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 Increased human rights violations against the Kurdish people in Iran

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Increased human rights violations against the Kurdish people in Iran  24.10.2008   

October 24, 2008

Since January 2008 at least 530 people have been the victim of gross human rights violations by the Islamic regime in Kurdistan.

Since January 2008 at least 229 Kurdish NGO and political activist have been detained by the government of the Islamic republic of Iran. Over 58 people have been killed by security forces of Iran and at least 36 have injured. During the last ten months at least 16 people have been killed or injured by land mine, that are being planted by the security forces of regime.

During the last ten months at least 102 people have sentenced to between 4 months to life imprisonment. 9 people have been condemned to death and 16 people are executed in Kurdistan jails. So far in 2008 in Iran, 237 people are executed by Islamic republic of Iran with 18 of them have been juveniles.

The security forces of Islamic republic have forced people out of 8 Kurdish villages. They have been forced out of their homes due to bombarding of their villages. There has been extensive material damage to the property and possessions of many citizens including industrial equipments and livestock; furthermore, over 200 shops have been closed down and thousands of satellite dishes have been confiscated.

Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan calls upon all the human rights organizations, International Community and democratic governments to take an urgent action against ongoing human rights violation in Iranian Kurdistan. Regrettably, Iran's defiance to the international community especially in regards to its nuclear program has shifted the attention of the world community from the increasing violation of human and national rights of Kurdish people in Iran and other parts of Iran. We call upon the international community to use their political and diplomatic leverage to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran from continuing human rights violations against the Kurdish people in Iran.

Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan - Bureau of International Relations, Paris, October 22, 2008

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* In a report released in July 2008, the human rights organisation, Amnesty International expressed concern about the increased repression of Kurdish Iranians, particularly human rights defenders.

The report cited examples of religious and cultural discrimination against the estimated 12 million Kurds who live in Iran.

“We urge the Iranian authorities to take concrete measures to end any discrimination and associated human rights violations that Kurds, indeed all minorities in Iran, face,” Amnesty said in its report.

“Kurds and all other members of minority communities in Iran, men, women and children, are entitled to enjoy their full range of human rights.”

Iranian Kurdistan

** Iranian Kurdistan (Kurdish: Kurdistana Îranę or Kurdistana Rojhilat (Eastern Kurdistan) or Rojhilatę Kurdistan (East of Kurdistan)) is an unofficial name for the parts of Iran inhabited by Kurds and has borders with Iraq and Turkey. It includes the greater parts of West Azerbaijan province, Kurdistan Province, Kermanshah Province, and Ilam Province.

Kurds form the majority of the population of this region with an estimated population of 12 million. The region is the eastern part of the greater cultural-geographical area called Kurdistan.

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Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) (PDKI)

The Kurdish Iranians in Iranian Kurdistan and PDKI played an active part in the Iranian people's uprising against the Shah's dictatorship. A group of PDK-I leaders, who were living in exile either in neighbouring countries or in Europe, returned to Iran before the collapse of the monarchy, actively participating in the uprising of the Kurdish people and assuming the status of leadership in the movement.

More about KDPI- Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran


The present leader of the organisation is Haji Ahmadi. According to the Washington Times, half the members of PEJAK are women, many of them still in their teens, and one of the female members of the leadership council is Gulistan Dugan, a psychology graduate from the University of Tehran. This is due primarily to the fact that PEJAK is strongly supportive of women's rights. PEJAK believes that women must have a strong role in government and must be on an equal level with men in leadership positions.

More about PEJAK- Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan        


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