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2 teenagers detained for raising Kurdistan flag in Urmia: watchdog

  2021-04-30  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Ethnic Kurdish teenagers Armin Ahmadi and Nima Hosseinpour from Islambad neighborhood were arrested in Urmia, West Azerbaijan, Iran, April 28,2021. Photo by Hengaw Organization for Human Rights – Graphic by Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Iranian security forces arrested two Kurdish teenage boys in Urmia’s Targawar region in West Azerbaijan and taken them to an unknown location on charges of raising the Kurdistan flag, said Hengaw Orgainziation for Human Rights said on Thursday (April 30). 

Armin Ahmadi from Gonbad village and Nima Hosseinpour from Islambad neighborhood in Urmia, both sixteen years old, were incarcerated by the Iranian intelligence forces on Wednesday, Hengaw, which reports on human rights abuses in the Iranian Kurdistan, reported.

The pair was arrested by the security forces “without complying with any legal requirements for handling charges against persons under the age of 18,” the watchdog said.

At least 85 ethnic Kurds were arrested in West Azerbaijan and Kurdistan provinces in January in a large-scale clampdown by the Iranian authorities on dissidents, environmental, political and cultural activists, said the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), another watchdog, on January 30. 

On March 4, Hengaw reported that at least twenty-three Kurdish ethnic citizens were apprehended in March by the security forces in the Iranian Kurdistan on charges of political, civil activities and participation in Newroz celebrations,

At least 205 political and civil activists, journalists, environmentalists were arrested in 2020, according to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association (KMMK), another watchdog.

International watchdogs such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have voiced alarm regarding the state of press freedom and the freedom of expression in Iran.

(Zhyan English)