Iran has released today Kurdish activists Aram Fathi and Sorayya Haghdoust on bail after 11 days of detention.

The two activists have been released on a bail of 100 million Iranian Tomans – nearly 4,000 USD.

A source close to the families of the activists spoke to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN). The Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Marivan have “tortured” Fathi in solitary confinement, it said.

Despite the activist suffering from rheumatism and needing weekly injections, they denied him access to medical services, the source added.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Marivan has accused Fathi of “acting against national security” through propaganda activities aimed at boycotting Iran’s recent presidential elections.

The source also confirmed Sorayya Haghdoust’s temporary release from the women’s ward of the Juvenile Detention Centre of Sanandaj on bail.

Security officers had transferred the activist to Sanandaj after her arrest in Marivan as there is no detention centre for women in this city.

Due to Haghdoust’s poor physical condition and suffering from degenerative disc disease, they had taken her to Sanandaj by ambulance.

On 17 June, a person introducing himself as an officer of the Intelligence and Public Security Police of the Law Enforcement Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran (NAJA) had summoned Sorayya Haghdoust. Security forces arrested her as soon as she had left her house and took her to the office of the Intelligence and Public Security Police of NAJA.

Sorayya Haghdoust is a civil rights activist and member of the Khaneh-ye Ensan (meaning Human House in Persian) organisation in Marivan.

Simultaneously, security forces arrested the poet and civil rights activist Aram Fathi at his house in Marivan.

Forces of the Intelligence Organisation of the IRGC have several times summoned and detained Fathi in recent years in connection with his civil activities. They seized his passport during his last arrest in January 2020 and have banned him from leaving the country.