Arrests of Kurdish Activists Continues: Three More Arrests
November 17, 2011
Varia Khosravi, a civil activist
In the continuing wave of recent arrests of Kurdish political and civil activists, a local human rights activist told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that security forces stormed the homes of five Kurdish activists and arrested three of them. They were unable to arrest the other two because they were not home at the time.
On 23 October, security forces affiliated with Sanandaj Information Office raided the homes of Varia Khosravi, a civil activist and member of the Kurdistan Green Association and a resident of Hassanabad village outside Sanandaj; Akbar Gouyali, a political activist and former political prisoner and a resident of Kalaneh village outside Sanandaj; and Razgar Roshani, 23, a member of the Sanandaj Green Association from Sanandaj. Forces searched the homes of the three activists and arrested Varia Khosravi and Akbar Gouyali, but were unable to arrest Razgar Roshani who was not home at the time of the raid.
According to the source, the forces also stormed the homes of two other Kurdish activists, Kamran Rahimi, 25, a member of the Kurdistan Green Association and Kaveh Tahmasebi, 26, a former political prisoner on 25 October and 13 November. Security forces arrested Rahimi after searching his home but were unable to arrest Tahmasebi who was not home at the time.
The three Kurdish activists remain in detention and under interrogation inside the Sanandaj Information Office Detention Center.