Iranian security forces have detained four more people in the majority Kurdish western Iran without a court order, on 23-24 January, bringing the number of detentions in the recent wave of arrests of Kurdish civilians and activists to a total of 57, sources have told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network.
Reportedly, on 24 January, civilian Babak Babaei was detained in the city of Saqez and Jamil Ahmadi in Sanandaj. While, the day before that, Afshin Elahi was detained in Saqez and Sirvan Amini in Sanandaj. It is not known where the detainees were taken.
The detentions follow a new wave of arrests of Kurdish citizens and rights activists by security forces, which began on 9 January.
In an interview with the Kurdistan Human Rights Network, a number of family members of the recent detainees, who reside in Tehran, Karaj, Bukan, Rabat, and Mahabad, said that after their follow-ups and applications to the West Azarbaijan Provincial Prosecutor’s Office, the Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and the intelligence service, they figured out that the detentions were carried out arbitrarily and without a court order.
According to these families, a number of detainees have told their families during brief telephone calls that they were detained in the Intelligence Organization of the IRGC in Orumiyeh. However, the prosecutor of their cities and the Orumiyeh Public Prosecutor have informed the families that they were not aware of any such arrests and that no arrest warrants have been issued against the detainees.
The investigation by the Kurdistan Human Rights Network suggest that the new wave of arrests has been carried out simultaneously by the Intelligence Organisation of the IRGC in the cities of Tehran, Karaj, Mahabad, Rabat, and Marivan, and by the Ministry of Intelligence in the cities of Piranshahr, Bukan, Naqadeh, Saqez, and Marivan.
The names of the 57 Kurdish civilians and activists, which are confirmed by the Kurdistan Human Rights Network, are as follows:
9 January 2021:
Asrin Mohammadi in Tehran
Aram Yousefi in Sanandaj
Farzad Samani and Sohaib Badrouj in Karaj
Shapol Khezri, Darya Talebani, Salar Rahavi, Sirvan Nouri, Afshin Mamahmadi, Sirvan Hosseinzadeh, and Iman Abdi in Mahabad
Bahman Yousefzadeh, Farhad Musapour, and Fereydoun Musapour in Rabat Azimeh Naseri in BukanDana Samadi, Sirvan Karimzadeh, Karvan Minouyi, Zanyar Motamedi, and Saman Advai in Marivan
10 January 2021:
Jabar Pirouzi in Marivan
11 January 2021:
Hossein Gardeshi in Bukan
12 January 2021:
Adel Parvazeh in Marivan
Sherko Paahou in the village of Vlazhir in Marivan Siamak Advai and Akram Advai in Sarvabad
14 January 2021:
Soran Mohammadi in Mahabad
16 January 2021:
Amir Bayezidi Azar in Mahabad
18 January 2021:
Fardin Advai in Sarvabad
19 January 2021:
Fariba Ahmadi, Rozhin Mohammadpour, Foad Mohammadpour, Sardar Mohammadpour, Hersh Rasoulpour, Mohammad Haji Rasoulpour, Ali Zolfi, and Hossein Mehrbani in Bukan
Pshtivan Nabi Zargetan, Karim Khalifani, Hesamoddin Khezri, Rahman Ebrahimi, and Rasoul Lavazeh in Piranshahr,
Diyako Zartoshti in Naghadeh
Taleb Reyhani and Rashid Reyhani in the Shawla village of Naghadeh
Rashid Ahmadi, Mohammad Amin Ahmadi in the Lagaz village of Bukan
Reza Zandi, Farhad Zandi, and Mohammad Zandi, in the village of Abasabad in Bukan
20 January 2021:
Ghader Rasoulpour in Bukan
21 January 2021:
Ata Rahmanzadeh in Saqez
23 January 2021:
Sirvan Amini in the Hassanabad town of Sanandaj
Afshin Elahi in Saqez
24 January 2021:
Babak Babaei in Saqez
Jamil Ahmadi in the Hassanabad town of Sanandaj