Tehran, Iran, Aug. 04 – A
prominent women’s rights activist in Iranian Kurdistan was arrested during
a gathering organised in protest against the
murder of a young Kurd by Iran’s State Security Forces, a
Persian-language website reported.
The website Rooz reported that Roya Toloui, the editor of Rassan, a monthly based in the Kudish
city of Sanandaj, was arrested after being
summoned by the intelligence unit of the SSF on several occasions in the
past few months on charges of “disturbing the peace” and “acting against
national security”. She had also been accused of “inciting ethnic division”.
Toloui’s monthly Rassan
had so far published three issues all of which mainly discussed the plight
of female Kurds in Iran.
Born in 1966, Toloui holds a postgraduate degree
in practical science and, with her husband, owns a medical laboratory in Sanandaj. She is a founding member of the Association
of Kurdish Women in Favour of Peace in Kurdistan. She has a daughter and a son.
On several occasions, the authorities had warned Toloui
not to carry out interviews with foreign radio stations.
Iran’s restive Kurdish population
have been the victims of systematic oppression by the Iran’s clerical leadership since the
1979 Islamic Revolution.