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Iraqi Kurdistan Action Required: Defend whistle-blower  7.9.2012 
Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT)

Kurdish journalist Karzan Karim Muhammad
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September 7, 2012

CHICAGO,— CPT Iraqi Kurdistan has learned of the August 2011 arrest and imprisonment of Karzan Karim Muhammad, husband and father, and seasoned journalist more recently employed by the Asayish, the national security force of the Kurdistan Regional Government. While assigned duty at the Erbil International Airport, Karzan observed and reported corrupt practices of three individuals. He is being charged with endangering national security and disrespecting the internal Asayish chain of command structure.

In spite of governmental encouragement for all citizens to report corrupt practices whenever they observe them, CPT believes Karzan is being punished and perhaps tortured because of his decision to expose what he believes to be mismanagement of resources intended to serve the Iraqi Kurdistan community. His third court date is set for September 12, 2012.

CPT urges you to copy the note below and send it immediately to each of the addresses below. Speaking publicly about suspicious behaviors of persons in authority in this region leaves one vulnerable to abuse, assault and even death. Please support Karzan by commending his courage and commitment to value the public welfare more than his own safety.

Please send the note below using facebook or email to:

Kurdistan Prime Minister, KRG, Mr. Nechirvan Barzani (facebook)
[email protected]

Kurdistan Parliament:
[email protected] 

Human Rights Committee, KRG:
(A corrected email is being sought. Please check here again.)

I am concerned about the detention of Karzan Karim Muhammad. I fear he is being punished because of his reports of corrupt practices of authorities working at the Erbil International Airport.

Mr. Muhammad’s choice to serve the greater good of the community by identifying mismanagement of resources is a thing to be commended, not to be repressed. The judgment of his case will reveal whether the Kurdistan Regional Government is promoting a democratic nation or a military state.

The democratic future of Iraqi Kurdistan depends on individuals like Karzan, and on your praise of his actions.


Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT)

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