Six Individuals Arrested and Accused of Association with Anti-Revolutionary Groups

The Ministry of Intelligence of Iran announced the arrest of six individuals for alleged “association with anti-revolutionary groups” in Yasuj City of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province. According to this statement, the individuals arrested have participated in teachers’ protests.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, in Yasuj, six individuals have been arrested for association with anti-revolutionary groups.

Without disclosing their names, the Ministry of Intelligence claimed: “Led by an anti-regime group based outside of Iran, these individuals aimed at using teachers’ protests to lead chaos, unrest and insecurity.”

At Least Dozens of Teachers Arrested During Nationwide Protests

On Thursday, May 13, 2022, during the teachers’ protests in various cities across the country, several dozens of protestors were arrested. In Yasuj City, security forces arrested more than 20 protestors.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on Thursday, May 13, 2022, more than 20 teachers were arrested during the protests in Yasuj.

In the protest, some of the individuals who were arrested were identified as Yaghoub Zare, Rahim Zare, Hajir Hojjati, Khadigeh Mobaraki, Behnam Asef-Jah, Kourush Jalil, Saeed Taheri, Soraya Aghai, Sasan Zarghampour. Moreover, Masoumeh Dehghan, Masoud Farhikhteh, Jaleh Roohzad and Lotfollah Jamshid in Tehran, Masoud Nikkhakh in Mariwan, and Siamak Chehrazi in Ahvaz were arrested.

On Thursday, in response to the call of the Coordinating Council of the Iranian Teachers’ Union, both retired and working teachers in dozens of cities held protests in front of the Ministry of Education in several cities and across from Iran’s Parliament in Tehran. The protestors chanted slogans in support of the detained teachers.

According to reports obtained by HRANA, many individuals other than teachers had also joined the protests. The government has tightened security measures around the country’s main streets to prevent such protests.

Inmate Executed in Yasuj Prison

On Thursday, December 30, an inmate previously sentenced to death for rape was executed in Yasuj Prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting ISNA News Agency, the Public Prosecutor of Yasuj City announced that the execution had been carried out. The inmate was arrested and convicted last year, and the verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court of Iran. The Prosecutor did not reveal the identity of the executed prisoner.

The most recent report from the Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) states that between January 1 of 2021 and December 20 of 2021, at least 299 citizens, including four juvenile offenders, were executed. In addition, 85 citizens were sentenced to death in this period.

As the report points out, Iran’s judicial authorities do not publicly announce over 88% of executions. These unreported executions are known as “secret executions” by human rights organizations.

Rahim Arjmandi Sentenced to 23 Months in Prison by Court of Appeals

Branch 3 of the Court of Appeals in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province upheld the initial verdict against Rahim Argmandi. Argmandi had previously been sentenced to 23 months in prison by the Revolutionary Court of Yasuj City. 10 months of this sentence has been suspended for three years.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Arjmandi was sentenced to 15 months in prison on the charge of “offensive statements against now and former supreme leaders of Iran” and 8 months on the charge of “propaganda against the regime”. From this sentence, 15 months is enforceable.

On July 26, 2021, Arjmandi was summoned to the intelligence ministry office in Yasuj City and arrested at the appearance. Two days later, he was released on bail until the end of legal proceedings.