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September 20, 2023

Kurdish cities of Bukan, Saqqez remain under heavy military control

Reports from Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) sources indicate that the Islamic Republic of Iran's military-security forces continue to maintain their presence with light and semi-heavy weapons at the entrances to Saqqez, Kurdistan Province, and Bukan, West Azerbaijan Province, closely monitoring the movements of civilians. In both cities, these security forces and special police units remain prominently positioned in the streets and main squares. In addition,...

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September 18, 2023

Kurdistan on anniversary of Jina Amini’s murder: Strikes, protests, state repression

Widespread general strike On 16 September 2023, coinciding with the first anniversary of Iran's killing of Jina Mahsa Amini and the beginning of the Jin Jiyan Azadi (Woman, Life, Freedom) uprising, many cities in Kurdistan commenced their day with a widespread general strike. This general strike had been called for by Kurdish opposition parties and had garnered support from activists and civilians in Kurdistan. The Kurdistan Human...

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September 18, 2023

Civilian in critical condition after being shot by IRGC sniper in Saqqez

Fardin Jafari, a 27-year-old civilian with mental disability, is in a critical condition after being shot in the head by an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) sniper near Aichi cemetery in Saqqez, Kurdistan Province, on the afternoon of 16 September. The shooting took place on the anniversary of the government's killing of Jina Mahsa Amini, a young Kurdish woman who is buried in the Aichi...

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September 14, 2023

Uprising anniversary: Special forces deployed, security tightened in Kurdish cities

As the anniversary of the Woman, Life, Freedom Uprising approaches, there have been reports of significant deployments of special police forces and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) units in Orumiyeh, Bukan, Mahabad, Saqqez, Divandarreh, Sanandaj, Marivan, Kamyaran, Javanrud, Kermanshah, Eslamabad-e Gharb, Ilam and Abdanan. According to information gathered by the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), in recent days, thousands of anti-insurgency personnel from police forces...

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September 13, 2023

Jina Mahsa Amini’s father threatened for family’s commemoration plans

Amjad Amini, the father of Jina Mahsa Amini, has been summoned and interrogated by the Ministry of Intelligence in Saqqez, Kurdistan Province, four times in the past two weeks. A relative of the Amini family revealed that the most recent summons was on 11 September, during which Mr Amini was questioned for one hour. During the interrogation, the relative told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN),...

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September 5, 2023

Security forces arrest uncle of Jina Mahsa Amini in Saqqez

Iranian security forces today arrested Jina Mahsa Amini's uncle Safa Aeli in Saqqez, Kurdistan Province and took him to an undisclosed location, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned. Aeli was arrested without a court warrant at 13:00 local time as he was returning home when security forces raided his house. During the search, the forces confiscated some of his personal belongings and identification documents...

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August 29, 2023

Condemn mass arrests of Kurds in Iran ahead of protests anniversary

As the anniversary of the murder of Jina Mahsa Amini by the government and the beginning of the Woman, Life, Freedom uprising approaches, the security institutions of the Islamic Republic of Iran are carrying out widespread arrests of civilians, activists and the families of those who lost their lives in the uprising throughout Iran, particularly in Kurdish regions. At the same time, many shopkeepers and...

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August 24, 2023

Father of slain protester threatened ahead of uprising anniversary

Abdollah Aboubakri, the father of Zanyar Aboubakri, one of the victims of the anti-government protests in Mahabad, West Azerbaijan Province, was detained and threatened for several hours today after being summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence office in the city. Aboubakri was released after signing a written undertaking not to take part in any events during the upcoming anniversary of the Woman, Life, Freedom uprising,...

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August 21, 2023

Trial of lawyer for Jina Amini’s family rescheduled for late August

The trial of Saleh Nikbakht, the lawyer representing the family of Jina Mahsa Amini, which was scheduled to take place on 1 August and postponed for administrative reasons, has been rescheduled for 29 August at Branch 28 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned. An informed source who spoke to the KHRN said that "Mr Nikbakht is...

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