In a continuation of arrests targeting the families of the victims of the Woman, Life, Freedom protests, security forces today arrested Rezan Saedi and Moayyed Saedi, the aunt and brother of Sarina Saedi, and Omid Niyazi, the brother of Mohsen Niyazi, in the cities of Sanandaj and Dehgolan in Kurdistan Province.
The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned that security forces today surrounded the entrance to the Behesht-e-Mohammadi cemetery in Sanandaj and forcibly removed some of the families of the protest victims while insulting and disrespecting them.
Rezan Saedi and Moayyed Saedi, the relatives of Sarina Saedi, a child who was killed during the anti-government protests in Sanandaj, were detained inside the Behesht-e-Mohammadi cemetery.
In addition, Omid Niyazi, the brother of Mohsen Niyazi, who was killed during the protests in Dehgolan, was arrested by security forces while traveling from Dehgolan to Sanandaj.
There is no information about the charges against these individuals or where they are being held.
In recent weeks, the state security and judicial institutions increased pressure on the families of the victims of the Woman, Life, Freedom uprising ahead of the anniversary of the killing of Jina Mahsa Amini by the government.
The families were threatened not to publish any calls to organise events to mark the anniversary.
Some of the family members who have been summoned, threatened, or arrested in recent weeks in Quchan, Piranshahr, Karaj, Saqqez, and Mahabad are: Safa Aeli, the uncle of Jina Mahsa Amini; Reza Babrnezhad, the brother of Mehdi Babrnezhad; Hassan Daroftadeh and Mardin Daroftadeh, the father and brother of Komar Daroftadeh; Mashallah Karami, the father of Mohammad Mehdi Karami; Sharmin Habibi, the wife of Fereydoun Mahmoudi; Abdollah Aboubakri, the father of Zanyar Aboubakri; and Shahrouz Hosseinpouri, the brother of Azad Hosseinpouri.
Security and judicial forces have also carried out widespread summonses and arrests of the families of the victims in other cities in Iran.