On Wednesday, March 30, in Oshnavieh, seven citizens were summoned via phone and interrogated by the Ministry of intelligence.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, on Wednesday, March 30, seven citizens identified as Reza Elsmadoost, Omid Eslamdoost, Saman Rasulzadeh, Sanaan Rasulzadeh, Diako Mohammad-gevari, Hadi Hasanzadeh, Ashkan Sakkak were summoned and interrogated by the Ministry of Intelligence in Oshnavieh. All these individuals are residents of Nalous city located in Oshnavieh County.
Reportedly, these citizens have been interrogated for participating in a gathering for the celebration of Nowruz. After a few hours of interrogation, they were released after signing a commitment letter.
On Tuesday, March 22, 2022, in Piranshahr city, security forces arrested two citizens and transferred them to an unidentified location.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, two citizens identified as Ahmad Rasooli and Sasan Padash were arrested by security forces in Piranshahr.
According to an informed source, these citizens were arrested due to participation in Nowruz celebration in the village Qalateh Rash located in Piranshahr.
The whereabouts of these arrestees are still unknown.
On Monday, March 21, 2022, in Sanandaj city, the security forces raided a gathering and arrested twelve citizens. The gathering was held to celebrate Nowruz, the spring celebration and the Iranian New Year.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on Monday, March 21, 2022, twelve citizens were arrested by security forces during a gathering for the celebration of Nowruz.
The arrestees have been identified as Sohrab Jalali, Jamal Asadi, Foad Enayati, Abed Khorshidi, Keyvan Zand-Karimi, Sahand Barzanji, Arash Shkeiba, Khaled Hosseini, Jamshid Farzi, Fardin Peymnankar, Keyhan Kakeh-Khani and Keyvan Mahmoodi.
It is still unknown where these arrestees have been detained.
Earlier, in October of 2019, Foad Enayati was arrested during a protest along with two other citizens, Faramarz Shariati and Mobin Khosravi. They were released on bail of 300 million tomans after the interrogation.
Subsequently, Branch 104 of the Criminal Court of Sanandaj, headed by Judge Omidi, sentenced Foad Enayati to 10 months imprisonment and 74 lashes. This prison sentence was changed to two years suspended prison on appeal. On July 27, 2020, the flagellation was carried out.
On March 7, 2021, Jamal Asadi had been summoned and interrogated by the Public Security and Intelligence Police of Sanandaj.
Last Saturday, March 19, 2022, security forces arrested two citizens in Mariwan and Piranshahr cities.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa News Agency, last Saturday, March 19, 2022, one citizen identified as Bahman Chashteh, age 48, was arrested by security forces in Piranshahr city of West Azerbaijan Province.
Reportedly, they arrested Mr Chashteh without presenting an arrest warrant.
On the same day, IRGC’s Intelligence Organization summoned a citizen identified as Borhan Derakhshani and arrested him upon appearance. Mr. Derakhshanie had been summoned on another occasion and interrogated three times. He is a resident of Nay village located in Mariwan County.
The reason for these arrests and the charges are still unknown. An informed source, however, in the report stated that they arrested Mr Derakhshani in an effort to prevent the gathering to celebrate Nowruz in Nay village.