Iran: Kurdish citizens arrested for attending Nowruz celebrationPublished by Ali on March 28, 2021
International Liberty Association: At least 10 Kurdish citizens in the cities of Marivan, Sanandaj and Saqez have been arrested for participating in Nowruz celebrations in western Iranian cities.
At least four of those arrested are from Ney village in the city of Marivan, in Iran’s Kurdistan province near the Iraq border.
The state security forces arrested four Kurdish citizens, Salman Afra, Seiwan Parto, Jamal Gerami, and Aram Nik pey, in the village of Ney on 23 and 24 March.
Security forces arrested Salman Afra and Seiwan Parto without an arrest warrant and transferred them to an unknown location.
It should be mentioned that, on the evening of Monday, 22 March, security forces raided the village of Marivan, breaking down the doors and windows of several citizens’ homes and illegally inspecting their homes.
Hengaw Kurdish human rights group reported that at least nine citizens who attended the Nowruz celebrations in the village of Qala-e Kohneh have been detained by security forces. Hengaw dd not identify the detainees.
ILA: Every year, the IRGC, intelligence and state security forces in various Kurdish cities, summon and threaten citizens to prevent them from celebrating Nowruz.