Saqqez Archives - KHRN

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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June 11, 2023

Security forces detain families visiting graves of killed protesters

Iranian security forces in Saqqez, Kurdistan province, detained a group of family members of victims of recent anti-government protests on 10 June, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned. A group of 30 people, including several minors, had travelled from the cities of Dehgolan, Sanandaj and Divandareh in Kurdistan province to Saqqez, Kurdistan province, and Bukan, West Azerbaijan province, to visit the graves of...

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March 7, 2023

Protests break out in Iran’s Kurdish cities as schoolgirl poisonings continue

Protest rallies were held today in front of the Ministry of Education in Kermanshah, Sanandaj and Saqqez in north-western Iran after the Iranian Teacher's Union called for protests against organised chemical gas attacks on girls' schools and the poisoning of students across the country. Iranian Police Special Units fired tear gas and shotgun pellets towards a gathering of teachers and families in Sanandaj, injuring at...

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October 3, 2020

Five Cyberspace Activists Summoned

"On October 1, 2020, five Cyberspace activists in Saqqez were summoned to court by the complaint of the former mayor of the city", an informed source told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network(KHRN). Fardin Mostafaei- director of "Saqqez Rudaw" channel, Keyvan Jalali- director, Zahed Sharifpour- editor of "Wakawi" channel, Hiwa Majidi- director of "Sakapress" channel and Mostafa Hamdi- director of "Persman" group in Saqqez, were summoned...

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August 8, 2020

Five Kurdish Activists Detained by Security Forces

Yesterday, security forces simultaneously arrested five Kurdish civil rights activists from Saqqez, Armia Ranjbari, Ali Ghaderi, Hemen Karimi, Hiwa and Voria Amini, and transferred them to an unknown location, informed sources told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN). A reliable source in Saqqez gas reported that security forces had searched the family home and confiscated their personal belongings. There is still no news about the whereabouts...

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February 17, 2020

Three Kurdish Civilians Arrested by Security Forces in Saqqez

Security forces in Saqqez detained three family members of a Kurdish citizen Raouf Sheikhi, who lost his life six years ago in Sanandaj, while banning his memorial ceremony. Raouf Sheikhi lost his life when the vehicle in which he and two other people were travelling was shot by security forces. Security forces raided the home of Raouf Sheikhi on Friday, February 14, insulted his family...

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November 19, 2019

29 Killed, Over 200 Injured, Hundreds Arrested in Kurdish Cities in Iran

At least 29 civilians have been killed, over 200 got wounded and hundreds have been arrested in the Kurdish cities in Iran following a new wave of protests in Iran against skyrocketing of petrol prices in the country, several sources confirmed to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN). Following the sudden increase in petrol price, widespread protests across Iran, including Kurdish cities such as Ilam, Dehloran, Islamabad...

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October 15, 2019

Kurdish Labour Activists Summoned for Protest Against Turkish Army Incursion Into North, East Syria

Three Labour activists from Saqqez were summoned by the Intelligence Unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) on October 13 for participation in a rally against the Turkish Army's incursion into the north and east of Syria, known as Rojava.  The three labour activists Seyed Ali Hosseini, Mahmoud Salehi, and Osman Ismaili were summoned by the Intelligence Unit of IRGC, and the security...

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September 7, 2019

Two Labour Activists Arrested in Saqqez

Two labour activists, “Seyed Ali Hosseini” and “Kamran Sakhtemangar”, were arrested by security forces in Saqqez and transferred to the Sanandaj Intelligence Bureau on Sept 4, 2019. Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has obtained information that security forces detained Sayed Ali Hosseini in his private garden near the village of Saqqez, along with another labour activist known as Kamran Sakhtemangar, on September 4. The two activists...

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