The forces of Security and Intelligence Services of Turkey (MI) beat up the family of a Kurdish asylum seeker activist in Turkey and kidnapped two members of the family and transferred them to a security detention centre.

“At 18:30 on Nov 18, 2017, the family of Sheida Rahimi (Kurdish asylum seeker activist) was beaten up while returning to their place of residence in Istanbul by Turkish intelligence forces known as (MIT). Two of the family members, including Shiva and Maria Ghalvazi, were kidnapped.” An informed source told Kurdistan Human Rights Network.

The source expressed concerns over “the risk of deportation of these two activists to Iran,”and reported that “they had been detained at a security detention centre in Istanbul.”

“Today, a lawyer from the Human Rights Organization in Turkey- who had referred to the Istanbul judiciary to track their detention status, has been told that no lawyer would be allowed to review the dossier of their case due to the security reasons”, the source said.

Shida Rahimi, the mother of these two civil activists, was arrested on May 15, 2016 by security forces at Sanandaj,Bazaar but she was released on bail of 300 million Tomans after thirty-eight days.

On July 21, 2016, this civil activist was sentenced to six years in prison on charges of acting against national security at Sanandaj Revolutionary Court (Branch 1) headed by Judge Saeedi.

The family of this activist left Iran after the security forces attempted to charge other members of the family. They stayed in Iraqi Kurdistan for a long time before moving to Turkey and introducing themselves to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Unified in Istanbul.

Copy of the letter written by these two asylum seekers letter published by UNHCR High Commissioner for refugees in Turkey has been included below.