Eight Kurdish Sunni citizens were detained in Muchesh, Kamyaran

Posted on: October 24th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Eight Kurdish Sunni citizens (followers of Maktab Koran) from Muchesh, were detained by security forces after they were called by police station.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on Sunday 21 October, eight Kurdish Sunni citizens were called by local police station. But at the entrance there was a car from security forces, detained and transferred them to the Intelligence Agency of Kamyaran.

The name of detainees are: Ataollah Mohamadian, Asadollah Saed Mucheshi, Abedin Saed Mucheshi, Mehdi Saed Mucheshi, Ali Saed Panah, Fardin Saed Mucheshi, Saber Ayoubi and Hamed Awseti.

It is said, one their charges is distributing Maktab Koran’s announcements about the Kurdish Sunni teachers who are forbidden of teaching.

Maktab Koran is a Kurdish Sunni religious movement founded by َAllama Ahmed Moftizadeh.

Three Iranian Sunni M.D. students were fired with no certification

Posted on: October 20th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Three Iranian Kurdish M.D. students with Sunni faith were fired from college with no certification.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Three Iranian Kurdish M.D. students with Sunni faith (followers of Kakeh Ahmad Moftizadeh)  were fired from college after they presented their final thesis. And, the college authorities in Kurdistan and Hamedan of Iran did not deliver their M.D. certificates. They were told their certificates have been seized by Intelligence Ministry.



Iranian Kurdish political prisoner, Saman Nasim, sentenced to death

Posted on: September 16th, 2012

HRANA News Agency –  Iranian Kurdish political prisoner, Saman Nasim (Na’im), from Marivan who has been arrested in 2011, was sentenced to death by Mahabad’s revolutionary court.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Saman Nasim was arrested in July 2011 near Iran’s border in Western Azerbaijan province by security forces. His charge is Moharebeh (Enmity against God) via being a member of anti-regime groups. Nasim (Na’im) was sentenced to death by the branch one of Mahabad’s revolutionary court.

An Iranian Kurdish Illegal Trader was killed by Iranian Border Police

Posted on: August 14th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Saleh Baduzadeh, An Iranian Kurdish Illegal Trader, was killed by direct shooting of Iranian border police.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Saleh Baduzadeh, 25, from Shivan village in Salmas, was killed by direct shooting of Iranian border police on 8 August.

Iranian border police shoot at illegal traders without no warning and it lefts hundreds deaths and injuries of them and their animals in the year. So it needs urgent action of international human rights communities to urge Iranian government to change their diplomacy in this case.


19 Iranian Arabs Detained In Khuzestan Province

Posted on: August 8th, 2012

HRANA News Agency –Security forces in Iran’s Khuzestan Province have arrested nineteen Iranians from the Sunni Arab minority, a human rights source reported on Tuesday.

According to the Human Rights Activists news agency, at least nineteen Iranians of Sunni Arab origin have been detained in various cities in the country’s Khuzestan Province.

The group said that it was common practice for the security forces to round up citizens with Sunni Arab backgrounds ahead of Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

In February, Ardeshir Amir-Arjomand, a top advisor to opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, condemned the violent clampdowns in the province.

“The security, territorial integrity, independence and sustainable development of the country can only be realised with the participation of all Iranian citizens irrespective of their gender, language, ethnicity, religion or political leaning, and in accordance with accepted international human rights conventions,” said Amir-Arjomand, who is also the spokesperson for the Coordination Council of the Green Path of Hope, the opposition Green Movement’s leading decision-making body.

“The use of unjustifiable violence in dealing with the legitimate demands of ethnic and religious minorities is in violation of national interests and the [Islamic] Revolution’s fundamental ideals,” he added. “The Coordination Council of the Green Path of Hope condemns the repression, arrest and the illegitimate use of violence against Khuzestani citizens who pursue their demands through peaceful means.”

Rights groups have repeatedly documented the discriminations against ethnic Arabs and the lack of socioeconomic development in the region.

Human Rights Activist Karim Rahmani’s Family Pressured & Threatened

Posted on: October 20th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Iran’s Intelligence Agency in the city of Kamyaran, Kurdistan Province, has increased pressure on the family of Karim Rahmani and threatened his father repeatedly.Karim (Rebin) Rahmani is a Kurdish human rights activist who was forced to flee Iran after he was released from prison.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), security agents in Kamyaran have summoned Karim Rahmani’s father to the Intelligence Agency several times and have interrogated and pressured him about his son’s political activities.

On November 19, 2006, Karim Rahmani was arrested in Kermanshah and charged with acting against national security because of his political and social activities.He was sentenced to 2 years in prison and locked up in solitary confinement multiple times during this time.Karim Rahmani endured physical and psychological torture while he was behind bars, and once released, he escaped Iran fearing for his life.

Before fleeing Iran, Karim Rahmani was studying Computer Science at Arak University of Science and Industry in Markazi Province.He was expelled from this university after his release from prison.

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Continued Arrests in Kurdistan; No News of Kurdish Activists

Posted on: October 15th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Last week, Iranian security forces arrested two Kurdish citizens in Mahabad, West Azerbaijan Province.Citing Norooz Website, Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) has reported that Jalal Naseri and Qasem Rahimi have been arrested and taken to the Intelligence Agency’s office in the city of Mahabad.

On Thursday, October 13, 2011, Rahim Bajor was summoned to the Intelligence Agency in the city of Marivan and was detained subsequently.Rahim Bajor is a student in Payam Nur University in Marivan.

Furthermore, another Kurdish student, Khabat Arefi, has been locked up behind bars for more than a month in the Intelligence Agency’s detention center in Marivan, and there has been no news of him thus far.Khabat Arefi is a resident of Chor Village near the city of Marivan.

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Death Penalty Upheld for Two Kurdish Political Prisoners

Posted on: October 12th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – The Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for two Kurdish political prisoners locked up in Rajai-Shahr Prison.Both prisoners, Zanyar Moradi and Lughman Moradi, have been verbally notified of the Supreme Court’s ruling.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the public defender assigned to these cases was unable to confirm the ruling although his clients have already been notified verbally by the authorities.

Zanyar Moradi and Lughman Moradi have been accused of killing the son of Friday Prayer Imam in Marivan and two members of his entourage on the orders of the British Secret Intelligence Services (MI6) and with the help of a Kurdish political party.After their confessions were aired on the state television, Judge Abolqasem Salvati presiding over the Revolutionary Court, Branch 15, sentenced them to be hanged in public.

When Zanyar Moradi and Lughman Moradi were transferred to Rajai-Shahr Prison, they wrote a letter detailing the account of physical tortures endured by them in prison and declared the confessions false and void since they were obtained under means of torture.In their letter, Zanyar Moradi and Lughman Moradi further explained that in addition to being severely tortured, they were threatened to be raped using a bottle if they didn’t confess to the crime.

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Mokhtar Asadi Suspended from Teaching in Kurdistan

Posted on: October 9th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Although the new school year began more than two weeks ago in Iran, Mokhtar Asadi is still forbidden to teach in any schools throughout Kurdistan.Mokhtar Asadi is a member of Teachers’ Union of Kurdistan and a human rights activist.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the Department of Education in Kurdistan Province has prevented any schools from accepting Mokhtar Asadi’s teaching credentials.As a result, he remains in a state of limbo and suspended indefinitely.

The Ministry of Education and the Department of Education in Alburz Province have issued several letters to ask the officials in Kurdistan to allow Mokhtar Asadi to teach in Sanandaj.Teachers throughout the city of Sanandaj have signed a petition demanding to restore Mokhtar Asadi to his teaching post in Sanandaj.The petition has been submitted to the director of Kurdistan’s Department of Education, Khosro Saki, while more signatures are being collected.

Mokhtar Asadi holds a Masters degree in Sociology from Tehran University and is a social and human rights activist.In the last few years, he was dismissed from his teaching position for several months and was exiled for years.In 2010, he was arrested and locked up in solitary confinement for months in Rajai-Shahr Prison and then Ward 209 of Evin but was eventually released on bail.

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26 Kurdish Prisoners of Conscience on Hunger Strike in Rajai-Shahr

Posted on: October 6th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Twenty six Kurdish prisoners of conscience have gone on hunger strike in Rajai-Shahr Prison located in the city of Karaj.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), twenty six members of Kurdish ethnic minority locked up in Ward 2 of Rajai-Shahr Prison have begun an open-ended hunger strike to protest against violations of their rights and discriminations imposed on them by prison officials.

It has been reported that a few days ago, Ward 2’s warden, Mr. Soltani, encouraged several regular prisoners to instigate a brawl with one of the Kurdish prisoners of conscience, Hesam Mohammadi.After the fight broke out, Hesam Mohammadi was first transferred to the quarantine ward and then to another cell block in Rajai-Shahr Prison.However, no disciplinary action was taken against regular prisoners who initiated the fight.

Since there have been other instances of such discriminations against Kurdish prisoners of conscience in the past, Hesam Mohammadi’s cellmates decided to react this time and protested against repeated acts of bigotry towards Kurds.However, prison officials refused to address inmates’ concerns and remained indifferent and silent.

Amongst Kurdish prisoners locked up in Ward 2 of Rajai-Shahr Prison, there are Sunni prisoners of conscience such as Mamousta Mohammad Baraie, Abdullah Khosrozadeh, Hossein Heydari, Sobhan Ahmadzadeh, Heyman Mahmoud Takhti and a number of other Kurdish Sunni activists.These prisoners have been denied the right to be kept in the cell block allocated to inmates arrested for political reasons.Additionally, they have not been permitted to use furlough, have regular prison visits with their families or meet with Iranian judicial authorities such as a representative from the prosecutor’s office in Tehran