Religious Freedom Archives - KHRN

April 5, 2019

Sunni Clergyman Banned from travelling to Zahedan

Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN): Sanandaj intelligence Office has banned Hassan Amini, a well-known clergyman in Kurdistan and the head of Imam Bokhara 'Religious School' of Sanandaj, in Kurdistan from travelling to Zahedan and attending the graduation ceremony of Dar-Alolum theology students in Zahedan "Per the Islamic jurisprudence and numerous principles of the Constitution including Principle 12, taking these measures against the Sunni clergies is...

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April 4, 2019

Sunni Clergyman Not Allowed to Leave Kurdistan and Visit Zahedan

Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN): Sanandaj intelligence Office has banned Kak Hashim Hossein Panahi, a well-known religious activist, in Kurdistan from travelling to Zahedan. "During a telephone call from the Kurdistan Intelligence Office, Professor Kak Hashim Hossein Panahi, a teacher at the Imam Bukhari Religious School of Sanandaj, was banned from participating at the graduation ceremony of Religious scholars in Zahedan. It is worth noting...

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February 6, 2019

Special Report: 40 Sunni Prisoners Pressured to Make False Confessions in TV Documentary

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...

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December 2, 2018

The Sunni Cleric of Kurdistan Criticised Discrimination Against Sunnis in Iran

Kurdistan Human Rights Network - Hassan Amini known as the director of Religious Sciences school of Imam Bukhari based in Sananda criticised discrimination against Sunnis in Iran in an open letter published on the occasion of Islamic Unity week. The Sunni cleric, who for years has been summoned and interrogated by Iranian security agencies for religious activities, criticised the Sunni situation in Iran on the...

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September 19, 2018

A Kurdish Religious Activist Briefed on the Alleged Charges at the Special Clerical Court of Hamedan

The trial of Hashem Hussein Panahi, a Kurdish religious activist, was held at Special Clerical Court on Sept 18, 2018. According to Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), Hashem Hussein Panahi was summoned to the Hamedan Special Clerical Court through a telephone call on September 13. Today, his trial was held at the aforementioned court where the judge briefed him on the alleged charges of "propaganda...

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August 23, 2018

Sunni Muslims Banned from Holding Eid al-Adha Prayers in Tehran

According to the news published in some sites affiliated with the Sunnis in Iran, on Wednesday morning Aug 22, security forces showed up at the entrance to the Sunni's prayer chambers in some areas of Tehran including Resalat, Yaft Abad, Punak, Khalij Fars and a number of other places to prevent Sunni worshippers from holding Eid al Adha Prayers. According to a Sunni citizen from...

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July 26, 2018

A Kurdish Teacher Transferred to Mahabad Prison to Endure his Sentence

A teacher from Sardasht, recently sentenced to 18 months in prison by the Revolutionary Court on charges of "membership in the Iranian Call and Reform Organization", was transferred to Mahabad Prison to endure his sentence. Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has been informed that Bakhtiar Arefi, a Teacher from Sardasht who has been arrested on Tuesday June 23, was summoned to the Enforcement Office following...

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September 26, 2017

Iran: The Exile Sentence of Kurdish Cleric Carried Out

A Famous Kurdish cleric residing in Orumiye was sent to exile following the order issued by Special Courts for the Clergy (SCC) in Tabriz during the past few days. "On Sept 19, 2017, Mamousta Reza Abdi (director of the Salahuddin Ayyubi Religious Studies School of Orumieh) was exiled to Shno city (also known in Farsi as Oshnavieh). He was sentenced by the Special Clergy Court...

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September 26, 2017

A Kurdish Yarsan Activist arrested in North of Iran

Iran’s Security forces arrested a Kurdish Yarsan activist who was a resident of Neka (a city in the north of Iran) and transferred him to an unknown location. The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has been informed that on Aug 30, 2017, Hossein Mansouri,a Kurdish Yarsan activist was arrested by security forces in Neka and transferred to an unknown location. "This activist has only had one...

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