Civil rights activists Sirous Abbasi and Azad Abbasi were arrested and subsequently sent to Qorveh Prison after being summoned to the court in Dehgolan, Kurdistan Province.

The brothers had previously been sentenced by Branch Two of the Criminal Court of Dehgolan to 48 months, 18 months, and 10 months in prison on charges of “assembly and collusion against national security”, “disturbing public order” and “propaganda against the state”, respectively.

Under Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, only the 48-month sentence is enforceable.

On 2 September, Sirous Abbasi, a board member of the Rouznobar Zanist Kurdistan educational institute, announced on his Instagram account that the Ministry of Education had revoked the institute’s licence.

He cited reasons such as “officialising the teaching of Kurdish in schools, supporting arrested teachers and supporting the Woman, Life, Freedom protests” as the pretext for this action.

The two brothers were taken into custody by security forces in Dehgolan on 21 September 2022 and transferred to the Ministry of Intelligence detention centre in Sanandaj.

After a month of interrogation, they were transferred to Sanandaj Central Prison and later released on temporary bail.