Iranian security forces arrested today a Kurdish labour activist named Khabat Dehdar in Sanandaj, Kurdistan province, and transferred him to an undisclosed location.

The activist had previously been released from Sanandaj Central Prison in April 2020 after spending four years in prison.

Dehdar was a member of the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan for eight years before receiving a letter of safe conduct in 2010 to return to Iran.

On 2 March 2011, the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj sentenced him to five years suspended imprisonment on charges of membership in Komala.

On the last day of his suspended sentence on 1 March 2016, security forces re-arrested the activist and interrogated him for 20 days.

He was later sentenced to three months and 10 days in prison in another case on charges of “propaganda against the state”. His previous suspended sentence was also put into effect.

The political prisoner was imprisoned in Sanandaj Central Prison on 12 May 2016 to serve his sentence.

He was later released from prison on 12 April 2020.