Iranian security forces arrested photographer Mehdi Tavakkoli in Sanandaj, Kurdistan province, and took him to an undisclosed location on 14 February.

There is no information on the charges brought against the civilian.

Security forces previously arrested Tavakkoli in Sanandaj on 12 October 2016, taking him to the detention centre of the Ministry of Intelligence in the city.

After 35 times of interrogations, he was transferred to Sanandaj Central Prison.

After being released on bail, the Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj sentenced Tavakkoli to one year in jail and one year of suspended imprisonment in July 2017.

The court charged the photographer with “acting against national security” through his alleged “collaboration” with a Kurdish opposition party.

In November 2019, he was arrested again by security forces and released on bail after a month.

Tavakkoli is a well-known photographer in Sanandaj and a photography instructor at the Kurdistan Youth Cinema Society.

In previous years, he had organised several photo exhibitions in Sanandaj with the theme of “Displaced People of Shengal and Kobani in the Kurdistan Region [of Iraq]”.