If the will were there to really bring change …

August 8, 2014 by  
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SKS logoPersonal 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

Iranian regime executes four Kurdish prisoners, 2 of them women

May 26, 2014 by  
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hangungFirat 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.

UK FCO: Iran – Country of Concern 2013

April 11, 2014 by  
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2014 April 10 2The election of Hassan Rouhani as President in June, on the back of promises to bring about social equality and justice for all Iranians, brought a feeling of optimism to the country. Positive acts, such as the release of a number of political prisoners in September, were welcomed by the UK and the international community. However, these initial steps have not led to a substantive change in the overall human rights situation in Iran, and President Rouhani’s promises remain to be implemented in any real way. The number of executions increased on the previous year, and the death penalty continued to be enforced for drug traffickers and individuals who had committed their crimes as minors. Minority ethnic groups suffered harassment and discrimination, and the persecution of minority religious groups continued. The government continued to suppress freedom of expression, with arrests of journalists, bloggers and internet workers. November 2013 marked 1,000 days of house arrest or detention for opposition figures Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karrubi. Read more

Firat: Mother Language Day to be celebrated in Kurdistan

February 22, 2014 by  
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2014 Feb 21 languageToday 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

Abdullah Ocalan photo – December 2013

December 21, 2013 by  
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1488109_189940474533049_1633979269_nAbdullah Ocalan – Apo:

Mass trial of Abdullah Ocalan’s lawyers to be observed by UK barristers

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

Email: estella24@tiscali.co.uk

www.peaceinkurdistancampaign.wordpress.com

 

AI launches campaing for Kurdish journalist brothers

December 17, 2013 by  
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Amnesty InternationalFirat news: Amnesty International has launched a campaign calling on the Iranian authorities to quash the convictions of brothers Khosro and Masoud Kordpour, both journalists from Iran’s Kurdish minority, and to release them immediately as they have been prosecuted for their peaceful journalistic activities. http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE13/056/2013/en/3d14e2eb-d511-44e6-9bd2-0f8e1f75c592/mde130562013en.html

On 10 November, the Mahabad Revolutionary Court in the north-western province of Kordestan convicted brothers Khosro and Masoud Kordpourof the vaguely worded offences of “gathering and colluding against national security” and “spreading propaganda against the system” and sentenced them to six and three-and-a-half years’ imprisonment, respectively. The Court also stipulated that Khosro Kordpour should serve five of the six years of his prison sentence in Tabriz, north-west Iran, some 550km away from his home in Kordestan Province and, after serving his term, should be sent to Kerman, southern Iran, over 1,100km away from his home, to spend two years in internal exile. Trials in Revolutionary Courts fail to meet international fair trial standards. Read more

Ocalan’s tribute to Nelson Mandela: “A shining star that enlightened the peoples of Africa”

December 15, 2013 by  
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2013 Dec 14 Ocalan_Mandella13 December, 2013: Below we reproduce a statement by Abdullah Ocalan on the death of Nelson Mandela:

The tears that are being shed worldwide for Nelson Mandela today, the stories that are being shared about him and the wisdom that he bequeathed to all other freedom movements shows us what an outstanding individual he was.

The history of the peoples of the world is mostly shaped through the callous insolence of those trying to hold the masses in their grip. This insolence at times appears because the whole world sees this oppression but turns a blind eye to it, at times through the evil of totalitarianism and the banality by which it is fed. While the perpetrators of evil constantly bow their knees in shame and beg forgiveness or become a dark chapter in the book of history, the struggle against the banality of evil and rising totalitarianism appears in the only thing soaking all the soils of the world at the same time: the tears of the oppressed human being. Read more

Iran: Over 200 executions in three months

November 11, 2013 by  
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ANF – News Desk 10.11.2013 2013 Oct 28 iran noose 19.09.13_0Iran has executed more than 200 people in the three months since new President Hassan Rouhani took office, says a report in E-Kurd. According to a former reformist Member of Parliament, Rouhani’s Special Assistant in Ethnic and Minority Affairs Ali Younesi expressed his dismay at the recent executions in Kurdistan and said that “extremist elements” were responsible for them. Former MP Hassel Dasseh told Kurdish news website NNS ROJ that during a meeting on November 5 with Younesi and political activists, Younesi expressed sadness and regret about the recent executions and the intensified crackdown in Kurdistan.

Since Rouhani took office this August, a sharp increase in the number of executions, specifically among drug traffickers, Kurdish activists and Kurdish political prisoners, has created concern among civil society that extremist groups in the Iranian Judiciary and security apparatus have adopted this violent approach to show that the status quo remains. Iran has hanged 40 people over the past ten days. On November 3 and 4 alone,www.Ekurd.net authorities executed 12 people in different cities in Iran. On October 8, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran and the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center jointly called for an immediate moratorium on executions in Iran given the alarming rise in the use of the death penalty in recent weeks.

Iran: Lives of two death row inmates from Kurdish minority at risk amid surge in executions

October 28, 2013 by  
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2013 Oct 28 iran noose 19.09.13_0Amnesty International: Two death row prisoners from Iran’s Kurdish minority are at imminent risk of being executed after the Iranian authorities carried out 20 death sentences over the weekend, Amnesty International warned today.

“This surge in executions shows that behind words and promises, the Iranian authorities continue to rely on state-sponsored killing, sparking fears that Zaniar Moradi and Loghman Moradi, two Kurdish minority prisoners on death row, could be next,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director at Amnesty International.  Read more

Kurdish Lawyer Charged with Support of Kurdish Parties and Contacting UN in Iran.

July 15, 2013 by  
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1069844_10151704290562380_1344369666_nAlliance for Kurdish Rights: After 37 days of lawyer Massoud Shamsinejad’s detention, Branch 5 of Orumiyeh Special Crimes Courts informed him of political charges against him, a local source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Shamsinejad, an Orumiyeh lawyer who has represented many Kurdish political prisoners, has been charged with “supporting Kurdish parties,” “contacting foreign media,” “organizing anti-execution protest gatherings in Orumiyeh in 2010,” and “contacting the offices of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights.” Massoud Shamsinejad was then released on bail of about US$330,000. Read more

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