On Wednesday, October 20, workers’ rights activist Othman Esmaeili was detained by security forces.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Esmaeili was transferred to an unidentified location following the arrest.
As an informed source told HRANA, ten security agents arrested the activist at 6 pm in front of his home in Saqqez City. According to the source, the security forces had been monitoring the house all day.
As of this writing, the reason for the arrest and charges against him are unknown.
After eight days, teacher and union activist Aziz Ghasemzadeh is still incommunicado in a detention facility of the intelligence office in Rudsar County in Gilan Province.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Ghasemzadeh has so far been denied access to a lawyer, phone calls and in-person visits.
On September 26 this year, security forces arrested the educator at his parents’ home in Rudsar. During the arrest, security forces inspected the house and confiscated several of Ghasemzadeh’s personal belongings.
The arrest took place the day after working and retired teachers held protests in 36 cities across the country, which were organized by the Coordination Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Associations.
According to HRANA, Ghasemzadeh is still being denied access to his lawyer and his temporary detention period has been extended. As of this writing, the charges against him are unknown.