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July 12, 2023

Iran arrests 12 ahead of Jina Mahsa Amini murder anniversary

Iranian security forces have arrested at least 12 Kurdish civilians and activists in West Azerbaijan province over the past three days. The arrests come ahead of the anniversary of the murder of Jina Mahsa Amini, a Kurdish woman, by the Iranian government. The identities of those arrested are: Edris Mohammadi-Azar, Khezr Abdollahi Amirabad, Osman Hamzehzadeh, Aram Shaban, Fakhraddin Poudat, Abdolkarim Kakol, Soleiman Sharvirani, Yaghoub Fattahi, Tayyeb...

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August 17, 2022

Iran security forces detain 10 Kurdish civilians in Bukan, Mahabad

Following the new wave of arrests of Kurdish civilians and activists in Iran, at least 10 civilians were arrested by the security forces in the cities of Bukan, Mahabad, and Miandoab in West Azerbaijan province and taken to an undisclosed location in the past week. On 16 August, security forces simultaneously raided the houses of four civilians named Chia Pirzad, Shahram Bayazidi-Azar, Kambiz Bayazidi-Azar and...

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January 3, 2022

Arrest wave: Seven Kurdish civilians released in Iran’s Sanandaj

Iran has released on bail seven civilians detained during the recent wave of arrests of Kurdish civilians and activists in northwestern Kurdistan province. Civilians Farhad Pezeshki, Karim Forouzesh, Vafa Pezeshki, Ahmad Pezeshki, Loghman Pezeshki, Osman Mohammadpour, and Kamran Pezeshki were released from Sanandaj Central Prison on 2 January. They have each been released on a bail of 200 million Iranian Tomans – nearly 8,000 USD –...

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December 7, 2021

Arrest wave: Iran arrests two more civilians in Kurdistan province

Iranian security forces have detained two Kurdish civilians named Mohammad Fadavi and Rahmatollah Salehian in the village of Malqarani in Saqqez, Kurdistan province, on 5 December. The detentions are part of the recent arrest wave of Kurdish civilians and activists in the province. Reportedly, security forces raided and searched the houses of the civilians before arresting them. The arrests were made without a court order. The charges...

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December 6, 2021

Security forces detain three Kurdish civilians in scope of arrest wave in Iran

Three Kurdish civilians have been arrested in the scope of the recent mass arrests in Iranian Kurdistan. Also, two detained civilians have been imprisoned in the past few days. Security forces have arrested civilians Zanko Masoudi, Saadi Menbari, and Siyamak Menbari during house raids in the Malqarani village of Saqqez and the Niyar village of Sanandaj in Kurdistan province on 5 December. The forces searched the...

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November 20, 2021

Arrest wave continues in Iran; security forces detain Kurdish civilian

Iran detained another Kurdish civilian in Baneh, in the scope of the recent mass arrests of Kurdish civilians and activists in the northwestern Kurdistan province. Security forces arrested Zagros Rashidi on 17 November and took him to an undisclosed location. Security forces had also arrested Rashidi's father on the first day of the arrest wave on 11 November. The Ministry of Intelligence has launched a new wave...

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November 15, 2021

Kurdish activists call on Iran to end arrest wave in Kurdistan

Several political, civil and human rights activists in Kurdistan issued a statement and criticised the recent mass arrests in Kurdish cities in Iran, calling for an end to such practices by the government. Following the new wave of arrests of Kurdish civilians and activists, which was launched on 11 November, security forces have arrested at least 31 people in Baneh, Saqqez, Marivan and Sanandaj in...

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November 13, 2021

Iran detains 11 more Kurds in fresh wave of arrests

Iranian Ministry of Intelligence in Kurdistan province has detained at least 11 more people in Baneh, Saqqez, and Marivan as part of the recent arrest wave of Kurdish civilians and activists. Including these detentions, in the last few days alone, the intelligence ministry arrested at least 28 Kurdish Baneh, Saqqez, and Marivan. Security forces took the detainees to the intelligence ministry's central detention facility in Sanandaj,...

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November 12, 2021

Iran detains dozens in new arrest wave in Kurdistan province

In the past few weeks, following changes in the administration of the General Directorate of the Ministry of Intelligence in Kurdistan province, a new wave of arrests, summons, and threats against Kurdish activists and civilians has begun in various cities of the province. Sources of the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) said offices of the intelligence ministry in Baneh, Saqqez, Sanandaj, Marivan, Dehgolan, and Kamyaran...

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