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The extensive aggression against Kurds continues

2007-04-18, Press release, PARIS 2007 – 04 - 15

Since January 2007 at least 163 people have been arrested, killed, imprisoned or condemned to death.

Since the beginning of 2007 the Islamic Republic of Iran has expanded its aggression against Kurdish people in Iran: so far at least 7 people are executed, 10 killed by security forces of Iran, 39 people convicted to 4 months to 25 years in prison, 46 people arrested without trial, 10 dragged to revolutionary courts, 1 banished, 1 person received penalty for his activity with NGOs, 7 student suspended, 41 expulsed from Universities and one injured by security forces.

51 % of people accused having link with Kurdish political groups or participating in NGO activities in Iranian Kurdistan.

It is not first time that Kurdish people have been the victim of Islamic Republic repressive policy. Since the declaration of Holy war against Kurdish people in Iran by Ayatollah Khomeini on August 19, 1979 the Kurds are treated as enemy and the Kurdish land is considered as an occupied country. Kurdish people are foreign in their homeland.

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Iran is a signatory, guarantees that: “Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference,” and, “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers.”

Article 10 of the ICCPR requires states to guarantee that “all persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person” The arrested Kurdish people are prosecuted for having contact or link with Kurdish political organizations and acting against principles of Islamic Republic. They are also tortured and forced to confession during interrogations. Authorities have also prevented the family members of the detained to meet them.

The Iranian Kurdistan has been a sealed region from International Human Rights monitors, press and journalists. Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) condemns the ongoing human rights violation in Kurdistan by Islamic Republic. PDKI is deeply concerned about the extensive aggression against Kurdish people in Iran . We call for immediate release of the detainees. We also call upon the International Community and Human Rights Organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch for urgent action to and condemn the Islamic Republic’s discriminatory policies and campaigns in Kurdistan .

Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan
International Relations