Newroz Archives - KHRN

April 12, 2022

Oshnavieh: Iran detains 6 Kurdish civilians for participating in Newroz

Iranian security forces have detained six Kurdish civilians in Oshnavieh, West Azerbaijan province, on 10 April and taken them to the detention facility of the Ministry of Intelligence in the city. The names of these civilians are Saman Rasoulzadeh, Sanan Rasoulzadeh, Ashkan Shikak, Reza Eslamdoust, Sina Ghaderzadeh, and Diako Khalili. Reportedly, security forces raided the civilians' houses and detained them without presenting an arrest warrant. The Ministry...

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April 5, 2022

March 2022: Human rights violations in Iranian Kurdistan

In March, Iranian security forces detained dozens of Kurdish activists and the individuals who organise annual Newroz (also Nowruz in Persian) celebrations in the Kurdish cities and villages in Iran. These activists were summoned by intelligence institutions, were threatened and were forced to sign written pledges prohibiting participants from using Kurdish symbols and playing happy and epic songs; such as the Kurdish national anthem. The pledges...

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March 23, 2022

Newroz: Iran security forces detain dozens in Kurdistan over celebrations

Iranian security forces have arrested dozens of Kurdish civilians and activists during and after the annual Newroz (also Nowruz in Persian) celebrations in Kurdistan in the past few weeks. The security agencies of the Islamic Republic of Iran have summoned and interrogated dozens and warned them against holding Newroz celebrations in public. The Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Ministry of Intelligence,...

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March 30, 2021

Security forces detain four Kurdish civilians following Newroz celebrations in Iranian Kurdistan

Iranian security forces have detained four Kurdish civilians in the city of Baneh and its Yaqubabad village, in western Kurdistan province, on 25 March. The detainess have been taken to an unknown location. Reportedly, civilians Parviz Qaderi, Hawzhin Qaderi, Rebwar Qaderi, and Behrouz Qaderi were detained following the Newroz (also Nowruz in Persian) celebrations in Yaqubabad. The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) had previously published a...

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March 26, 2021

Newroz celebrations carried out despite security atmosphere, summons, detentions

Iranian intelligence agencies have summoned more than 50 Kurdish activists in many Kurdish cities before Newroz celebrations, threatening them and banning the celebrations. Every year on 20 March, Kurds in different regions celebrate Newroz (known as Nowruz in Persian) by lighting fire and dancing. But as in the years before, the Intelligence Office and the Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have...

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March 19, 2021

Iran’s IRGC prevent Kurds from celebrating Nowruz in Bukan, Saqqez

After announcements were made on social media that Nowruz (also Newroz in Kurdish) would be celebrated by lighting fire on Taragha mountain of Bukan and Roush mountain of Saqqez, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) blocked the roads leading to these mountains, preventing people from participating in the celebrations. In an interview with the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), a civil rights activist from Bukan...

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April 9, 2019

Kurdish Poet Released on Bail

Kurdistan Human Rights Network(KHRN); April 09,2019: Kurdish poet, Hossein Bagheri (known as Jakan Baran), was released on Apr 7, 2019 on a bail of 50 million Tomans. This Kurdish poet was arrested at his home in Ilam on March 19. He published a video about his hunger strike from the time he was arrested until Apr 2, 2019 and released on bail on his Instagram...

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March 30, 2019

Summons and Arrest of Several Kurdish Civilians Following the Newroz Ceremony

Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN): Following the celebration of Newroz (Nowruz) in various cities and villages in Kurdistan, several Kurdish civilians were summoned and arrested by the Intelligent Office. According to the information obtained by KHRN, the Newroz ceremony- which was supposed to be held in the city of Malekshahi in Ilam province- was cancelled without any reason due to the involvement of security institutions....

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March 19, 2019

Kurdish Activists Summoned and Threatened on the Eve of Newroz in Kurdistan

Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN): The Ministry of Intelligence of Iran has warned people against holding celebrations on the eve of the Newroz( Nowruz) in various cities and villages in Kurdistan by summoning or calling a number of Kurdish activists. Several Kurdish activists, summoned and interrogated by the Intelligence Ministry Office in various cities of Kurdistan, have told KHRN about the pressure and threats of...

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