Iranian security forces have arrested dozens of Kurdish civilians and activists during and after the annual Newroz celebrations in Kurdistan in the past few weeks.

A number of political, civil and cultural activists in Kurdistan issued statements calling for the release of Nowruz detainees in Sanandaj.
The full text of this statement is as follows:
In recent days, a number of founders and organizers of the Nowruz celebration in Sanandaj have been summoned or arrested. Among the detainees are elderly people. Regardless of the fact that governments are required to eliminate discrimination and allocate facilities to all, and ensuring the cultural rights of all citizens, it is the obvious duty of the government that due to non-compliance, people have preserved their rituals, language and customs and tried to celebrate Nowruz. In violation of the law and the principles and fundamental human rights, in the first days of the year, the happiness of the detained families turned into sorrow and worry, and created a wave of concern in Sanandaj and other cities.
We, a group of political, civil and cultural activists in Kurdistan, call on the responsible institutions in this case, while appeasing all of them and changing their approach to human cultural rights, and removing the formal and informal restrictions created, to provide the grounds for the release of detainees as soon as possible. And make their families happy in these early days of the year.
Ismail Muftizadeh,
Ardeshir Gholamipour,
Arman Mohammadi,
Ajlal Ghavami,
Omid Mostafapour,
Ismail Seyed Mahmoudian,
Allah Reza Abbasi,
Now Habibi,
Free thanks to Puri,
Ehsan Nikpi,
Amir Sajjadi,
Akbar Mafakheri,
Ahmad Gholami
Afshin Gholami,
Idris Karsaz,
Iraj Javanmardi,
Baqir Piri,
Behrooz Zarei,
Dalir Eskandari,
Raouf Karimi,
Rashad Ahmadi,
Raouf Shafei,
Roozbeh Akradi,
Hamed Farazi,
Habibullah Ranjbar,
Hamid Reza Samadi,
Hamzeh Maroofpour,
Khalid Soleimani Azar,
Jalal Jalalizadeh,
Orion open-handed,
Jalal Khodamradi,
Javanmir Abdullahi,
Siavash Hayati,
Sed Mahmood Mahmoodi
Saeed Zaki,
Seyed Amir Sajjadi,
Simin Salahi Sanandaji,
Saro Karimi,
Shida Sobhani,
Shirko Bahmani,
Shahram Safari,
Sediq restami
Sadegh Ghahremani,
Osman Mozin,
Ali Valaei,
Farhad Hadi,
Farid Rajin,
Fouad Mutawassal,
Kaveh Saedpanah,
Kazo Imanzadeh,
Kambiz Ebrahimzadeh,
Golaleh Tavakoli
Mohsen Razavi,
Mohsen Kaviani,
Mukhtar Asadi,
Mustafa Ahmadian,
The victim’s friend
Muslim Saeedpour,
Maziar Tataei,
Nader Zanganeh,
Narin Asadi,
Nushin Mohamadi
Wahab squirrel,
Hoshyar Babaei,
Hemin Kathemi
Hiva Amjadi,
Hashem Nemati