Sources of the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) in various cities of Iranian Kurdistan report that a score of civilians have been summoned and interrogated by security agencies over the past month for allegedly publishing information in favour of boycotting the upcoming presidential election.

According to these sources, in the past month, the offices of the Ministry of Intelligence and the Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have summoned a number of Kurdish civilians who published information on the internet and social media networks about not participating in the elections and have interrogated them for several hours.

Earlier, on 28 May, Hossein Ashtari, commander-in-chief of the Law Enforcement Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran (NAJA), had threatened to “deal with” those who are “election norm-breakers” and “call on people not to take part in the elections.”

In an interview with the KHRN, a Kurdish civilian said that during an interrogation at a security institution he was threatened to be arrested and prosecuted for publishing information about the people’s reluctance to participate in the presidential election.