Association for the human rights of the Azerbaijani people in Iran AHRAZ’s repot regarding the current situation of the Azerbaijani arrestees that are arrested during the recent protests (November 2019) in Iran

According to AHRAZ’s report many Azerbaijani civilians have been arrested by the security agents from the beginning of the recent protests against petrol price hike and unfavorable living conditions. Due to internet shut down and not having access to free media since 16thNovember 2019, there is no clear information regarding their situation. We should add that despite the fact that the central prison of Tabriz has capacity for only 2000 prisoners, currently, more than 7000 people are kept in this prison.

According to our contact with their families and friends we could confirm that 73 Azerbaijani civil rights activists are among the arrested people. The name and the location of the arrested people are as follows:


1.     Arash Farhadzadeh

2.     Hadi Hossainnejad

3.     Salar Mirzaei

4.     Nima Radifi

5.     Morteza Ebadi

6.     Abolfazl Pourjamal

7.     Morteza Lotfi

8.     Shahin Valipour Fard

9.     Vahid

10.  Akbar Karimpour

11.  Omid Khodai

12.  Amin Bozorgi

13.  Nader Pourhaji

14.  Mohammadhossain Etemadpour

15.  Ali Amiri

16.  Farshad Valipour

17.  Farhad Valipour

18.  Reza Khosroshahi (released temporarily)

19.  Salar Mirzaii

20.  Shayan Herisnejad

21.  Said Qaemmaqami

22.  Sirus Vahedi (released temporarily)

23.  Saed Shirazi

24.  Mohammad Talesh

25.  Milad Allahverdizadeh

26.  Shahin Valipour

27.  Mohammad Akbarzadeh

28.  Ali Akbari (released temporarily)

29.  Mojtaba Poursaleh

30.  Behruz Farid Gulluja (released temporarily)

31.  Habib Khataii

32.  Milad Rasouli

33.  Samad (From Qoshachay)

34.  Saleh Kamyari (released temporarily)

35.  Babak Hosseini Moqaddam

36.  Davoud Shiri

37.  Ayyub Shiri

38.  Rouzbeh Piri

39.  Shahin Barzgar

40.  Yashar Piri

41.  Akbar Mohajeri

42.  Faraz Norouzi

43.  Mohammad Mahmoudi

44.  Hojjat Mokhtarzadeh (Transferred to Tabriz Prison)

45.  Akbar Rasekhi

46.  Atilla Zare

47.  Asghar Kazemi (released temporarily)

48.  Shahriar Ahadzadeh

49.  Alireza Baghban

50.   Continues


1.     Ali Azizi (released temporarily)

2.     Salar Taheri (released temporarily)

3.     Continues


1.     Ghaffar Rezaiyan

2.     Mohammad Ghaffari

3.     Akbar Ramazani

4.     Majid Fakhri

5.     Alireza Moharrami

6.     Hamid Doosti

7.     Bahram Jafari

8.     Continues

Qoshachay (Miandoab):

1.     Tohid Khademi

2.     Ahmad Abedi

3.     Ilqar Mehrasa

4.     Afsaneh Abbasi

5.     Pedram Alinejad

6.     Ehsan Tizvir

7.     Arman Tizvir

8.      Continues

Tehran and Karaj:

1.     Mansour Fathi

2.     Saleh Ekrami

3.     Ali Ebrahimi

4.     Continues


1.     Morteza Shokri

2.     Continues

This list is not complete and AHRAZ is trying to provide a comprehensive list soon.

According to our contact with the families of some of the prisoners, AHRAZ noticed clear human rights violations by the security agents at the moment of arrest of these prisoners. The security agents created fear and chaos in front of their families while arresting them. Some examples of these violations are:

·     Security agents have arrested an Azerbaijani activist Akbar Mohajeri in his home in Tabriz while his two small kids were present at the moment and were observing the way they arrested him and one of his kids is suffering from the shock happened in that time.
·     After arresting an Azerbaijani activist Mohammad Mahmoudi, the security office has summoned his wife and daughter forcing them to confess against him.
·     The interrogator has detained his family members temporarily while they were asking about the reason that why he does not release Meysam Jolani, an Azerbaijani activist who got arrested in Ardabil. Meysam Jolani was supposed to be released temporarily with a bail. His family members got released later by the order of judge.

Some of the families of the prisoners around Azerbaijani provinces of Iran informed us that the arrestees had a chance to call their family only on the first day of their detention  and after that they did not have any permission to call their families. Therefore, families are concerned about the arrestees’ situation. We should add that according to the families none of the arrestees had access to lawyer and they have been deprived of seeing their families. Some of the families reported us that some of the arrestees got tortured during their detention.

The following arrestees suffered from torture during their detention:

1.     Akbar Mohajeri

2.     Mohammad Mahmoudi

3.     Davoud Shiri

4.     Ayyub Shiri

5.     Babak Hosseini Moqaddam

6.     Yashar Piri

7.     Shahin Barzgar

Association for the human rights of the Azerbaijani people in Iran “AHRAZ” request the Iran’s officials to cease the unlawful arrestments and provide fair trial for the arrested people. The officials should assure that the arrested people are having their lawful rights such as having access to lawyers and meeting their families.


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