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In Their Own Words: Human Rights Violations against Iran’s Kurdish Minority

(9 August 2012) -- The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran routinely violates domestic and international law in the course of arresting, interrogating, and prosecuting Kurdish civil and political activists.

Although armed opposition groups do exist in Iran's Kurdish region, many of the targets of government repression are peaceful activists operating within the framework of the law who are indiscriminately subjected to intimidation, torture and the deprivation of their rights to due process.

As part of its on-going effort to document human rights violations perpetrated against Iran’s Kurdish minority, the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) has compiled a package of witness statements that evidences the abuses against Kurdish activists in the prisons, detention centers, and judicial apparatus of the Islamic Republic. The fifteen witnesses in this package were interviewed in the course of investigations for IHRDC’s recently released report, "On the Margins: Arrest, Imprisonment, and Execution of Kurdish Activists in Iran Today" and include former Kurdish Iranian political prisoners and the relatives of current and former death row inmates. All the witnesses included in this release have intimate experience with government violations of the basic rights of prisoners.

 

Yaser Goli

Amir Babakri

Faegh Rourast

Kaveh Tahmasebi

Fatemeh Goftari

Sherko Jahani Asl

Amjad Hossein Panahi

Lotfollah Lotfollahpour

Mala'ekeh Alamhooli

Saber Kakehassan

Khalegh Hamedzadeh

Amir Ahmadi

Kajal Sheikhmohammadi

Jahangir Abdollahi

Nasser Golparipour*

*Pictured: Nasser Golparipour's son Habib Golparipour

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