A relative of human rights activist and banned student Kouhyar Goudarzi, who was arrested and transferred to an unknown location on 31 July by unidentified forces, spoke with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran about Goudarzi’s arrest. “Kouhyar was a guest at a friend’s home when he, his host, and another guest were arrested. Unofficial sources told us that Kouhyar and the other two individuals with him were arrested by Intelligence Ministry forces. However, judicial and security authorities have so far maintained silence about this and we remain in a complete information blackout. We do not know which individuals carried out the arrests and with what intentions. Some of the neighbors of the home in which Kouhyar was arrested have said that plainclothes individuals entered the home by force and without showing a warrant, taking the three with them after a while.”
The way in which Kouhyar Goudarzi and his mother, Parvin Mokhtare, were arrested is a clear manifestation of “arbitrary arrests,” a violation of a citizen’s right to a fair trial, and another example of the insistence of Iran’s security forces on ignoring the Islamic Republic of Iran’s commitments to internal and international laws.