Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, along with 34 other organizations, including the Kurdistan Human Rights Network, in a statement issued by the Kurdistan Human Rights Association in Geneva, called on the international community to take urgent action to protest the detention of some 100 citizens and activists. Kurds, and call on the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran to release all detainees.
In a joint letter, initiated by the Kurdistan Human Rights-Geneva (KMMK-G) and supported by 36 civil society and human rights organizations including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and Impact Iran, calling for the urgent attention of the international community to an ongoing wave of arbitrary arrests, incommunicado detention, and enforced disappearances by the Iranian authorities, targeting scores of people from Iran’s disadvantaged Kurdish minority.
According to information gathered from informed sources, between 6 January and 1st February, 2021, at least 96 individuals (88 men and 8 women) from Iran’s Kurdish minority, including civil society activists, labour rights activists, environmentalists, writers, university students and formerly imprisoned political activists as well as individuals with no known history of activism, have been arrested.