Yarsan Archives - KHRN

October 13, 2023

Iran court sentences Yarsani Kurdish civilian to death

Branch Two of the Kermanshah Criminal Court One has sentenced Yarsani Kurdish civilian Reza (Gholamreza) Rasaei to death, payment of blood money, one year of imprisonment and 74 lashes. Rasaei was convicted of "participating in premeditated murder" of Nader Beyrami, the head of the Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Sahneh, Kermanshah Province, as well as "participating in the intentional infliction...

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July 5, 2021

Kurdish Yarsani activists go on hunger strike in solidarity with jailed activist

The Yarsan Civil Rights Activists’ Advisory Council said in a statement that a group of its members, along with several other Yarsani activists, have gone on hunger strike yesterday for 48 hours in support of and in solidarity with Kheyrollah Haghjouyan, a detained member of the council. Haghjouyan had gone on hunger strike since his arrest on 28 June, protesting against his detention. He continues...

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December 29, 2019

Kurdish Yarsan Society Activist Taken to Dizelabad Prison

A Kurdish Yarsan civil society rights activist was transferred to Dizelabad Prison from the Intelligence unit of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC), a source told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).  Khalil Asadi Bojani was arrested on 20 November at his family home in Jafarabad, Kermanshah. "During a phone call with his family on 27 December, Bojani informed them about the end of his interrogation and transfer to prison, however,...

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November 9, 2019

Kurdish Yarsan Student Denied Education

A Kurdish Yarsan student was barred from completing his dissertation by Razi University of Kermanshah for mentioning his religion as Yarsan (also known as Ahle Haqq) at a questionnaire as part of his dissertation requirements for a survey, a source told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network. 61-year-old student Siavash Hayati is spokesperson for the  Advisory Forum of Yarsan Civil Activists. He started his postgraduate degree in Political Sciences at Razi University of Kermanshah...

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November 20, 2018

Continued Summons and Pressure on Yarsan Activists in Kermanshah

On the eve of the 17th commemoration of the Yarsan great master known as Seyed Khalil Alinezhad, Kermanshah Intelligence Office has summoned members of the Yarsan civil society activists' council over the phone and pressured them not to attend this ceremony. Despite these threats, a number of activists attended this ceremony, which was held Sunday, Nov 18, 2018. A Yarsan activist from Kermanshah has told Kurdistan...

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July 16, 2018

A Yarsan Cultural Activist Realised on Bail

Sam Abbasi Goorejooyi (an artist and Yarsan activist), who was arrested on Thursday, July 12 by security forces, has been released on bail. Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has been informed that this artist was released on bail on July 14, after being interrogated at the Kermanshah Intelligence Detention Centre. No information is available on the charges or allegations against this activist. Following the earthquake...

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July 15, 2018

A Yarsani Cultural Activist Arrested in Kermanshah

Sam Abbasi Goorejooyi (an artist and Yarsani activist) has been arrested by security forces and transferred to an unknown location. Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has been informed that the activist was arrested by security forces on Thursday, July 12, in Kermanshah and he was transferred to an unknown location. Following the earthquake in Kermanshah, Sam Abbasi Goorejooyi helped the earthquake victims in camps at Sarpol-e...

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March 7, 2018

Concern Over Fate of a Yarsani Detainee in Karaj

Although two months has passed since the arrest of one of the Yarsani activists (resident of Mehr Shahr in Karaj) whose family have repeatedly inquired about his whereabouts, there is no information available on his fate. “On December 29, Seyyed Peyman Pedrood (a Yarsani Activist and resident of Karaj) disappeared after leaving home. After his family's follow-up, an unofficial source reported of his arrest by...

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February 13, 2018

Hundreds of Adherents of Yarsanism Condemned the Turkey Attack on Kurds in Afarin

Following the massive condemnation of the Turkish Army's attack on the Canton of Afrin by various cultural and civilian figures and institutions in Iran, Hundreds of Adherents of Yarsanism in Iran published an open letter in which they addressed The United Nations and the countries committed to the human rights clause. This open letter called for action against the crimes committed by Turkey and...

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