The arrest warrants for ten Kurdish political and civil rights activists ‘Hadi Kamangar, Fazel Qeitisi, Reza Asadi, Farhad Mohammadi, Rashed Montazeri, Hossein Kamangar, Isa Feizi, Amanj Ghorbani, Zanyar Zemiran and Bakhtiar Kamangar’ were extended over the past few days. They have also been severely under pressure for making TV confessions. These civilians were arrested by security forces earlier between January 01 and 06.
An informed source, who wished to remain anonymous for security reasons, has told Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) that “according to the Interrogation Office of Kamyaran and Sanandaj the arrest warrants of 10 civil and political activists have been extended for another month. During a brief call to their family, these detainees have informed them that they were still under interrogations in unknown locations. The efforts of families and a number of Kurdish lawyers to find out about the fate and charges brought against these individuals remains inconclusive”.
KHRN has also been informed by a former detained civilian, held at the Ministry of Intelligence Detention Centre in Sanandaj for some time, that all the ten detainees held at the Intelligence Detention Centre in Sanandaj were under pressure to make TV confessions. He further added that the new Director General of the Office of Intelligence is also involved in the process of confession and pressure against these people.
According to reports, Nahid Kamangar (wife of Rashid Montazeri), Nasrin Naghdi (wife of Hossein Kamangar) and Zara Yousefi (wife of Fadhil Qaytazi) have been summoned by the Kamyaran Intelligence Office and interrogated for several hours during the past few days.
The Kurdish branch of the National Unity Party has issued a statement following the detention of the Secretary of the National Unity Party in Kurdistan and a number of current and former members regarding the serious concern over the fate of its activists for over 26 days.
Earlier, KHRN had published a special report about the detention of Kurdish activists.
The following contains names of the Kurdish activists detained in Kamyaran and Sanandaj:
– Amanj Ghorbani, a senior environmental expert, employee of the Department of Environment in Kamyaran and a journalist. He has been involved in environmental activities and written research papers on strategic environmental issues in local and national media.
– Bakhtiar Kamangar: civilian and trusted marketer in Kamyaran.
– Hossein Kamangar: former members of the legal party, who was previously arrested twice for his political activities.
– Rashed Montazeri: a bank employee, an environmental activist and member of Shahini Village Council in Kamyaran.
– Reza Asadi: an environmental activist and member of the Kurdistan branch of National Unity Party in Kamyaran.
– Zanyar Zemiran: Director General for Kurdistan Province Regional Water, he holds a masters degree and is a former Deputy Head of Kurdistan branch of National Unity Party in Sanandaj. He is a well-known member of the Central Council of the Academic Research Organization of Civil Engineering Students in Iran, secretary to the Permanent Secretariat of the Conferences of Civil Engineering Students in Iran.
– Isa Feizi, environmental activist and a former member of the Kurdistan branch of the National Unity Party in Kamyaran.
– Fazel Qeitasi: environmental activist and member of the Kurdistan branch of the National Unity Party in Kamyaran, former member of the Kamyaran City Council.
– Farhad Mohammadi: law specialist and Secretary of the Kurdistan branch of the National Unity Party in Sanandaj.
– Hadi Kamangar: environmental activist and former member of the Kurdistan branch of the National Unity Party in Kamyaran