Wave of Arrests in Kurdish Cities – at Least 26 Detained or Summoned this Week

Wave of Arrests in Kurdish Cities – at Least 26 Detained or Summoned this Week

Published by on January 16, 2021
Kurdish Activists

International Liberty Association: There was a wave of arrests of Kurdish citizens and activists over the past week in Kurdish cities or cities with Kurdish residents.
At least 26 Kurdish citizens were arrested and detained by intelligence agents over the past days in the cities of Mahabad, Marivan, Rabat, Bukan, Sarvabad, and Sanandaj. They were transferred to intelligence institutions.

These citizens were arrested without warrant. Some of them were brutalized, their homes ransacked and their personal belongings confiscated.


Jabbar Pirouzi, Salman Adavi, Zanyar Motamed, and Sirvan Karim were summoned to the Department of Intelligence in Marivan and detained. Zanyar Motamed was violently brutalized at the time of arrest.
Karou Alidad, Dana Samadizadeh and Karvan Minoui were also arrested in Marivan. They were interrogated and released after several hours upon signing written pledges.


The wave of arrests also included the apprehension of Shapour Kazarpour, Iman Abdi, Suran Hosseinzadeh, Ms. Darya Talebani, Salar Rahavi, Afshin Mam Ahmadi and Sirvan Nouri by the intelligence services in Mahabad.


Intelligence services arrested Bahman Yousefzadeh, and Farhad and Fereydoun Mousapour, three residents of the Rabat City near Sardasht on Saturday, 9 January 2021.

Bahman Yousefzadeh, is a student of Payam Nour University of Mahabad. His home was ransacked and his personal belongings confiscated.


Ms. Azimeh Nasseri was arrested on Saturday, 9 January 2021, by intelligence agents in the city of Bukan and her home ransacked.


Intelligence agents arrested another two Kurdish citizens, Akram Advaii and Siamak Advaii, in Sarvabad county. There is no information available on the reason for their arrests, their fate and their charges.

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