Iran arrested 19 Kurds for participating in Newroz celebrations
Iranian Kurds celebrated new year and traditional Newroz Eve on March 21, 2018. Photo/Social Media
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – Iranian authorities have arrested 19 Kurds in the span of just a week for participating in Newroz celebrations held to mark the Kurdish New Year, a human rights group reported on Thursday (March 25).
Hengaw Organization for Human Rights said, which monitors rights violations against Kurds in Iran, reported the arrest of 19 Kurds from different cities in the Kurdish west of the country.
Four people were arrested on Wednesday and Tuesday in Ney village in west of Marivan, the rights watchdog said.
Iranian security forces arrested another person in Sanandaj and five more in Oshanvieh, it added. According to Hengaw, nine others have been taken into custody in Saqqez.
Local and foreign human rights organizations and press freedom advocacies have expressed alarm about deteriorating situation of the human rights in Iran.
Since the soaring ties between US and Iran after former US President Donald Trump exited the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that had curbed Iran’s nuclear activities in return to sanctions relief, the Iranian authorities have tightened the noose on labor activists, journalists, satirists, environmentalists, anti-death penalty campaigners, and researchers and arrest them in droves.