The Ministry of Intelligence in Kamyaran, Kurdistan province, has summoned a Kurdish woman named Nahid Kamangar on 6 July, interrogated her, and sent her to the Juvenile Detention Centre of Sanandaj.

Nahid Kamangar is a student of Kurdish language and literature at the University of Kurdistan in Sanandaj.

She is the daughter of the Kurdish political prisoner Hossein Kamangar, sentenced in March 2021 to 15 years in prison on “armed insurrection” charges.

Kamangar has been held in the detention centre of the intelligence ministry and then in Sanandaj Prison since January 2019.

Following the prisoner’s appeal against the verdict, the case has been referred to the Supreme Court of Iran.

Also, Rashed Montazeri, a civil activist and Nahid Kamangar’s husband, was arrested simultaneously as Hossein Kamangar in January 2019. He was released on bail four months later.

The office of the intelligence ministry repeatedly summoned and interrogated Nahid Kamangar during the detentions of her father and husband.

A source in Kamyaran said the intelligence ministry interrogated the Kurdish woman in her last detention as well.

“Security officers asked her to cooperate and make a confession against her imprisoned father, but she refused to accept the interrogators’ demands. Therefore, she was detained temporarily and transferred to the women’s ward of the Juvenile Detention Centre of Sanandaj.”

The source added that Nahid Kamangar was not personally involved in politics. Her arrest appears to have been connected with her father and husband’s political activities.

Summoning and detaining family members is one of the tools used by the security services of the Islamic Republic of Iran to put pressure on prisoners and political activists.