High school students arbitrarily arrested
Rights activists detained without standing trial
Agents of the Ministry of Intelligence opened fire on a moving vehicle in Saravan, killing a little Baluch girl and wounding another, on Sunday, October 23, 2022.
The two little Baluch girls were traveling in a Peugeot 405 and on their way to school when security forces opened fire on the car, hitting the 8-year-old Mona Naghib in the head. (Haalvash.org – October 23, 2022)
High school girls arbitrarily arrested
On October 20, 2022, agents of the Department of Intelligence of Iranshahr arrested an 11th-grader in Bentol Hoda Sadr High School. The 15-year-old Baluch girl had expressed support for the ongoing Iran protests on social media. The school’s principal had notified the intelligence services, who arrested the girl at school. No information is available on the girls’ whereabouts. (Haalvash.org – October 23, 2022)
Iranshahr and Saravan are two cities in the Sistan and Baluchestan Province in south-eastern Iran.
On October 11, 2022, the State Security forces arrested Mandana Nemati, 15, an 11th grader at the Forghani High School of Karaj. Mandana had written an anti-regime slogan on the whiteboard in the classroom.
Mandana’s mother was at the school when the SSF agents arrived. So, they arrested both the mother and her daughter. There is no information available on the whereabouts of this mother and daughter.
In another development, six high school girls were released on bail on October 23 after several days of detention.
The six girls were Kimia Ali-Moradi, Sondus Yaghubi, Hiro Nouri, Elina Ranjbar, Raha Sabouri, and Sara Karami. The 17-year-old girls were arrested in security forces raid on their school.
The Department of Intelligence of Kermanshah had arrested the six girls in a raid on Effat High School in Javarud. On October 23, agents of the Department of Intelligence went to the high school, posing as a TV crew. They threatened the students and forced them to deny the arrests at their high school on camera.
Rights activists detained in western Iran
Intelligence agents in Sanandaj abducted a women’s rights activist, Shilan Kurdistani, on Sunday, October 23, 2022, as she was walking in the street. There is no information available on her whereabouts.
Sanandaj is the capital of Kurdistan Province in western Iran.
In the West Azerbaijan Province, there is no news available on the fate of Massoumeh Hojabri, 31, who was forcibly disappeared on October 7, 2022. Security services violently arrested her at home.
Her family and husband have repeatedly inquired about her from the Intelligence Department. Still, they have not received any answers on her fate.
Massoumeh Hojabri had participated in a protest rally in one of the squares of Piranshahr condemning Mahsa Amini’s murder.
Another Kurdish woman, Kajal Vatanpour, has been detained for a month. Despite setting bail for her, the law enforcement agents do not allow her to leave.
Kajal Vatanpour, from Gilan-e Gharb in Kermanshah, is studying for a master’s degree in law at the University of Ilam. Security forces arrested her on September 22 during a protest and took her to the women’s ward of the Central Prison of Ilam. She is accused of propaganda against the state, colluding, and assembly against national security.