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Dozens of Kurdish Activists Arrested in Iran

Iran -- Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

The Kurdistan Human Rights Network reported on Wednesday, January 13, that Iranian intelligence agents had arrested at least 26 Kurdish students and civil rights activists in recent days in Karaj, Mahabad, Rabat, Marivan, Bukan, and Sarvabad.

The latest arrests were made on Wednesday morning in Selin's village in Oraman, during which the agents of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' (IRGC) Intelligence Organization detained Akram and Siamak Advaei.

In an interview with the Kurdistan Human Rights Network, relatives of the two Kurdish citizens reported that no arrest warrant had been issued and that the IRGC agents used violence during the two civil rights activists' detention.

According to the report, 12 of the 26 detainees were arrested by the IRGC's Intelligence Organization. Neither the other organizations responsible for the detentions nor the names of the other detainees have been announced.

The reason behind the arrests and the whereabouts of the detainees are also unknown.