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 An Immediate Appeal to Human Rights Organizations

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An Immediate Appeal to Human Rights Organizations ‎ 6.12.2011 
By Human Rights Activists via

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December 6, 2011

We are a group of Human Rights activists, advocates of civil liberties and champions of Freedom of Expression in Iraqi Kurdistan.

We are writing to draw your immediate attention to gross Human Rights violations currently developing in Iraqi Kurdistan. In the wake of a series of riots that broke out earlier in the city of Zakho, in Kurdistan, North of Iraq, the intelligence and security apparatus belonging to Kurdish Democratic Party of Iraq, or KDP, have launched indiscriminate beatings, crackdowns and critically injured a number of nonviolent     
protesters. An uncertain number of demonstrators have been incarcerated ad infinitum and devoid of any access to legal aid in detention centers in Zakho and Duhok and its surroundings. Names and exact number o f detainees, currently being interned, has not been revealed.

We are very concerned about the whereabouts and health state of detainees. Ill-treatment, disappearance, forceful confessions and use of torture are all widespread practices and source of great concern.

We urge you to seriously pursue these developments, ensure the protection of detainees, and pressure Kurdistan Regional Government KRG to release the names of those in custody as soon as possible.

Thanking you for your cooperation.

Yours Sincerely,
Human Rights Activists
Zakho, Iraqi Kurdistan

- Amnesty International
- Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
- Human Rights Watch
- US Embassy in Baghdad-Iraq
- European Court of Human Rights
- Committee Against Torture
- Human Rights Watch
- Human Rights First

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