Some five labour and women’s rights activists named Parvin Abdollahpour, Foad Faroughi, Saeid Mohammadi, Omar Soleimani, and Fateh Majidi were released on 18 June from Sanandaj and Baneh prisons on 300 million Toman bails – nearly 9,375 USD.

These activists were denied receiving family visits and a designated lawyer during their detention.

Security forces detained the five labour activists, along with three other activists named Nishtiman Rahmati, Hassan Ezzati, and Afshin Rahimi, in the city of Baneh in Kurdistan province, on 26 April, on the eve of International Workers’ Day.

Rahmati, Ezzati, and Rahimi had previously been released on bail.

Majidi went on a hunger strike on 9 May to protest against his continued detention and lack of access to medical care.

He was once taken from a security detention centre in Baneh to Salahuddin Ayoubi Hospital in handcuffs and fetters during this period. The activist was then returned to the detention centre without the necessary medical treatment.

In the past few years, security forces summoned and interrogated activists Abdollahpour, Rahmati, Ezzati, Majidi, Mohammadi, Soleimani, and Faroughi on several occasions.