Kurdish civilians Keyvan Ghassemzadeh, Jalal Alavi, Jamal Alavi, Massoud Shepeheh, Salah Mousavi-Rad and Rasoul Bahmani have been arrested by Iranian security forces in Mahabad, West Azerbaijan province, in the past few days.

The detained civilians have been taken to an undisclosed location.

On 16 January, security forces arrested Ghassemzadeh, Jalal Alavi, Jamal Alavi, and Masoud Shepeheh who come from the village of Kuseh Kahriz in Mahabad, without providing a judicial warrant, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned.

Bahmani, who comes from Mahabad’s Khor Khoreh village, was arrested by security forces on 15 January.

Mousavi-Rad was arrested in one of the streets of Mahabad by the Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on 14 January. He was “severely beaten” at the time of arrest, said eyewitnesses.

The charges brought against these civilians and their whereabouts remain unknown.