Mojtaba Parvin, a Civil Activist Residing in Ardebil, was Arrested

This morning, security agents entered Mojtaba Parvin’s house and arrested him and transferred him to an unknown location.

According to the Campaign for the Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners, on Tuesday morning, October 9th, 2018, Mojtaba Parvin, a civil activist residing in Ardebil, was arrested at his father’s house by security forces.

It has reported that, security agents were not able to inspect the house because of one of the family of the Azerbaijani activist resistance and left the house after arresting Mojtaba Parvin.

The reasons for the arrest, place of detention, and allegations against this civil activist, are not known and his family does not anything about their son’s status.

Morteza and Mostafa Parvin, two brothers of the civil activist, were also arrested several times in the past by security forces.

Also, before Parvin arrest, Mustafa Parvin’s painting exhibition entitled “Shirvan Dareh Se” was canceled with the intervention of security officials.

Mojtaba Parvin was arrested earlier in August 1997 when he was hiking on the peak of Savalan mountain along with other Azerbaijani activists who were released after a day.

Between 16% and 25% of the population of Iran are Turkish Speaking citizens and most of them live in the provinces of East and West Azarbaijan, Ardebil and Zanjan. Some of these citizens regard the rule of law as discrimination, and the prohibition of teaching non-Persian languages in schools is one of the most prominent cases of discrimination, which has always been the subject of protest by some of the civil activists in these areas.

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