Iranian security forces detained five Kurdish woman activists named Faranak Rafiei, Baran Saedi, Mahrou Hedayati, Azadeh Jamaati and Bahar Zangiband in Sanandaj, Kurdistan province, in the past few days.

The activists were taken to undisclosed locations.

On 19 September, security forces raided Saedi’s house and arrested her without presenting a court order.

Jamati was arrested after she went to the office of the Ministry of Intelligence in Sanandaj. The security forces raided her house, too, but could not find her at home.

On 18 September, the security forces simultaneously raided Hedayati and Zangiband’s houses and arrested them.

Separately, Rafiei was arrested on 17 September in Sanandaj.

No information has been obtained about the fate of these civil rights activists and their whereabouts.