Yesterday, January 12, at least four students were arrested during a rally at Kermanshah University in protest against the crash of the Ukrainian passenger jet which was shot by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) One of these detainees was released several hours later but three others are still in custody.

The three detainees include 61-year-old Siavash Hayati- a graduate student in political science and a spokesman for the Yarsan Civil Rights Advisory Council, Salah Gharibi- a veterinary student, and Nabi Tardast, a graduate student in sociology.

Yarsan Civil Rights Advisory Council also released a statement today and confirmed the arrest of Siavash Hayati while mentioning that his family members had been able to meet him at Kermanshah security police detention centre. The statement also said that Siavash Hayati was beaten and insulted at the time of his arrest and bruises were seen on his body.

The activist is also said to have been on hunger strike since yesterday in protest to being illegally detained.Nabi Tardast was arrested in a protest rally earlier in 2018 but he was released on bail.

Photos of security forces around Razi University in Kermanshah