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Iran’s Ministry Of Intelligence Interrogates University Students

Tuesday, 08/15/2023

Iran's Ministry of Intelligence has interrogated students from Allameh Tabatabai University in Tehran as the anniversary of Mahsa Amini’s death approaches.

Students from several universities, including Tabatabai, Beheshti, Khajeh Nasir, Tehran, Amirkabir, and Ferdowsi, have been summoned by the authorities ahead of the September anniversary of Amini’s death. These summonses come amidst escalating pressure on student activists affiliated with the protest movement and have prompted concerns among student communities and human rights advocates.

A Telegram channel known as ‘United Students’ revealed that out of a group of 15 students from Allameh University who had previously been contacted by intelligence agencies, six have been summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence where they underwent extensive questioning.

The interrogations, some spanning up to five hours, were allegedly based on university security reports, with a specific focus on protests that transpired on March 7. These protests have been linked to concerns surrounding the serial poisoning of school students.

During these interrogations, the six students reportedly faced threats of "detention and judicial action”.

Simultaneously, student activists from Esfahan University released a comprehensive report documenting instances of actions and suppression throughout the ‘Women, Life, Freedom’ movement. Approximately 500 students from Esfahan and Esfahan University of Medical Sciences were subjected to summons and interrogations by the Ministry of Intelligence between September and November.

As the one-year anniversary of the widespread protests in Iranian universities approaches, there has been a wave of anonymous phone calls to students and subsequent summoning by security entities.

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