Iranian activists at increasing risk in former haven Turkey

By:, Turkey correspondent

Five Iranians are in Turkish detention, the latest in an apparent wave of arrests and deportation orders

Iranian dissidents in Turkey are unsure whether the country is still a refuge after what appears to be a new wave of arrests and deportation orders targeting asylum seekers from the Islamic Republic.

Afshin Sohrabzadeh, 31, a Kurdish political activist, faced torture and solitary confinement during seven years in prison in Iran before he managed to escape during a hospital visit and flee across the border to Turkey in 2016, followed by his wife the following year.

This month Sohrabzadeh was detained after a routine visit to his local police station in the city of Eskişehir to obtain travel papers, and charged with being a threat to Turkey’s national security.