Azerbaijani Turk Activist Akbar Abolzadeh Arrested in Ahar

On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, Azerbaijani Turk Activist Akbar Abolzadeh was arrested by security forces in Ahar City and transferred to an unidentified location.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, Security forces arrested Azerbaijani Turk Activist Akbar Abolzadeh in Ahar City, East Azerbaijan Province.

The reason for this arrest, his whereabouts and the charges are unknown so far.

 

Teacher Union Activist Jabbar Doosti Arrested in Mariwan

On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, security forces arrested teacher union activist Jabbar Doosti at his house in Mariwan and transferred him to an unidentified location. During the arrest, the agents searched his house and confiscated some of his personal belongings, including his laptop and cell phone.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, teacher union activist Jabbar Doosti was arrested by security forces at his house in Mariwan.

The reason for his arrest and the charges are unknown so far.

In recent months, teachers have organized nationwide rallies all across the country. In return, security and judicial authorities have repeatedly harassed, arrested and convicted teacher union activists.

Ronak Rezai Arrested and Taken to Sepidar Prison in Ahvaz

Security forces arrested Ronak Rezai, a resident of Abadan and transferred her to Sepidar Prison in Ahvaz. Her arrest is related to the recent protests following Abadan’s Metropol building collapse.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Ronak Rezai was arrested in Abadan and jailed in Sepidar Prison in Ahvaz.

The reason for the arrest and the charges are unknown so far.

In recent days,  a number of citizens were arrested during the protests. HRANA has earlier reported the arrest of the journalist and poet Arash Ghaleh-Golab in Abadan and Mohammad Soveylat, age 22, in Shadegan, in Khuzestan Province.

On Monday afternoon, May 23, 2022, a 10-story building which was known as Metropol collapsed in the city of Abadan in Khuzestan Province. Over 30 individuals were killed, injured or trapped in the rubble. Following the collapse, hundreds of citizens in Abadan and several other cities demonstrated against the government and its failure to impose safety standards on the construction which led to the disaster.

Teacher Union Activists Shaaban Mohammadi and Masoud Nikkhah Transferred from Sanandaj to Evin Prison in Tehran

On Saturday, June 4, 2022, two detained teacher union activists, Shaaban Mohammadi and Masoud Nikkhah were transferred from a detention center in Sanandaj to Evin Prison in Tehran. These inmates had been arrested on May 1, 2022, with another teacher Eskandar Lotfi. Shaaban Mohammadi was released on that day but arrested again later on May 11, 2022.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on Saturday evening, June 4, 2022, in a phone call, two detained teacher union activists, Shaaban Mohammadi and Masoud Nikkhah informed their families about their relocation from Sanandaj to Evin Prison in Tehran.

According to an informed source, during the call, security agents interrupted and cut the phone connection so that the Ward in which they are held is not revealed, as it may reveal the institution responsible. 

On Sunday, May 1, 2022, security forces arrested Masoud Nikkhah and Eskandar Lotfi in Sanandaj. They went on hunger strike right after the arrest. On May 11, 2022, Masoud Nikkhah was released on bond but one day after he was arrested again.

Three weeks ago, in a report, a state-controlled TV channel tried to connect the recent detention of two French citizens, Cécile Kohler and her husband, to nationwide teachers’ protests and these teachers’ activists. In response, in a statement, the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association condemned these attempts to make such connections and allegations. 

On Sunday, May 1, in response to a call by the Coordination Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, the retired and active teachers in 45 cities assembled in front of the building of the Ministry of Education. In Mariwan and Bushehr, these protests were attacked and several protestors were arrested. 

 

Hojjat Esmatzadeh Sentenced to Imprisonment and Flogging

Branch 101 of the Criminal Court of Naqadeh County sentenced Azerbaijani Turk activist, Hojjat Esmatzadeh to flogging and two and a half years in prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Azerbaijani Turk activist, Hojjat Esmatzadeh, a resident of Naqadeh, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison and 50 lashes.

According to the verdict issued by Branch 101 of the Criminal Court of Naqadeh, Esmatzadeh has been sentenced to one year imprisonment and 50 lashes on the charge of “disturbing public order” and 18 months in prison for “publishing photos on the Internet.”

On November 24, 2021, Esmatzadeh was summoned to appear at the press office of the Ministry of Intelligence where he was arrested and sent to Naqadeh Prison.

Esmatzadeh has faced other arrests and summons due to his civil activities on prior occasions.

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Teacher Union Activist Majid Karimi Arrested in Sanandaj

On Tuesday, May 31, 2022, security forces arrested teacher union activist Majid Karimi in Sanandaj City and transferred him to an unidentified location.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, teacher union activist Majid Karimi was arrested. Reportedly, he and several others had gathered before the IRGC Intelligence Office to inquire about detained teacher union activist Masoud Farhikhteh, when several IRGC agents came out and took him to an unidentified location.

The reason for his arrest and his whereabouts are unknown so far.

Mehdi Taiebi Arrested and Jailed in Behbahan Prison

On Tuesday, May 31, 2022, Mehdi Taiebi was arrested after an appearance at the Ministry of Justice of Behbahan City and imprisoned.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, after criticizing the Iranian regime on social media, Taiebi was summoned to the Ministry of Justice of Behbahan, where he was arrested, and ordered the bail amount of 1.5 billion tomans, and was sent to Behbahan prison.

Mehdi Taiebi, 22 years old, is a resident of the village Kurdistan Bozorg in the Behbahan County of Khuzestan Province.

Siavash Emami Arrested in Nur City

On Tuesday, May 31, 2022, security forces arrested Siavash Emami at his workplace in Nur City of Mazandaran Province and transferred him to an unidentified location.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, Siavash Emami was arrested by security forces at his workplace in Nur.

The reason for Emami’s arrest, charges and his whereabouts are unknown so far.

Earlier on June 15, 2021, Emami was arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence and released from jail on June 30, 2021, after interrogation.

On July 24, 2021, Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Amol sentenced Emami to three months in prison.

Journalist and Poet Arash Ghaleh-Golab Arrested in Abadan

Last Thursday, May 26, journalist and poet Arash Ghaleh-Golab was arrested by security forces in front of the Metropol building which was recently collapsed in Abadan City.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on Thursday, May 26, 2022, during a mourning ceremony for the victims of Abadan building collapse, security forces arrested journalist and poet Arash Ghaleh-Golab.

According to an informed source, Mr Ghaleh-Golab suffered from asthma and diabetes which make his family concerned about his health condition in detention, especially due to the violence which was used during his arrest.

The reason for the arrest, charges and his whereabouts are unknown so far.

On Monday afternoon, May 23, 2022, a 10-story building which was known as Metropol collapsed in the city of Abadan in Khuzestan Province. Over 30 individuals were killed, injured or trapped in the rubble. Following the collapse, hundreds of citizens in Abadan and several other cities demonstrated against the government and its failure to impose safety standards on the construction which led to the disaster.

Anisha Asadaollahi and Keyvan Mohtadi in Detention for 22 Days

Workers’ rights activist Anisha Asadaollahi is still in detention 22 days after she was arrested. Another workers’ rights activist Keyvan Mohtadi is also detained in Ward 209 of Evin Prison. On Monday, May 9, 2022, security forces arrested both at their house.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Anisha Asadaollahi and Keyvan Mohtadi have been held in detention for the past 22 days while the charges against them are still unknown.

Last Saturday, Anisha’s Brother, Ali Asadaollahi wrote on social media that after three weeks, Anisha was allowed to call her mother and told her that the reasons for the arrest and the charges are still not clear. 

On Monday, May 9, 2022, Anisha Asadollahi and Keyvan Mohtadi were arrested by security forces in their house. Their lawyer, Amir Raisian has been denied so far any access to their case and he was only told that they have been arrested on national security charges.

Anisha Asadollahi and Keyvan Mohtadi had been arrested and convicted before for their civil activities. On May 1, 2019, with many other workers and worker’s rights activists, Anisha Asadaollahi was arrested at a gathering for the celebration of international workers’ day. Subsequently, the Revolutionary Court of Tehran sentenced her to one year imprisonment (of which six months were suspended) and 74 lashes on the charge of “disturbing the public order”. She was jailed in Evin prison for sentencing on January 4, 2020, and was freed on January 21 of that year.

Anisha Asadollahi is an electrical engineer and a graduate of K. N. Toosi University of Technology. She works as an English teacher.