SULAIMANI (ESTA) — At least 40 teachers have been detained by Iran’s security forces in the Kurdish cities of Iran, said Hengaw organization for human rights on Friday.
The security forces have detained 40 activists’ teachers on 16 and 15 June, it said.
The arrests took place in the Kurdish cities of Sanandaj, Marivan, Saqqez, and Divandareh, it added.
Only 7 of them have been released. The others are still in custody, and their fate is unknown, and the detainees were accused of ‘protesting’, Hengaw reported.
Iranian authorities severely restricted freedoms of assembly and expression. Over the past three years, security forces have responded to widespread protests stemming from economic rights issues with excessive and unlawful force, including lethal force, and arrested thousands of protestors, according to the Human Rights Watch world report about human rights status.