Special reports Archives – KHRN

January 13, 2024

Special report: 23 women killed, dozens arrested, sentenced, fired from jobs

This report details cases of femicide, suspicious deaths of women, as well as the arrest and imprisonment of Kurdish women activists and their removal from their positions between 25 November 2022 and 25 November 2023. According to this report, at least 23 Kurdish women were murdered by male family members during this period. The deaths of three others were also reported as suspicious and linked…

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March 17, 2023

Special report: Mohyeddin Ebrahimi’s arrest, trial, execution

Kurdish political prisoner Mohyeddin Ebrahimi was executed today at Orumiyeh Central Prison, in north-western Iran. At the same time, the death sentences of four other Kurdish civilians, Yasin Rashidi, Jahanbakhsh Radloui, Salim (Mohammad) Ayoubian, and Foruhar Abbasnezhad, who were sentenced to death on drug-related charges, were also executed. On 15 March, Ebrahimi was moved from the ward for political prisoners to solitary confinement and was visited…

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January 11, 2023

Details of 121 Kurdish people killed during Mahsa (Jina) Amini protests in Iran

According to Iran Human Rights, a total of 481 people have been killed so far during the Mahsa (Jina) Amini protests across Iran, including in Iran’s Kurdish region. KHRN data of confirmed deaths of Kurdish people shows that 121 Kurds have been killed by Iranian security forces during the protests. KHRN has verified this information via multiple sources. At least two sources have confirmed the deaths…

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June 7, 2022

Kermanshah: Situation of women’s section in Juvenile Detention Centre

The families of some of the prisoners in the women’s ward of the Juvenile Detention Centre in Kermanshah spoke to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) about the grave situation in the prison. The families say about 70 women and a child are currently being held in the ward’s five rooms. Most of these prisoners are forced to sleep on the floor due to the…

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November 25, 2021

Special report: 61 women committed suicide, 25 murdered in seven months in Kurdistan, Iran

On the occasion of 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has prepared a detailed report on cases of genocide, honour killings, female suicides, as well as the arrests and imprisonments of Kurdish women activists in Iran from the beginning of the Iranian year 1400 (21 March 2021) to 25 November. Since 21 March, 61…

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November 5, 2021

Special report: Anniversary of Kurdish political prisoner Sherko Moarefi’s execution

On 3 November 2013, Kurdish political prisoner Sherko Moarefi was suddenly transferred to solitary confinement in Saqqez Prison without the prior notice of his lawyer and family. He was executed in prison the next morning, on 4 November. The body of this political prisoner was buried the same day in the city of Baneh under strict security measures. On the eighth anniversary of his execution, the Kurdistan…

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October 29, 2021

A Report by Kurdistan Human Rights Network on Secret Detention Centres of Iranian Security Institutions in Kermanshah, Sanandaj, Orumiyeh

The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has prepared this report to draw the attention of international human rights organisations to the situation of secret detention centres of two security agencies, the Ministry of Intelligence and the Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), in Iranian Kurdistan. The report briefly addresses the location of these secret detention centres and the detention conditions, interrogation, and…

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October 25, 2021

Special report: Execution anniversary of Kurdish political prisoners Habibollah Golparipour and Reza Mamadi

On 25 October 2013, Habibollah Golparipour in Orumiyeh Central Prison and Reza Mamadi in Salmas Prison were suddenly transferred to solitary confinement without the prior notice of their lawyers and families. The following morning, the two Kurdish political prisoners were executed. Security and judicial officials refused to hand over the bodies to the families and did not even specify their burial locations. Mamadi’s family managed to…

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September 13, 2021

Special report: Executed Kurdish political prisoner Kamal Ahmadnezhad

Three years ago, Iran executed Kurdish political prisoner Kamal Ahmadnezhad in Miandoab Central Prison in West Azerbaijan province on 10 September 2018. The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) had previously collected and published details on the arrest, torture under detention, court process, and execution of Kamal Ahmadnezhad. These details are republished in this report on the occasion of the anniversary of his execution. Arrest, false charges, unfair…

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Mother of forcibly disappeared PJAK member appeals to international community for help

Today marks the third anniversary of the arrest and enforced disappearance of Edris Feqhi, a member of the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK), by…

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Brother of slain protester imprisoned in Sanandaj to serve sentence

Hassan Amini, brother of Mohammad Amini, a protester killed during the Women, Life, Freedom anti-government uprising in Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, has been imprisoned in…

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Prisoner executed for murder-related charges in Kermanshah

Authorities executed Khalil Jamali, a prisoner sentenced to death on charges of “premeditated murder”, on 21 July in Dizel Abad Prison in Kermanshah, Kermanshah…

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Tradesman dies in hospital after shooting by Iran border guards

Rebwar Rashidi, a tradesman from Baneh, Kurdistan Province, died on 21 July after spending two weeks in a hospital in Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, as…

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Iran executes prisoner without notice, family meeting in Kermanshah

Danyal Kazeminezhad, a 30-year-old prisoner from Eslamabad-e Gharb in Kermanshah Province, was executed in Dizel Abad Prison in Kermanshah in the early hours of…

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Kurdish activist denied family contact in Tehran’s Evin Prison

Pakhshan Azizi, a Kurdish activist charges with “armed insurrection” (baghi), has been denied the right to contact or visit her family for two weeks…

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Young woman fatally stabbed by husband in Sanandaj

A 31-year-old woman from Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, Ayda Heydarian, was fatally stabbed by her husband on 17 July, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN)…

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Bedbug outbreak ignites protests in Sanandaj juvenile detention centre

Over the past two weeks, a bedbug infestation in the women’s ward of the Juvenile Detention Centre of Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, has led to…

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Security forces arrest Kurdish civilian, seal shop in Kamyaran

Kurdish civilian Feyzollah Shadi was arrested by security forces at his workplace in Kamyaran, Kurdistan Province, on 14 July and released 24 hours later,…

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IRGC shooting in Sardasht kills young kolbar, injures two

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forces today opened fire on a group of kolbars in the mountainous Qandil region of Sardasht, West Azerbaijan…

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Security forces arrest Kurdish activist in Sanandaj

Ali Allah-Veysi, a civil rights activist and former political prisoner, was arrested by security forces in Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, on 14 July and taken…

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Monthly Report of June 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of Kurdish civilians in different regions and cities across Iran.

This report includes all cases recorded and reported by KHRN from across Iran through its own sources and verification mechanisms from 1 June to 30 June.

The restrictive environment for independent human rights organisations in Iran, coupled with the pressures faced by individuals subjected to human rights violations and their families, make it difficult to publish accurate and comprehensive reports.

It is therefore important to note that the statistics and information presented in this report do not cover all cases of human rights violations. This report is the result of examining news and reports published by the KHRN and fact-checking of reports published by other human rights organisations and news websites.


In June, two women were killed by their husbands in Piranshahr and Sanandaj over alleged “family disputes”.

Kolbars and tradesmen

During this period, at least two kolbars were shot dead and nine kolbars were injured by Iranian border guards.

Of the injured, three were shot while six others were beaten by the border guards.

Civilian killings

In early June, at least two Kurdish civilians were killed by Iranian border guards in Oshnavieh.

On 2 June, Mohammad Ali Shiro was shot and wounded by border guards while collecting spring plants.

On 8 June, Jafar Gardi was shot and wounded by border guards on the suspicion of carrying contraband.

Landmine explosions

On 17 June, Hadi Ghoncheh-Doust, a civilian, was killed in a landmine explosion in Baneh.

Detentions and arrests

Throughout June, Iranian forces arrested at least 14 individuals, including two Yarsani civilians, an activist and a 73-year-old man.

At least two of the detained civilians were sent to Naqadeh Prison to serve prison sentences.


Over the past month, Iranian courts have sentenced at least nine people to punishments ranging from one year to three years and four months in prison.

Meanwhile, in early June, the Amnesty Commission overturned the death sentence of Kurdish Sunni cleric Mohammad Khezrnezhad.

  • Femicide
  • Kolbars and tradesmen
  • Civilian killings
  • Landmine explosions
  • Detentions and arrests
  • Sentences
NameIncident locationIncident dateExplanation
1Leyla PaymardPiranshahr16 June 32 years old, mother of two daughters aged 13 and 9, was set on fire by her husband due to family disputes and died four days later in Orumiyeh hospital
2Narmin PirahmanSanandaj23 JuneKilled by husband with multiple stab wounds in front of an office in Sanandaj as a result of “family dispute and conflict over divorce”
NameFromIncident locationIncident dateDead/InjuredExplanation
1Mozaffar Asad-RokhMarivanMarivan3 JuneInjuredShot by border guards
2Parviz GhaderiSaqqezBaneh4 JuneInjuredShot by border guards
3 Salah (surname unknown)Sarvabad, MarivanTateh, Hawraman, Marivan4 JuneInjuredShot by border guards
4Hazhir MahmoudpourJavanrudNowsud5 JuneKilledShot by border guards
5Shadman PayaMarivanTateh, Hawraman, Marivan10 JuneInjuredBeaten by border guards
6Naseh (surname unknown)Kalatrazan, SanandajTateh, Hawraman, Marivan10 JuneInjuredBeaten by border guards
7Arman HosseiniSaqqezBaneh11 JuneInjuredShot by border guards
8Arkan BalvasehMarivanTateh, Hawraman, Marivan21 JuneKilled29 years old, not carrying goods, shot by border guards
9Mohammad KakiBanehBaneh26 JuneInjured21 years old, shot by border guards
10Omid MoradiMarivanTateh, Hawraman, Marivan28 JuneInjuredBeaten by border guards
11Shirzad ChawshiniBanehBaneh29 JuneInjuredBeaten and shot by border guards
1Mohammad Ali ShiroOshnaviehOshnavieh2 JuneOshnavieh border guardsShot and wounded by border guards while collecting spring plants
2Jafar GardiOshnaviehOshnavieh8 JuneOshnavieh border guardsShot and wounded by border guards on the suspicion of carrying contraband
NameFromLocation of incidentDate of incidentStatus
1Hadi Ghoncheh-DoustBanehBaneh17 JuneKilled
NameFromDetention locationDetention dateActivityLocation held and latest status
1Matin (Zanyar) MehdizadehOshnaviehOshnavieh2 JuneCivilian
2Adel Haji KhelaniSi Sar village, SardashtSardasht2 JuneCivilian
3Younes NabizadehDalo villageOrumiyeh6 JuneCivilian
4Reza BabrnezhadQuchanQuchan6 JuneFamily member of killed civilian
5Heidar FatahiMarivanMarivan8 JuneCivilian
6Mohammad Amin MohammadiPiranshahrPiranshahr10 June73-year-old civilianTaken to Naqadeh Prison to serve 2 years
7Farid BadidastDivandarrehDivandarreh12 JuneCivilian
8Pourya MennatiSahnehKermanshahJuneYarsani civilian
9Shoja MennatiSahnehKermanshahJuneYarsani civilian
10Jafar (Dara) AminiBukanBukan15 JuneFormer political prisoner and civil rights activist
11Esmaeil Pour-AbdollahBukanBukanMid-JuneCivilian
12Salah SouriPiranshahrPiranshahrMid-JuneCivilian
13Edris DadrasMarivanMarivan25 JuneCivilian, beaten during arrest
14Akam KhezrnezhadPiranshahrPiranshahr30 JuneCivilianTaken to Naqadeh Prison to serve 2 years
NameResident ofCharged withDate sentencedIssuing courtSentenceExplanation
1Mohammad KhezrnezhadBukanSpreading corruption on earth, harming the integrity of the country’s independence, propaganda against the stateEarly JuneAmnesty CommissionCancellation of the death sentenceKurdish Sunni cleric
2Yousef Haji-KhoshOshnaviehAction against national security through collaboration with one of the opposition partiesMid-JuneIslamic Revolutionary Court in Oshnavieh3 years and 4 months imprisonment Member of the Central Council and Executive Board of the United Kurdish Front
3Farhad SheikhiSaqqezPropaganda against the Islamic Republic of IranMid-JuneBranch One of Islamic Revolutionary Court in Karaj1 year imprisonment, 2 years ban on leaving Iran, 2 years life in exile Divandarreh, ban on living in Alborz and Tehran provinces for two yearsLabour activist
4Morteza SeyyediKamyaranForming a group with the intention of disrupting the security of the country22 JuneBranch Two of Islamic Revolutionary Court in Shahriar2 years of imprisonment including previous detentionLabour activist
5Mehdi MajidiBukanSupporting the Israeli government, propaganda against the state, insulting the leadership23 JuneCourt of Appeal of Orumiyeh Confirmation of the sentence of 3 years imprisonmentCivilian
6Matin HassaniBukanEnticing or inciting people to fight and kill each other with the intention of disrupting the country’s security, propaganda against the state25 JuneBranch 101 of Criminal Court Two in Bukan31 months imprisonment