Mohammad-Reza Moharrami Arrested by Security Forces in Tabriz

Mohammad-Reza Moharrami was arrested by security forces on Tuesday, August 22, outside a football stadium in Tabriz. Following his arrest, he was transported to an undisclosed location.

Sources report that the apprehension of Moharrami was marked by significant use of force, prompting concerns about his well-being. The reason for his arrest, as per these sources, was his choice of attire—a t-shirt featuring a design depicting Urmia Lake. The lack of information surrounding his current situation, coupled with reports of physical mistreatment during the arrest, has amplified the worry felt by his family.

Urmia Lake’s ongoing struggle with desiccation has ignited a series of peaceful protests, with advocates demanding proactive measures to preserve this vital body of water.
Presently, the specifics of Moharrami’s location and the charges leveled against him are unknown.

Several Individuals Arrested in Maku County

In Maku, West Azerbaijan Province, the Ministry of Intelligence summoned and arrested several individuals following a protest against government negligence to revive the Urmia Lake, which has been completely dried up.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, in recent days, several individuals were arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence due to their environmental activism for Urmia Lake.

HRANA has identified one of these individuals as Aydin Jafari, age 19, whose condition and whereabouts are unknown so far.

On September 11, 2022, several Maku residents and environmentalists staged a protest to demand actions to rescue Urmia Lake.

The charges against these individuals are still unknown.

HRANA’s Daily Review of Protests in Iran

On September 10-11, 2022, at least eleven protests and two labour strikes took place in Iran.

Saturday, September 11

The families of prisoners who are on death row continued their protests before the Justice Building in Tehran. They asked judicial authorities to stop executions. According to HRANA’s latest statistics, there are 46 death-row convicts in Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj.


In Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, a group of women’s rights activists gathered in front of the Justice Building to ask for safety for women following Shalir Rasouli’s death at a hospital last Thursday. Rasouli threw herself out of the window of her apartment to escape an assailant.

Along with their families, Achondroplasia (a genetic disorder) patients held a protest before the Food and Drug Administration in Tehran. They demanded supplying and importing their needed drugs such as Voxzogo.

In Alborz province, a group of citizens protested against demolishing a ski resort which is a tourist attraction.

A group of Urmia residents demonstrated to demand rescuing Urmia Lake from drying up completely.


Sunday, September 11

The families of prisoners presently on death row continued their protests before the Headquarters of the Judiciary in Tehran. They demanded stopping the executions.

The pensioners of the Fulad Pension Fund demonstrated in front of the building of this fund in Isfahan, Tehran and Ahvaz. They demanded addressing pensions disparities and a 38% increase in pensions.

The workers of the Rudbar’s Municipality protested to demand unpaid wages for the last two months and accumulated unpaid wages equivalent to four-month wages during the last year. Moreover, there are some unpaid benefits like severance and overtime pay accumulated during the past nine years.

In Tehran, a group of teachers and families with exceptional children protested against new restrictions on school transport service in front of the Special Education Organization.

In Asaluyeh, The workers of the petrochemical company Dena went on strikes to protest against the two months of non-payment.

The temporary workers of the Islamabad Petrochemical Company staged a labour strike to demand the last two months’ wages.