Crimes Against Kurds

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Crimes Against Kurds

Friday 1st May, 2020

On the eve of International Workers’ Day, Sanandaj Intelligence Office and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) telephone summoned a number of Kurdish labour activists in addition to threatening them not to attend any non-governmental event on this day. “For several days now, as in previous years, security agencies have made threatening calls to at least 10 labour activists.”

Wednesday 27th April, 2020

Kurdish civil rights activist and former member of the Green Party of Kurdistan Akbar Goyli, has been sentenced by Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj to five years in prison on charges of “collaboration with the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK).”

The trial of this activist was held on Apr 14 at Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Hossein Saeedi, and the verdict was announced on Thursday, Apr 23. He had previously been arrested by security forces in Sanandaj on August 20 last year and he was released on September 7, on a bail of 500 million tomans.

Tuesday 21st April, 2020

The Islamic Republic of Iran executed a second Kurdish prisoner, Shayan Saeedpour, 21, in the central prison in Saqez, Kurdistan province, who escaped from prison in late March in connection with the coronavirus pandemic spreading in Iranian penitentiaries.

Shayan Saeedpour was sentenced to death for first degree murder and to 80 lashes for drinking alcohol. Iran’s regime alleged that he murdered Soleiman Azadi during an argument in 2015 when 17-years-old.

Saturday 11th April, 2020

The execution sentence of Mostafa Salimi, 53, the Kurdish political prisoner was carried out in Saqqez central prison. He had been in detention for 17 years in Sanandaj and Saqqez prisons. Along with 70 prisoners he had escaped from Saqqez prison on March 27 in connection with the coronavirus pandemic.

Mostafa Salimi is from Ilou village of Saqqez, born in July 1967 and was arrested on April 6, 2003, in charge of attacking Iranshah barrack in Saqqez and killing a member of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Saturday 21st March, 2020

Killing and Injury of 237 kolbars during 1398 solar year.

At least 237 Kolbars of Kurdish civilians were killed or wounded on the borders and roads of Kurdistan during the last solar year, 8 of them were under 18 years old. According to this report, 66 were killed in the last year and 171 were woundd; more than 83% were killed or wounded by direct firing by armed forces.

Friday 14th February, 2020

Currently, 11 Kurdish civilians and activists detained at the detention center run by the Ministry of Intelligence in the city of Sanandaj and the Women’s Correctional Centre are under pressure by security investigators to make forced confessions.

According to sources close to the family of some of the detainees who have been able to meet them briefly in recent days, Sanandaj Intelligence interrogators have completed their interrogation process but their release on bail has been subjected to forced confessions and co-operation with the intelligence interrogators.

Monday 20th January, 2020

Extensive Presence of Security Forces at the Funeral of Ukrainian Plane Crash victims, Arvin Moratab and Aida Farzaneh in Behesht-e Mohammadi of Sanandaj in addition to the burial ceremonies of Rezgar Rahimi and his son Zhivan Rahimi in Saqqez.

“Despite pressure and threats from security agencies to cover the coffins with the flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran and bury their bodies in the martyrs’ section of Sanandaj cemetery, the families refused and buried them in Behesht-e Mohammadi in Sanandaj instead without using the flag of the Islamic Republic.“