Dozens of protesters were arrested during a rally in Orumiyeh on 12 October in protest of the Turkish army’s attack on northern and eastern Syria (Rojava). Two of these protesters have been sentenced to prison, others are kept in custody while some others have been released on bail, various sources told Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).

Two of the female detainees, Somayeh Sakani and Kowsar Ismaili, were transferred to the Women’s ward of Orumiyeh Central Prison. Another unidentified woman is said to have been released on bail.

Moreover, two other detained protesters, Keyvan Zare and Reza Ismaili, were sentenced to one year in prison at the branch 1 of Orumiyeh Revolutionary Court headed by Judge Chabok on charges of “propaganda against the state.” The two civilians are currently in the youth ward of Orumiyeh Central Prison.

Another Kurdish civilian Omid Maleki, who was transferred to Orumiyeh Central Prison last week, was transferred to Orumiyeh Intelligence Service for questioning, a source told the KHRN.

According to sources, at least 10 other detainees have been transferred to a ward of the Orumiyeh Central Prison which  is located 200 meters away from the prison and there is no way to connect it. Therefore, their exact identities and status remain unclarified. There is a possibility that these detainees will be tried and sentenced in silence. 

Following the Turkish army’s attack on northern and eastern Syria, many Kurdish cities of Iran from Orumiyeh, Khoy, Mahabad, Piranshahr, Sardasht, Bukan, Saqqez, Baneh, Marivan, Sanandaj, Dehgolan, Divandareh, Kermanshah, Javanrood, Paveh, Ravansar, Ilam and Ivan held rallies in condemnation of the attack, and dozens of civilians were arrested and summoned by the security agencies.

KHRN had earlier published the names of a number of these civilians in a report.