Iran: More Environmentalists Activists ArrestsPublished by Tirdad on February 21, 2019
Iranian authorities continue to arrest more environmental activists amid intimidate conservationists.
The state security forces arrested several environmental activists during the past days in several cities and transferred them to unknown locations.
According to reports, the officers who arrested the activists, searched their homes and confiscated some of their personal belongings such as mobile phones and tablets.
These environmental activists have been arrested in Shahre Kord, member of the “Voice of Water” Campaign, also cities of Sanandaj and Marivan, and their family have not been informed of their fate or whereabouts.
Iranian rights groups reported the arrest of environmentalist Sirwan Ghorbani in Kamyaran on February 12.
The Iranian rights groups quoted sources as saying the officers who raided Ghorbani’s home put a sack over his head, seized some of his personal belongings and confiscated the mobile phone of his sister Samira Ghorbani, who fainted and had to be taken to a hospital. They said the agents also ordered Samira Ghorbani to report to a local information bureau in the coming days.
Iranian authorities detained at least 13 other environmental and civil activists in Kamyaran and Sanandaj in late December and in recent days extended their arrest for another month.
A Jan. 7 report by the state-run news agency IRNA quoted Kurdistan provincial deputy security Chief Hussein Khosheqbal as saying those detained had been engaged in “criminal activities” on behalf of environmental groups.
A recent Amnesty International report claimed the Iran has arrested at least 63 environmental activists and researchers, with some remaining in prison on obscure charges and without access to legal representation. (Amnesty International report)