Kurdish athlete Afsaneh Shahi remains in detention three weeks after her arrest by the Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The Kurdish woman was arrested without a warrant on 30 May during a raid on her family’s home in Bukan, West Azerbaijan Province, and taken to the IRGC’s Intelligence Organisation detention facility in Orumiyeh, West Azerbaijan Province.

The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned that Shahi, from Bukan, has only been allowed two short phone calls with her family since her detention and has been denied visitation rights and access to legal representation.

In a related incident, Jafar (Dara) Amini, Shahi’s cousin and a former political prisoner, was also arrested by the Intelligence Organisation of the IRGC in Bukan on 15 June.