History once again repeated itself for the Kurds in East Kurdistan.In the notorious Evin prison outside Tehran 4 Kurdish ‘rebels’ were taken to the gallows early in the morning. They were asked to ‘repent’.
The 4 Kurds responded by singing the Kurdish National Anthem, ‘Ey Reqip’.
They were hanged. Read more
Reactions against the rape attempt by the Iranian Intelligence Agency (Itlaat) members against a Kurdish woman, who jumped to save herself from the 4th floor of the Tara Hotel where she worked in the city of Mahabad in East Kurdistan, continue. Read more
Ferinaz Xosrowanî jumped off the fourth storey of the Tara Hotel, where she worked, to avoid rape by Iranian intelligence (Itlaat) officers.
People in Mahabad gathered outside the hotel in anger on hearing about the incident at 6 pm local time. The mass protesting outside was brutally attacked by police using real bullets and tear gas. Read more
Political prisoners Saman Naseem, and brothers Ali Efsharî and Habîbullah Efsharî in Urmia prison have been executed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
While Naseem’s lawyer has confirmed the execution of the Kurdish political prisoner despite all the calls by human rights organizations, worrying wait continues for three other Kurdish prisoners on death row. Read more
Since decades, regimes which are occupying Kurdistan have been applying oppressive policies against Kurdish people in order to deny the right and existence of Kurds and prevent their libration and freedom.
As these regimes have realised, especially after the announcement of Self-Rule Administration in Rojava, that Kurds and coexisting communities are managing themselves freely. These regimes started to move again against this promising Self-Rule Administration in Rojava and trying to destroy it. These regimes started to coordinate again with each others, for instance in Kobane Turkish regime is supporting ISIS openly , on the other hand Syrian regime is having a full support and consultancy from Iranian regime nowadays to create an inflict in Aljazeera canton – Al-Hassake city pushing toward a civil war among the Kurdish, Arabs and Syriac components in that peaceful city. Read more
Personal thoughts: Kurds need to be able to protect people in their area – for humanitarian reasons as well as credibility. If they are given massive help with this they will be released from that struggle and mor able to concentrate on protecting the area and all these people. Read more
Firat News: ANF – News desk25.05.2014:
It is reported that death sentences previously handed down to 4 Kurdish prisoners, 2 of them women, have been carried out. According to Basnews, the executions took place on Thursday. The Kurds were named as Amina Tosin, Gulchin Meskieni, Faruq Mofassori and Youssef Ma’aruffi, all from Urmia. It is not known where the executions took place.
In Iran Kurdish activists Shireen Elemhuli, Farzad Kemanger, Farhad Wekili and Ali Haydarh?yan were executed on 9 May 2010 and on 26 October 2013 Hebibullah Gulperipur was executed in Urmiye prison.
Since the beginning of the year, 176 people have been executed in Iran, 16 of them Kurds.
59 other Kurds remain on death row in Iran for political activities.
Today is International Mother Language Day. This day is observed every year to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was created by UNESCO (the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organisation) in order to promote the dissemination of mother tongues and a fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue. Read more
Peace in Kurdistan Campaign press release:
The seventh hearing in a long-running trial against the legal representatives of Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who is currently in talks with the Turkish government to resolve the 30-year-old Kurdish –Turkish conflict, will take place tomorrow.
A delegation of leading barristers and solicitors from the UK will attend the trial, which will take place Silivri prison complex in the largest courthouse in the world, along with another two dozen international trial monitors from across Europe. The UK delegation includes human rights barristers Mark Jones (St Ives Chambers) and Margaret Owen OBE (9 Bedford Row Chambers); lawyer Sasha Zernova, representative of the Solicitors International Human Rights Committee; as well as Claire Fourel, lawyer at Ashurst; and barrister Alex Haines (Bretton Woods Law Chambers).
The trial has already been heavily criticised by international legal groups for failing to adhere to standards of international law and for breaching the European Convention on Human Rights.
The 36 defendants were members of Ocalan’s legal team at the time of their arrest in simultaneous police raids in November 2011. They have been accused, under Turkey’s anti-terrorism legislation, of being members of a ‘leadership committee’ within the PKK and of passing orders from their client to other PKK members. The PKK remains a banned organisation in Turkey, as well as in the EU, the UK and the US, despite the government engaging in peace talks with the organisation throughout this year.
The lawyers deny all the charges and contend that they have only acted in accordance with their professional duties, for which they are now being cynically criminalised.
The trial is one of dozens of mass political trials of Kurdish intellectuals, media workers, trade unionists, academics and politicians. To date more than 8,000 people have been arrested as part of the government’s attack on Kurdish civil society, with the majority facing terrorism charges.
Turkey’s counterterrorism operations have led to the country holding the world’s largest number of prisoners convicted of terrorism and the country has been widely criticised for using the dangerously broad anti-terror law to quell anti-government dissent.
For further information contact:
Peace in Kurdistan – Campaign for a political solution of the Kurdish Question