Two Kurdish refugee activist arrested by Turkish security forces on Nov 19, 2017, are still at the Risk of deportation to Iran. These refugees were detained at Salim Pasha Camp in Istanbul on charges of cooperation with a Kurdish media in Iraqi Kurdistan.

“Shiva and Maria Ghalvazi, two Kurdish refugee activist who had recently introduced themselves to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Unified in Istanbul along with their family, are still in custody and a court hearing to review their deportation to Iran will be held on December 13.”, an informed source told Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).

“The forces of Security and Intelligence Services of Turkey (MIT) transferred them to the Qasem Pasha detention centre in Istanbul on Thursday, Nov 23, 2017, after arresting and interrogating them.” the source said.

According to the source, the lawyer of the two activists told their families that the Turkish security forces have asked the court to order the deportation of both the activists to Iran, due to cooperation with a Kurdish media outlawed in Turkey. They are being held at Camp Solim Pasha until their hearing which is scheduled for Dec 13, 2017.

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