There is further information from the Media Institute of the Federation of Western Kurdistan Society:
We reported that on 16th April 2010, Hediya Eli Yusef, an activist in the ‘Sittar’ Women’s Federation. was arrested with others in Hasse village http://supportkurds.org/news/activist-from-sittar-womens-federation-arrested-in-syria . This was the same time and place as the other report of intelligence security forces storming mourners in Hassei village http://supportkurds.org/news/mourners-attacked-by-security-forces-in-syria.
Some of those who were arrested are injured.
A women tried to help one of the young people who had been wounded by the security forces, but she was beaten on the head by the security forces. Her nose and her rib were also broken. Mohamed Ibrahim Sheikh Khalil was shot in his stomach. The houses locally were raided to intimidate the local people. Read more
It has come to our attention from Kurdish Organization for Defending Human Rights and Public Freedoms in Syria – DAD, Human Rights Organization in Syria – MAF, and Kurdish Committee for Human Rights al-Rased that the human rights campaigner, Akram Kanao died in an unfortunate accident on the evening of Saturday 24 April 2010. He will be mourned by human rights supporters everywhere.
At the time of his accident, Akram Kanao was the President of the Board of Trustees of Human Rights Organization in Syria – MAF. He had been arrested late in 1970 and was detained for one year with others. He was arrested again on 28 February 2009, after the march to protest about Decree 49, along with two of his colleagues on the Board of Trustees of the organization MAF. They were released the same day.
International Support Kurds in Syria Association – SKS wishes to extend condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Akram Kanao.
According to DAD, MAF and al-Rased, the authorities released the following students: Hanadi Tammo Mohammed, Abdul Aziz Mohammed Ateh, Siamand Ateh, Ronak AbdulRaham Mohammed who were arrested on 16 March in Aleppo University for participating in a five minute vigil in memory of the twenty-second anniversary of the massacre at Halabja.
Furman Hussain remains in detention. The reporting organisations make a special plea for his release because his exams are coming up, and these are important for his future.
Kurdish Organization for Defending Human Rights and Public Freedoms in Syria – DAD
Human Rights Organization in Syria – MAF
Kurdish Committee for Human Rights al-Rased
24 April 2010
The Media Institute of the Federation of Western Kurdistan Society announced on 23 April 2010 that a funeral was held for 19 freedom fighters who have been killed over time. It was arranged to take place in Hassei village in the Afrin area on 16 April 2010. Hundreds of Kurds and family members gathered peacefully to receive the documents of their sons. Syrian security forces surrounded the village and began attacking the mourners who report being beaten and threatened, live bullets were fired at the crowd, and some were arrested. Documents relating to the freedom fighters were taken and the family members threatened. The shooting on the mourners created conflict between the mourners and the authorities and the event had to be postponed.
The ceremony was adjourned to 23rd April to be held in Gaundu village in the Afrin area. When people went to village to prepare for the ceremony, but security forces arrived at 7am and surrounded them with armoured vehicles and military, intelligence and security forces that attacked the mourners without provocation, again firing live bullets towards the crowd. There was no distinguishing between old and young, men and women – the forces attacked randomly and showed no respect for the circumstances of the occasion.
There were injuries, one woman suffered a blow to her head and she remains critically ill. Dozens were arrested and wounded, but there is as yet no list of names. A security cordon was placed around the village to prevent communication with those being held in the village. Read more
Eranshar- Iran: Keywan Guderzi, a Kurdish student who was studying in the University of Eranshar was found dead last week. His dead was mysterious and the traces of tortures found on his body. The family of Mr. Guderzi said that he was murdered.
According to the Iranian Human Rights Organisation’s report the dead body of Mr. Guderzi was found at the back of the University’s canteen on 20th April.
Keywan Guderzi is a Kurdish student from the city Gillan in the province of the Kermanshah.
To protest against the fabricated statement that the University’s president made, the whole students of the University went on a strike and refused to attend their classes for a day and they also displayed black flags on the University walls.
HASANKEYF- Turkey: Turkey has secured the support of a local bank to build a dam on a major historic site on the Tigris River, overriding harsh opposition at home and snubs by European lenders. The head of Turkey’s Akbank said last week that the company would help finance the construction, but not without a sense of discomfort for backing a project which, critics say, will displace 54,000 people and submerge millennia-old archaeological remains. Banks make only financial considerations when joining such projects. But the Ilisu dam will be the last such example for us? From now on we will pay attention also to environmental aspects; Suzan Sabanci Dincer told the Vatan newspaper. Read more
Urmiye- Eastern Kurdistan: The Iranian Theocratic Regime keeps committing crimes against humanity and the atrocities it carries out against the Kurdish people particularly the Kurdish political prisoners have reached a tragic point.
On Sunday 18th April Two Kurdish political prisoners detained in the Urmiye Prison, cell number 9 and 11 were killed under callous and inhuman tortures.
According to the news from the Iranian Human Rights Organisation HARANA, a political prisoner named as Irac Xemengiz was tortured to death yesterday morning 18th April. The reason for that has not yet been revealed. Read more
To the Swedish Immigration Directorate
To whom it may concern
We, the undersigned organizations and personalities, we hope that you would show concern for the request of the Syrian Kurdish writer, poet and journalist Hooshang Osei (real name: Abdul-Aziz Mohammed Osei) submitted to the Swedish consulate in Istanbul on 11/2/2010, under No. 11 479 966, with a view of obtaining residency in the Kingdom of Sweden. The writer Hooshang Osei is one of the Syrian Kurds that are deprived of their citizenship, and are denied their political, cultural and civil rights. He was forced to flee to Turkey after exposure to the Syrian security investigations, and was threatened with arrest if he did not stop his political writings criticising the Syrian, Turkish, and Iranian authorities. Read more
Yekiti Media reports that on Thursday 22 April 2010 Anwar Nasser was released from Alfayh’a Branch in Damascus. The other three – Hassan Saleh, Mohamed Mustapha and Maroof Mulla Ahmed were transferred to the military prosecution in Damascus in preparation for being charged with offences.
Human Rights Organisations everywhere will welcome his release
Hossein Khezri, a 28-year-old man, and Zeynab Jalalian, a 27-year-old woman, both members of Iran’s Kurdish minority, are feared to be at imminent risk of execution. Both were convicted of “enmity against God”, in separate cases, for membership of the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan.
Hossein Khezri was arrested in Kermanshah in 2008, held in detention facilities under the control of the Ministry of Intelligence and Revolutionary Guards, and was later sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court in Oromieh, north-west Iran, for “enmity against God” (“moharebeh”). His sentence was upheld in or around August 2009. He said he was tortured and asked for an investigation, but his request was denied in March 2010. On 11 April 2010, he was moved from Oromieh Central Prison to an unknown location, raising fears that his execution may be imminent. Read more