Kurds

Witness Statement of Hamed Saati

In this witness statement, Hamed Saati—an Iranian Kurd now living in Sweden—describes the Kurdish reaction to the 1979 referendum on creating an Islamic Republic, as well as the Iranian central government’s attack on the Kurdish region in August 1979. Saati also recounts the execution of his brother, Hamid Saati, by Iranian officials sometime around May 1983. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Farhad Sarhangi

In this witness statement, Farhad Sarhangi—a former Kurdish peshmerga—recalls his numerous arrests and imprisonments in Iran in the early 1980s. He also details the Iranian state’s execution of his younger sister Masoumeh, a juvenile at the time, on alleged political grounds. ... Read more

Joint Letter from 27 NGOs to UN Human Rights Council

(March 12, 2014) - NGOs call on UN member states to support resolution to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Zaynab Bayazidi

(September 30, 2013) -- In her first, full-length witness interview since her escape from Iran, former political prisoner Zaynab Bayazidi--a Kurdish women's rights and children's rights activist--describes her multiple arrests, interrogations and imprisonment in exile in Maragheh Prison in Iran. In her statement, Bayazidi explains in careful detail the substandard health and sanitation conditions in prison, sexually coercive practices in interrogation, suicide attempts of inmates, the treatment of children in prison, sexual abuse of female inmates, violence in prison and other prison circumstances and practices that she herself experienced or to which she was a first-hand witness. ... Watch video

Witness Statement of Rebin Rahmani: A Kurdish Activist

In this witness statement, Rebin Rahmani—a Kurdish rights activist—discusses his activism at university in Iran, including his research on the problems of drug addiction, AIDS and prostitution in Kermanshah. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Eghbal Moradi

(8 January 2013) – In recent days, there has been renewed concern that the implementation of the death sentences for Zanyar and Loghman Moradi, two ethnic Kurds on death row since December 2010, may be imminent. ... Read more

Dr. Ahmed Shaheed presents report on situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran to Third Committee of General Assembly member states react

26 October 2012 --          Member states welcome Dr. Ahmed Shaheed's latest report, criticize challenges placed in his way by not being permitted to travel freely in ... Read more

Arrest of Saeed Shirzad, a children’s rights activist, while aiding earthquake victims in East Azerbaijan

(23 August 2012) – According to reports obtained by the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC), Saeed Shirzad, an ethnic Kurd and children’s rights ... Read more

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. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Kajal Sheikhmohammadi

In this witness statement, Kajal Sheikhmohammadi details the roughly five months she spent in detention while wounded and her subsequent interactions with the judge in her case. ... Read more

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