The whereabouts of Sayyad Darvishi, the brother of Farjad Darvishi, the protester killed by Iranian forces during the anti-government uprising of Women Life Freedom in Orumiyeh, West Azerbaijan Province, remain unknown after he was arrested by the Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the city in late October.

The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned that despite repeated attempts by his family to obtain information from security institutions and the Orumiyeh court, no details of his situation have been released.

The family have been threatened by security forces, who have warned them against giving interviews or releasing information about their son.

A brief phone call from the IRGC Intelligence Organisation days after Darvishi’s arrest provided limited information, stating that he was being held in one of its Orumiyeh detention centres and that he would be handed over to the judiciary after interrogation.

Since his arrest, Darvishi has been denied the right to legal representation and communication with his family.

Prior to his arrest in October, the civilian had received repeated telephone threats from the IRGC’s intelligence branch.

On 20 September, security forces also intervened to prevent the commemoration of the first anniversary of the killing of Farjad Darvishi by state forces in the village of Balou in Orumiyeh.

Farjad Darvishi, 23, was killed by military-security forces’ gunfire during anti-government protests in the Vali-e Asr neighbourhood of Orumiyeh on 20 September.