Arrestees of Mahabad uprising transferred to Orumiyeh Prison

Arrestees of Mahabad uprising transferred to Orumiyeh Prison

Published by on May 31, 2015

mahabad-2015.05.11-300After three weeks of torture and harassment, the Iranian regime has transferred a large number of those arrested in the Mahabad uprising to Orumiyeh Prison in preparation for putting them on trial.

Some of the prisoners are just 15 years old and some have family bonds with each other such as father and son.

Two weeks ago, the intelligence ministry dispatched a group of its head henchmen from Tehran to prisons in Kurdistan and Western Azerbaijan to torture and interrogate those arrested in the Mahabad uprising.

The uprising of the courageous people of Mahabad was in protest to the loss of life of Farinaz Khosravani, a 26-year-old woman. This young woman was compelled to jump off the fourth floor of the hotel that she worked in, in reaction to the aggression of an intelligence agent of the regime on May 4.

International human rights agencies, the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the pertinent UN Rapporteurs mus decisively condemn these arbitrary arrests and to adopt immediate measures to secure the release of those arrested.

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