KMMK March 1, 2016
Based on a detailed, statistical report on human rights violations in East Kurdistan in February 2016 prepared by Kurdistan Human Rights Association (KHRA), the Iranian regime unabatedly continued to arrest, torture, imprison, and execute Kurdish activists in Eastern Kurdistan. Due to the Iranian regime’s avoidance to let various human rights organizations have access to the victims, the KHRA claims the report is just a part of the Iranian regime’s systematic violation of human rights in East Kurdistan.
Executions: Fardin Hosseini, 35, Yarisan Kurdish prisoner was executed in Karaj Prison on 21 January 2016. Fardin who practiced Yarisan religion had been under horrendous tortures for 6 years and had been deprived of having a lawyer in his trial.
During February, at least 8 more Kurdish prisoners were executed on alleged involvement in drug-related affairs. There are not reports on probable execution of more Kurdish political prisoners in February.
Arbitrary Detentions: Tens of Kurdish civilians were arrested throughout Eastern Kurdistan in February.
In the early February, a Kurdish citizen named Hossein Kamangar from Kamyaran was arrested by the Iranian Intelligence Agency. It is the third time this ex-prisoner has been arrested by the Iranian regime in the last four years.
On February 4, a Kurdish citizen named Zanko Rastad from Marivan was arrested by the Iranian Intelligence Agency due to his participation in the demonstrations against the Turkish regime brutal crackdown on Kurds in Northern Kurdistan.
On February 4, at least twenty Kurdish activists including a couple of women were arrested by the Iranian regime police in Sanandaj, Eastern Kurdistan. Hiwa Kamangar and Jahangir Vakili, brother of the executed Kurdish activist Farhad Vakili, are also among the arrested activists. It is said that they are all now held in Shalman Detention.
On February 4, a Kurdish citizen named Malek Mousazadeh was arrested by the Iranian police in Jawanroud, Eastern Kurdistan. On 10 February 2016, Kurdish citizen named Sirwan Kamali, 26, son of Hassan Kamali, was arrested by Iranian security forces in Bokan, Eastern Kurdistan.
On February 16, forty Kurdish civilians were arrested in Naghadeh, Eastern Kurdistan, as they were celebrating the victory of a Kurdish candidate in the parliamentary election.
On February 11, a Kurdish activist named Salman Hossein Panahi was arrested by the Iranian regime security forces in Sanandaj, Eastern Kurdistan.
On 16 February 2016, a Kurdish citizen named Shirzad Fallahi was arrested by the Iranian regime security forces in Baneh, Eastern Kurdistan.
From 16-18 February, some twenty-two Kurdish citizens were arrested by the Iranian regime security forces in Saqqez due to their alleged membership in an opposition Kurdish group. Fateh Dundari, Wafa Dundari, Afkham Moradi, Kurosh Farouqi, Saman Pashaei, Farshad Daraei, Nader Majidian, Behrouz Rishe Saheb, Ali Daraei, Saman Rabbani, Hoshyar Heydari, Wafa Firouzeh, and Behrouz Sahebi are among the arrested ones.
In recent days, the arrest warrants of five Kurdish activists in Saqqez, one Kurdish activist in Kamyaran, and one Kurdish activist in Orumiyeh have been extended, and they are all now under interrogation in Sanandaj and Orumiyeh Security Detentions.
Imprisonments: On January 30, authorities in Khoy Central Prison refused to let Zeynab Jalalian be released on bail. Zeynab’s eyesight has deteriorated in prison and she is in urgent need of being seen by an optometrist.
On January 30, a Kurdish citizen named Hersh Lehoni was sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment due to his alleged membership in an opposition Kurdish party and insulting the Supreme Leader.
On February 8, the ailing Kurdish prisoner Ayoub Assadi was refused to be visited by a doctor despite earlier approval of Kashmar prison officials.
On January 30, a Kurdish arrestee named Fattah Yousifpour from Bokan, Eastern Kurdistan, was sentenced 6 months in jail due to his alleged propaganda against the Islamic regime.
On February 9, a labor activist named Osman Isma’ili was sentenced to 1 year in jail by Saqqez Revolution Court due to his alleged propaganda against the Islamic regime.
On February 12, the Kurdish producer named Keyvan Karimi whom had been sentenced to 6 of corrective imprisonment, 223 lashes, and 20 million tomans fine in cash by the Court of First Instance was retried and his sentence was reduced to 1-year of corrective imprisonment and the same amount of lashes and financial fine.
The trial of the Kurdish-Bahaei citizen named Zabihollah Ra’oufi which was supposed to be held on February 13 was postponed to another date without any clear reasons.
On February 17, the initial one-year-imprisonment sentence of a Kurdish activist named Najmaldin Faraji from Marivan, Eastern Kurdistan, was increased to 15 months by the Appeal Court following his complaint to the Court of First Instance’s verdict.
In February, a Kurdish prisoner from Western Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan) named Ramazan Ahamd Kamal was finally allowed to be treated by doctors outside Karaj Prison following his hunger strike and his deteriorating health situation. He was told he would have to pay all his medical expenses.
Workers and Civil Servants: Throughout all February, Kurdish workers’ rights continued to be violated by the Iranian regime. In response, they held demonstrations which resulted in their arrest, interrogation, trial, and imprisonment.
On February 4, Masoud Kurdpour’s demand to be reappointed as a teacher was refused by the regime in Mahabad.
On February 20, eighty-eight workers in a tiles factory on the Sanandaj-Dehgolan Road were laid off “until further notice” due to unclear reasons.
There are at least 30 more violations of Kurdish workers’ rights in February mentioned in the original document which are skipped here for the sake of brevity.
Women: The daily violation of women’s rights by the Islamic regime continued unabatedly throughout all February. Due to the reactionary nature of the regime and its extremely patriarchal laws, self-immolation is a widespread phenomenon among Kurdish women in Eastern Kurdistan.
A pregnant woman set fire on herself in Marivan on February 6. Another young woman committed suicide in Saqqez on February 24. On February 7, a Kurdish girl from Kermanshah committed suicide.
Children and Education: In February, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child condemned the mandatory Hijab for girls under 18 as an obvious violation of the Islamic regime’s international obligations.
On February 24, the Head of Kermanshah’s Education Department said there were 360 unsafe schools in the province, which he attributed to the lack of budget.
February 21, 2016, marked the 38th anniversary of the International Mother Tongue Day under the Islamic regime. Despite its sharp contrast to international human rights, Kurdish students in Eastern Kurdistan are still deprived of education in their mother tongue, which itself causes them endless problems during the whole process of learning.
Environment: In February, a number of Kurdish environmentalists were arrested by the Iranian regime.
Sanandaj Revolutionary Court summoned Dr. Mokhtar Hashemi due to his activities to protect Kani Bil Spring in Hewraman.
During February, Sanandaj, Kermanshah, Ilam, and Orumiyeh were all hit by dust storms, which led to the closure of schools. Observers accuse the regime of neglecting this increasingly serious problem and, instead, spending hundreds of millions of dollars in sectarian wars in neighboring countries.
In February, reeds around Zrebar Lake in Marivan were once again set on fire by “unknown perpetrators”. Local people have frequently accused the regime of setting fire on the reeds around the lake as a part of their bigger campaign to destroy Kurdistan’s nature.
Ethnic Discriminations: On February 27, hundreds of people identifying themselves as the “Followers of Vilayet” broke into the only remained worshiping house of Kurdish Yarisan community and bit all the worshippers. Witnesses believe claim this obvious disrespect to Yarisan followers was committed by regime’s security forces.
With regard to economic discrimination against Kurds, the regime-appointed governor of Kurdistan province confessed that income per capita in the province is half of the average for the country. Unemployment rate, according to local authorities, is estimated to be over 35%.
At the end of its report, the KHRA calls upon all residents of Eastern Kurdistan to report any discrimination or violation of their rights by the Iranian regime to various human rights organizations throughout the world.