Arrests of Azerbaijani-Turk Activists in Jolfa Raise Concerns

On January 12, 2024, a group of Azerbaijani-Turk activists en route to Jolfa to visit the family of imprisoned Yourush Mehrali Baygloo were arrested. The detainees include Karim Esmaeilzadeh, Ebrahim Asemani, Seyed Mohammad-Reza Movahed, Younes Zareioun, Siamak Kooshi, Habib Negahban, Mohsen Ganji, Mokhtar Ebrahimi, and Hamed Yeganeh Pour, as reported by a source close to one of the detainee’s families.

The motive behind these arrests and the current location of the detainees remain unknown.

Notably, Esmaeilzadeh, Asemani, Zareioun, Kooshi, Negahban, Ebrahimi, and Yeganeh Pour have previously experienced arrests and legal challenges due to their activism.

On November 7, 2023, Azerbaijani-Turk activist Yourush Mehrali Baygloo was apprehended by security forces in Jolfa County and subsequently transferred to the Ministry of Intelligence’s detention facility in Tabriz. The situation is developing, and concerns over the well-being of the activists persist.

Sentences Reduced for Two Azerbaijani (Turk) Activists to One Year Imprisonment and Fine

Mokhtar Ebrahimi and Mir-Mousavi Zia Gargari, two Azerbaijani (Turk) activists, have had their sentences reduced on appeal to one year in prison and a fine, respectively. Initially, they had received a combined sentence of 11 years.

As per the East Azerbaijan Court of Appeals’ verdict, Ebrahimi was sentenced to one year for “propaganda against the regime,” while Zia Gargari was fined six million Toman.

In 2021, Ebrahimi had been sentenced to ten years for “forming groups against the regime” and “membership in anti-regime groups” by the Maragheh Court. Zia Gargari had also received a one-year sentence for “propaganda against the regime.”

Ebrahimi was arrested by security forces on August 26, 2020, and subsequently incarcerated in Maragheh Prison after 21 days. He was later released on bail.

On September 16, 2020, Zia Gargari was arrested at his residence in Naqadeh by security forces and detained in the Ministry of Intelligence’s detention facility. He was released on bail from Maragheh Prison on October 7, 2020.

43 Political Prisoners Refuse Food Rations to Protest the Lack of Medical Care in Urmia Prison

Earlier this Wednesday, September 22, 43 prisoners in the political ward of Urmia Prison refused to receive their food rations in solidarity with a number of the prison’s inmates.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, the prisoners carried out the refusal in protest of the lack of medical care for sick prisoners.

Shaker Behrooz, Nayeb Askari, Nayeb Hajizadeh, Ahmad Tamavi, Mohammad Houshangi, Hatam Ozdemir, Dara Rashidi, Anvar Chaleshi, Kamel Ceylan Maskan, Sirvan Amini, Mokhtar Ebrahimi, and Taher Hosseinzadeh, 12 political prisoners imprisoned in this ward suffer from various diseases. According to the diagnosis of the prison doctor, these prisoners should be sent to a well-equipped hospital outside the prison, but so far they have been barred from being sent.

Nayeb Askari, Ahmad Tamavi, Hatam Ozdemir, Sirvan Amini, and Mokhtar Ebrahimi, have kidney problems. Nayeb Hajizadeh and Dara Rashidi must undergo surgery to remove platinum prosthesis from their legs, and Anvar Chaleshi has TB.

A Report about Sunni Prisoners in West Azerbaijan Province

HRANA News Agency – At least eleven Sunni civilians were arrested by the Intelligence Ministry about three months ago in Bokan and Mahabad. A number of them were recently released from prison. Some of them are still held in detention of Orumiyeh Intelligence Office and some of them have been transferred to Orumiyeh Central Prison.
According to the report of the Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), at least eleven Sunnis were arrested by the Intelligence Ministry about three months ago in Bokan and Mahabad: Continue reading “A Report about Sunni Prisoners in West Azerbaijan Province”

8 Sunni Civilians Arrested in Mahabad

HRANA News Agency – At least eight Sunni residents of Mahabad and Bukan were arrested by the security forces and were transferred to unknown locations. The common denominator of these detainees is their religious background and activities.
According to the report of the Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Ali and Farooq Mavt, two brothers, Sunni activists were arrested in their home in Bukan on May 30, while being beaten by the security officers and were transferred to an unknown location. Continue reading “8 Sunni Civilians Arrested in Mahabad”

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