According to the information obtained by Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), more than 40 Sunni civilians in various cities of Kurdistan have been arrested by security forces on charges of religious activities during the past seven months.

These people from Sanandaj, Kamyaran, Marivan, Baneh and Saqqez are all currently being held at the Ministry of Intelligence Detention Centre in Sanandaj. A number of these detainees have been able to talk briefly with their families.

However, despite repeated consistent enquiries made to the court and Ministry of Intelligence in Sanandaj during the past months so far, the families of some other detainees have not been able to visit them.

The KHRN has received the names of those prisoners who have been put under pressure to give false confessions for the TV documentary.

Baneh: Ayoub Feyzi, Shirzad ( surname not revealed), Khalil (surname not revealed), Ahmad (surname not revealed), Mohammad (surname not revealed), Mamosta Mohammad (surname not revealed), Bakhtiar (surname not revealed), Mamosta Loghman (surname not revealed).

Saqqez: Aria (surname not revealed), Farzad (surname not revealed) and Mehran (surname not revealed).

Sanandaj: Homayoun (surname not revealed), Hiresh (surname not revealed).

Mariwan: Arvin Karimzadeh

Torture, documentary and confessions

According to reliable sources, all detainees are under pressure to make confessions for a TV documentary. A number of these detainees have already made confessions under torture about things they have not done. The content of the interviews was dictated to the prisoners under direct supervision of the new Director-General of Kurdistan Province.

An informed source told KHRN that the Director General of the Kurdistan Provincial Intelligence Bureau is preparing a TV documentary of these confessions, in coordination with the provincial networks and Press TV. This TV documentary is intended to present the detainees as members of the Salafi radical groups which have planned armed operations inside Iran.