Tehran, Iran, Aug. 25 – A
Kurdish activist in the city of Sanandaj, northwest Iran, was arrested
by State Security Forces, Persian-language websites reported on Thursday.
Hiva Youssefi was
nabbed on Tuesday and his family said that no reason was given for his
Youssefi was active in anti-government protests
by Iran’s Kurdish
population. On July 30, he addressed a protest demonstration outside the
governorate building in Sanandaj.
Youssefi’s family said that officials refused to
reveal his whereabouts during repeated visits to local police stations and
the local offices of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security, Iran’s secret
Separately, the head of a Kurdish weekly that was banned by the authorities
on August 4 said that he received a notice to appear in court next Tuesday.
Borhan Zarehtan Lahouni is facing charges of “acting against national