More than three weeks after the arrest of Ashkan Fahim, a literary and cultural activist, and Reza Andisheh, a civil rights activist, there is no information on their current status and they are deprived of the right to contact and meet their families.

Both activists, along with an unidentified third person, were arrested in a raid carried out by over 60 armed agents of the Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The incident took place in the early hours of 15 September when security forces surrounded an alleyway near Independence Square in Mahabad, West Azerbaijan Province, where Fahim lived.

The agents forced their way into the house, smashing doors and windows, and arrested the activists after brutally beating and hitting them with rifle butts, causing serious injuries and bleeding

In recent weeks, the families of Fahim and Andisheh have been persistently seeking information about the circumstances of their arrest, their whereabouts and their current condition.

They have approached various security agencies and courts in both Mahabad and Orumiyeh in West Azerbaijan province.

However, the authorities have been reluctant to provide details, confirming only that the detainees are being held in a security detention facility in Orumiyeh.