Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence in Sanandaj, Kurdistan province, temporarily released four Kurdistan-Divandarreh Teachers’ Union members, named Omid Shah-Mohammadi, Parviz Ahsani, Kaveh Mohammadzadeh and Hiva Ghoreishi after 76 days on 30 August.

The four activists were released on a bail of one and a half billion Iranian Tomans – nearly 47,000 USD – each.

Last week, the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office in Sanandaj extended the temporary detention of these activists for the third time.

The Coordinating Council of Iran’s Educators’ Union had announced that these activist teachers were accused of “propaganda against the state” and were under pressure from security interrogators to make forced confessions in this regard.

Security forces arrested these teachers on 15 June at their houses in Divandarreh due to their union activities and participation in a teachers’ union sit-in protest.

After their arrests, the four teachers’ union activists were taken to the detention centre of the intelligence ministry in Sanandaj.

Due to the opposition of the interrogators of the intelligence ministry, these Kurdish teachers were held without the right to have a lawyer or receive family visits.