At least seven Kurdish women have been arrested in the first two weeks of January in the cities of Orumiyeh, Kermanshah, and Ilam in western Iran.
The names of the arrested women are: Sara Jamshidi, Laleh Aghaii and Nazdar Amir Mohammadi from Ilam; Shahla Vahdatpour and Touran Mehraban from Orumiyeh; Nastaran Akasheh and Ashraf Akbarpour from Kermanshah.
Despite passage of three weeks since the arrest of these women, only one of them, Touran Mehraban, has been released on bail and the six others remain in jail.
Previous information indicated the arrest of another seven women in the city of Saqqez, in the Iranian Kurdistan.
In another development in Tehran, the family of Sepideh Farhan (Farahabadi) have not been able to secure her release despite persistent follow up. They have been told that their daughter will not be released for the time being since her interrogations have not been completed, yet.
Ms. Farhan was arrested along with several of her friends on January 2, 2018, in Tehran’s Enghelab Square and transferred to the Intelligence Ministry’s solitary confinement and placed under interrogation.
Some 8,000 protesters have been arrested in the first two weeks of January during the Iran uprising, at least eight of whom have been killed under torture.