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Justice for the victims of genocide and prevention of further crimes against humanity
On the 60th anniversary of the Genocide Convention, which was adopted in Paris on December 9, 1948, CHAK wants to raise international awareness to the oppression, persecution and murder of Kurdish people in the occupied Kurdish areas of Turkey, Iran and Syria. The security situation for individuals, as well the community of Kurdish people, is critical, with negative factors promoted to worrying levels. Denial of Kurdish political and cultural rights in their homeland and the continuing internal conflict needs serious awareness from the international community.
Ignoring the oppression and persecution of Kurdish people in those countries makes the risk of genocide even greater. Kurds are naturally disturbed by international passivity regarding the security and national rights of their people. The murder of Kurdish human rights activists, politicians and journalists in Iran and the Iranian bombardment of the border villages have been wrongfully disregarded. Turkey´s violation of human rights of Kurds in Turkey and through the bombardment of border areas with forbidden weapons such as cluster weapons has gone practically unnoticed. Oppression and persecution of the Kurds in Syria, which denies minimal rights to the Kurds, is completely overlooked. The international community must act by accepting and supporting the political and cultural rights of Kurdish people in those countries. International passivity and neglect suggests the support to the non-democratic regimes in Turkey, Iran and Syria.
China, Iran and Jamaica go against trend on executions
China, Iran and Jamaica go against trend on executions
28 November 2008

The execution of a Chinese scientist on Friday is the latest in a series of executions that are going against the global trend towards a moratorium on the death penalty.

Wo Weihan, a 59-year-old medical scientist who was found guilty of spying for Taiwan, spent 30 minutes with his family on the day before his execution. It was the first time he had been allowed to see his loved ones since being moved to a prison hospital in March 2005.

"He was surprised and very happy to see us. Because he did not know about a looming execution, he was hopeful and did not leave any final words or will with our family," said his daughter Ran Chen.

Wo, who holds several patents for biomedical discoveries, was denied access to a lawyer for 10 months after his detention and sentenced to death after a closed trial in May 2007.

"We, the family, have not been granted the most fundamental and universal right of information about what was happening with our father. The execution was carried out in secrecy while we hoped. Not only was my father put to death, but also our hope in the Chinese justice system," said Wo's daughters.
Do not Execute Farzad Kamangar
Several human rights activists and bloggers warned that Farzad Kamangar, a teacher and trade unionist may be executed in the near future in Iran. Farzad Kamangar, who is from Kurdistan province in Iran, is accused of being affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

On February 25, the Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced Kamangar to death on charges of "endangering national security" and "enmity against God". Human rights watchdog Amnesty International[1] reported that in 2007 Iran made more use of the death penalty than any other country apart from China, executing 317 people during the year.
An eye for an eye" - Iran hands out gruesome punishment
Tehran, Iran, Nov. 27 – An Iranian court sentenced a man to be blinded with acid as punishment for blinding a woman several years ago, state-run press reported on Thursday.
The defendant, identified only by his first name Majid, 27, was sentenced by the court to be blinded in both eyes, the hard-line daily Quds wrote. It added that Majid was found guilty of blinding a woman identified as Ameneh Bahrami in 2004.
The phrase "an eye for an eye" is very stringently adhered to in Iran's Islamic law.
Iran's Islamic penal system regularly practices centuries-old sentences for petty crimes, such as amputation of limbs, eye gouging, stoning to death, and throwing prisoners off a cliff in a sac.
WHAT CAN WE DO !? - FARZAD KAMANGAR
... What do we call an urgent action appeal that's even more urgent?
This morning we received news that jailed Iranian teacher union activist Farzad Kamangar may be hanged within the next few hours. According to the Education International, he has been taken from his cell in Tehran's Evin prison in preparation for execution. The guards have told him he is about to be executed and they are making fun of him, calling him a martyr.
LabourStart's urgent action is now live, here:
http://www.labourstart.org/farzad
I'm writing to all of you -- the LabourStart correspondents -- to help us get the word out as never before. Please do the following today:
1. Send off your own message right now.
2. Pass on the web address above (http://www.labourstart.org/farzad) toeveryone you know who might support this campaign.
3. Make sure your union is mobilizing its members in their thousands to send off messages of protest today.
4. Involve teachers' unions in your country -- keep in mind that Farzad was a leader of the teachers union in Iran.
LabourStart will promote this campaign in the next few minutes to our mailing lists, but we need your help to get the word out very quickly.
We may only have a few hours left.

I know that I can count on your help. Thank you.
Fatemeh Haghighat-Pajouh (f) aged 37, mother of two.
TO: WARN coordinators: e-mail to:
(Or call Natasha Nummedal AI-USA on +1 202 246 1309 to arrange how to send a fax)

FROM: Rothna Begum
DATE: 26 November 2008
FAX: (44) (020) 7956 1157, Tel: (44) (020) 7413 5500

REQUEST FOR WARN ACTION
COMMENTS TO WARN CONTACTS:
This is a stop action to the WARN issued yesterday.
COUNTRY:
Iran
NAME(S):
Fatemeh Haghighat-Pajouh (f) aged 37, mother of two.
DETAILS OF SITUATION:
Fatemeh Haghighat-Pajouh was executed on 26 November 2008 along with nine men in Evin prison, Tehran. Fatemeh Haghighat-Pajouh’s lawyer learned of her imminent execution in a conversation with her only moments before her execution. Her execution was carried out without giving 48 hour prior notification to the lawyer, as required under Iranian law.

In a press report, her lawyer stated that he was told by a detainee who knows Fatemeh Haghighat-Pajouh that she had been summoned to the Office of Implementation of Sentences, the judicial institution responsible for arranging executions. Fatemeh Haghighat-Pajouh had also recently been transferred from Raja’i Shahr prison in Karaj, a city west of Tehran to Evin Prison in Tehran, and this caused her family and lawyer to fear that the move indicated that her execution may be imminent.

Fatemeh Haghighat-Pajouh was sentenced to death around 2002 for the murder of her husband and this verdict appears to have been upheld in 2004. As part of her defence, she alleged that her husband was a drug addict who had tried to rape her daughter from a previous marriage. She was around 14-16 years old at the time. Apparently he had previously told her that he had lost the girl in a gambling match.

Fatemeh Haghighat-Pajouh was granted a stay of execution on 12 October 2004 but this was later rescinded by the Supreme Court. The Head of the Judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, had stayed Fatemeh Haghighat-Pajouh's execution the night before her scheduled execution after reading a letter written to him by her daughter, entitled "Don’t render my hopes hopeless", in which she appealed for clemency for her mother. In 2006 however, Branch 2 of the Supreme Court had confirmed the death sentence and approved the execution against Fatemeh Haghighat-Pajouh. Fatemeh Haghighat-Pajouh during her time in detention had been transferred to cells for execution two or three times before.

Fatemeh Haghighat-Pajouh’s lawyer stated that all appeal measures had been exhausted, including the extraordinary appeal that is available following a Supreme Court verdict. The only way she could have been spared from execution was if the family of the person murdered accepted diyeh (financial compensation).

This year, according to information available to Amnesty International, Iran has executed at least 295 people, including seven juvenile offenders.

The family of the victim of a murder have the right either to insist on execution, or to pardon the person convicted of the murder and receive financial compensation. A person convicted of murder has no right to seek pardon or commutation from the state, in violation of Article 6(4) of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Iran is a state party.

Amnesty International recognizes governments’ rights and responsibility to bring to justice those suspected of criminal offences but opposes the death penalty as it is a violation of the right to life and by its very nature constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment

Many thanks to all who sent appeals. No further action is required from the WARN network.



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Rothna Begum
Research and Campaign Assistant
East Gulf Team
Amnesty International
International Secretariat
1 Easton Street
London
WC1X 0DW
Tel: 020 7413 5563
Demonstration against Polygamy in Suleymaniah
Various independent Kurdish Rightshave gathered in a initiative called25thof Novemberto stepup activities against a law that recently passed the Kurdish Parliament. Thislaw allows polygamy with some restrictions.
The25thofNovemberactivists have therefore called for a boycott of all Governmentalsponsored celebrations today. The Kurdish Regional Government has held a week ofconferences and activities against "Violence against Women" culminating today in a celebration which was attended by Prime Minister Narchewan Barzani. Barzanihas recently outraged secular Kurds with a statement that no Kurdish law should contradict Sharia.
Honorable President Elect Obama,
Kurdish National Congress of North America
P.O. Box 90823, Nashville, TN 37209
www.kncna.org
President Elect Barack Obama,
713 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
November 11, 2008

Honorable President Elect Obama,

The Kurdish National Congress would like to extend our best wishes and congratulations to you on becoming the 44th president of the U.S.
The true American dream was realized on November 4th when America decided to renew its commitment to the world and also to lead the world on another front by overcoming social and racial barriers. In the past America has been leading the world in science and technology. With your election America led the world on another front, and offered a new hope to the globe.
While we know that your campaign promises have included an exit from Iraq, we hope such an exit will not include the cynical abandonment the Kurds experienced twice in the past. In 1975, when Nixon's administration abandoned the Kurds in Iraq after supporting them against the Ba'athist regime, when asked by a reporter about this reversal of support, Kissinger made a callous statement which devastated the hopes of Kurdish society, by saying "one must not confuse the intelligence business with missionary work." In 1991, when first President Bush called upon the people of Iraq to rise against the tyranny of Saddam Hussein, the Kurds embraced his call and ended Saddam's tyrannical establishment in Kurdistan; they found themselves to be abandoned again and were left at the mercy of Saddam's revenge.
Should the US leave Iraq in the next couple of years, we ask you not to let history be repeated and leave the Kurds unprotected. Otherwise Iraq could revert to the tyranny of the majority which might result in the oppression of minority groups. Mr. Maliki's recent statement to change the Iraq's new Constitution to give the central government more power over regional governments is a clear intention to take Iraq back to the dark days of dictatorship. We urge you to remember that the Kurds have been the most loyal friends to the US in Iraq and ask that your administration remain committed to federalism in Iraq where the Kurds and other groups would have their national and democratic rights.
Kurds in other parts of Kurdistan also look up to American democracy and her commitment to protect human rights. In Iran, our people have been suffering unprecedented suppression by the Iranian mono-theocratic regime. Even Kurdish women and minors are persecuted and occasionally publicly executed. The Kurdish democratic movement in Iran also needs American support. Further, in Turkey, 20 million Kurds are routinely oppressed by the Turkish government. We believe America's "good Kurds, bad Kurds" policy has given the Turkish government a free hand to use this same policy as a pretext to oppress the so-called "bad Kurds." This situation has been allowed to fester through a series of successive US administrations. We hope that your administration will have a more principled approach vis-à-vis Turkey and the Kurds and encourage the Turks to recognize Kurdish democratic rights in Turkey and that Kurds and Turks should be equal before the law. In Syria there are more than two million Kurds. Many of them still do not have Syrian citizenship and they are referred to as 'unwanted guests' despite the fact that they are living on their ancestral lands.
We would like you to remember that the Kurdish people are the world's largest ethnic group without a state of their own. We have been politically divided by colonial and neocolonial policies of the past, even though we are geographically united. As a people we carry four different passports.
We ask that your vision for world peace and prosperity would include the Kurds. Further we ask you to encourage Turkey, Iran and Syria to cease their oppression of the Kurds and recognize their legitimate and democratic rights.

Sincerely,
Kirmanj Gundi
Kirmanj Gundi
President
An Embalmed Corpse of a King was discovered in Kurdistan-Iran
Kurdish National Congress of North America Inquiries: 403-200-6310

Contact: Brusk Reshvan

An Embalmed Corpse of a King was discovered in Kurdistan-Iran

(California, November 27, 2008). On November 19, 2008, six corpses were discovered in Kurdistan-Iran. Archeologists believe the corpses were buried some 3000 years ago. The corpses belonged to a king and five of his bodyguards, who were buried around him. According to a myth, they were buried around him to protect their king even in death. As the picture shows, the king was buried with jewelry and his crown. A fish plaque with ancient writings placed on his chest requires a scientific study by unbiased archeologists to come up with an authentic and undistorted translation of the historic message.
The king's picture shows a strong resemblance to the ones of the ancient pictures of the Medes emperors. Also, the geographical area where the corpses were discovered is situated at the heart of what was the Median Empire. Further, the burial timing ties the history to the era of the ancient Medes and their powerful and advanced empire.
Ironically, the Iranian officials have tried to trivialize this historic discovery and publically proclaimed that there was no king's corpse, but rather a 3000-year old skeleton. This flagrant denial reminds us of Iran's continuous policies to deflect and obliterate the history of the Kurds, who by many reliable historical sources are the direct descendants of the Medes. Therefore in order not to distort this ancient history, no Iranian-government appointed archeologist should be the sole source of the translation of the writings.
After the Median Empire became the Medo-Persian Empire in 550 BCE, the Medes' culture, way of governance, and language were adapted by the Persian rulers and the Medes remained in honor and positions in the empire. However, under King Darius things gradually changed and Persian rule increased. Ever since then, the Persian rulers, ancient and modern alike, have tried to misrepresent Kurdish history and portray the Kurdish culture as Iranian culture and the Kurdish language as a branch of the Persian language.
This recent Iranian effort to suppress the truth about the Kurdish history and civilization is clear evidence that the Persian rulers want to continue their ill-intended maneuver to maintain their ownership of Kurdish history and heritage.
Sadly enough, when the Persians inherited the great Median Empire and Medes' legacy, their rulers have been relentless in their efforts to keep the Kurdish descendants of the Medes oppressed. They even have been cooperating with other nations such as Iraq, Syria, and Turkey to subject the Kurds to the policies of assimilation and disappearance.
In the new century, when the world is more interdependent and more aware of our common humanity, Iran and other nations that subsumed and now control parts of Media/Kurdistan need to realize that a nation of more than 40 millions cannot and will not disappear off of the face of the earth. A day will come where the Kurds, who are the legitimate descendants of the Medes, will claim their rightful place in the civilized world and will continue to contribute to its enrichment.
Within one week: Two condemned to death, 5 killed by security forces and three more injured
The Revolutionary Court of Islamic Republic of Iran in Makoo condemned Fasih Yasamini and Rostam Arkia to death. The revolutionary court condemned Hossein Yasamini (father of Fasih Yasamini) to 2 years prison term and Fahim Rezazadeh to 15 years in jail. They were accused of having contact with Kurdish opposition groups and endangering the national security of the refgime.
In a separate act, the security forces opened fire on a group of people in the Oshnavieh region. As the result of the rampage shootings, at least 5 people were killed and 3 were injured, also among the dead a 16 years boy.
In Saghez the security forces started to break into peoples' residences without warrants. According to reliable sources, the security forces have also started to control and check the mobile device of people in check points. Also during the last week thousands of satellite dishes in Kurdish cities were confiscated and destroyed by security forces.
Since January 2008 at least 250 Kurdish NGO and political activist have been detained by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Over 58 people have been killed by security forces of Iran and at least 36 have been injured. During the last ten months at least 16 people have been killed or injured by land mine, that are being planted by the security forces of the regime.
Kurdistamedia News Agency (KNA
Assyrian Advocacy Group Meets German Interior Minister on Refugee Issue
Brussels (AINA) -- The Assyria Council of Europe, a Brussels based advocacy group, met on Wednesday with the parliamentary state secretary of the German ministry of interior, Mr Peter Altmaier, to discuss the problem of the Assyrian Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan.
German politicians have shown an interest in the suffering of the Iraqi refugees and the German minister of interior, Wolfgang Schäuble, initiated discussions among his European colleagues when he proposed the EU should concentrate on resettling Assyrian refugees because they are Christians.
The suggestion is not only controversial in Europe but also among the Assyrian leaders in Iraq. Both religious and political Assyrian leaders have spoken against any resettlement plans for Assyrians to the west.
"Europe cannot afford to accommodate the 2 million non-Muslim Iraqis," said Afram Yakoub of the Assyria Council of Europe. "Any resettlement will only make matters worse for the non-Muslims in general and break the spirit of those left. Instead of resettlement Europe should start to pay more attention to how it can help the Assyrians remain in Iraq."
The European foreign ministers are expected to make a decision on the resettlement of Iraqi refugees next week in Brussels during the meeting of the European Council.
DTP's Türk slams prison sentence demand for child protesters
Ahmet Türk, the leader of the Democratic Society Party (DTP), Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party, has lashed out at a prosecutor who demanded 23 years in prison for elementary school students participating in illegal demonstrations.

"What kind of a mindset is this? Is it the way you embrace the public? Will you win the people back by turning the whole country into a prison?" asked Türk, in an address during his party's parliamentary group meeting yesterday. Türk's remarks came in response to an indictment prepared by the Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor's Office that demanded 23 years in prison for six elementary school students between the ages of 13 and 14 for participation in illegal demonstrations and throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at the police three weeks ago, during protests of the prime minister's visit to the predominantly Kurdish Southeast.
"These children grow up under the shadow of guns and tanks. Were you able to find and punish the perpetrators of the Şemdinli attack [on a bookstore in eastern Hakkari in 2005]? Is this your justice, esteemed prime minister?" Türk went on to ask.

Türk also criticized a recent verdict by the Supreme Court of Appeals punishing people who had participated in demonstrations held in support of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) as if they were PKK members.
"This verdict means that all individuals participating in democratic demonstrations will be punished on charges of membership in a terrorist organization. It seems that they [the government] will soon set up courts in the streets and judge millions of people," he remarked.


19.11.2008
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TURKEY : Displaced villagers denied fair compensation
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
TURKEY : Displaced villagers denied fair compensation
A compensation process to benefit the displaced has now become a way to relieve the state of its liability. The derisory sums offered are not only unjust, but they also undermine any possibility for the villagers to rebuild their lives.
Holly Cartner Director Europe and Central Asia division
Compensation Law’s Promise Unfulfilled as Provincial Officials Apply Unjust Criteria
Despite its compensation law, the Turkish government is failing to provide fair compensation for hundreds of thousands of mainly Kurdish villagers displaced by the military’s brutal counterinsurgency campaigns in the southeast, Human Rights Watch said in a briefing paper released today.
genocide suspect in Dutch courtBy Thijs Bouwknegt

Dutch prosecutors are demanding a life sentence for a Rwandan ex-militiaman accused of raping and killing ethnic Tutsis during the 1994 genocide in his homeland. "The crimes were gruesome and beyond imagination," the prosecutor said on Tuesday. A verdict is expected by the end of November.
"This is a grievous violation of human rights that requires a heavy penalty," prosecutor Hesther Van Bruggen told a panel of judges in The Hague district court, where Joseph Mpambara faces five counts of war crimes. Mpambara, who denies the charges, had shown "contempt for human values and shocking sadism," Van Bruggen said.
Killing Tutsis
Born in 1968, Joseph Mpambara sought asylum in the Netherlands in 1998, but his request was denied. Instead, Dutch authorities launched a criminal investigation and arrested him in 2006.
After the 1994 genocide he fled Rwanda where he was a member of the notorious Interahamwe, a militia of extremist ethnic Hutus who spearheaded the 100-day bloodbath, in which around 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed. He is suspected of active participation in the massacre of a number of Tutsis in 1994.
The Dutch prosecutors say that Mpambara was involved in several attacks on Tutsis in Mugonero, in the Kibuye region in western Rwanda. He is believed to have ordered the killing of wounded Tutsi women and children transported by an ambulance when it was stopped at a checkpoint. He is also accused of killing Tutsis who fled to the church complex of the Seventh-Day Adventists in Mugonero and the rape of four women, and the subsequent killing of three of them.
No genocide charges
Although Rwanda was the scene of a genocide, Mpambara is not being charged with what experts call the "crime of crimes." The prosecution had initially sought to try him for genocide, but the Dutch court of appeal found that the Dutch courts did not have the jurisdiction for such a case, and he was therefore charged with war crimes and torture instead.
WE WILL NOT FORGET OR LET FORGET THE DERSÝM GENOCIDE!!
It’s the 70th anniversary of the Dersim Genocide. Although 70 years have passed since the genocide by the Turkish Government in Dersim in 1937-38, this massacre has never been forgotten nor will it be forgotten as the culprits have not been brought out into light. Dersim massacre started with the Turkish Republic regime presenting Dersim as a target by stating “Dersim is a ‘Pandora’s Box’”.
First by means that aren’t very common the name of Dersim was changed to ‘Tunceli in 1935. In order to carry out this massacre, the Council of Ministers came together in Ankara on 4 May 1937 and formed ‘Tunceli Questioning Operation’ Council of Ministers and signed the half a page document classed as “Top Secret” which was the order for the Dersim massacre. According to the official figures 12 thousand people were massacred in the Dersim Genocide. According to the people of Dersim 70 thousand people were massacred. After this atrocious act thousand of people were banished from their homeland. On 16 November 1937, Seyit Riza who was one of the Kurdish leaders and seven of his comrades were hanged in Elazýð. Despite all attempts by the families, the grave sites of Seyit Riza and his comrades still haven’t been disclosed.
Dersim Genocide is not the only genocide the Republican Turkey has committed towards Kurds and Alevis. During the reign of the Ottoman emperor Ahmet I. between 9 December 1606 and 5 August 1611, the “fire wells” of ‘Murat Pasha the Well digger’ who had murdered almost 100 thousand Kurdish Kizilbash Alevis, are still remembered by many. The problem Yavuz Sultan Selim couldn’t solve in 1514 by murdering 40 thousand people by sword was attempted to be solved during 1935-1938 in Dersim once again by a massacre.
The 1938 tragedy has not only left behind the dead, the wounded and banishments, it has left behind a depopulated region whose name and all presence has been banned. The Dersim Kurds has faced a planned, systematic genocide and an extremely cruel assimilation process because of their; identity, language, culture and religious beliefs. The “one language and one nation” policy of the Republic of Turkey that continues in today’s society as been the source of serious massacres first in Kocgiri, then at Seyh Said Revolt, at Zilan and at Dersim.
During the Dersim Genocide the Turkish government has massacred thousands of people, those who survived were banished, Dersim was depopulated. The cause of these merciless acts was being Kurdish, Alevi and Kizilbash. Although 70 years have passed, Turkey is not willing to acknowledge this Genocide like many other Kurdish Genocides. Those responsible for the deaths of thousands of people have never been tried nor have they been brought out into light. The broken families could never discover their past. Thousands of people still haven’t received news from their families and close friends. The whereabouts of the Kurdish children taken by the Turkish Government at the time are unknown. Many other world counties who have had a similar experiences and committed genocide against its people have acknowledged the injustice and sorrow they have caused and have apologised. However Turkey is continuing to resist and use “it does not exist” strategy with the Kurdish Genocide just as they have with the Armenian Genocide.
Latin America called it “Making Peace”; the Japan called it “Leaving the past behind”; Italy had the “Cleaning Operation”; Austria took up “Nazi Cooperation”; Switzerland faced the “Nazi Accounts” and the “Nazi Gold”. Australia said “Sorry” to the Aborigines. Canada did the same for the Quebecois. South Africa put an end do the racist regime of Apartheid. This and similar examples prove that it is only possible to cleanse ourselves from the outworn traces and influences of the past by abandoning ‘denial’ and ‘destroying strategies’. As evident by these examples, the road to living together in peace goes through a democratic mentality transformation. However, Turkey has not abandoned its desire for massacre, which it uses as a government policy. Kurdish regions are still being bombed, villages are being emptied, people being murdered because of their identity and culture. To remind the world public of Dersim Genocide in its 70th year, we are organising the “Dersim ‘38 Conference” at the European Parliament on 13 November 2008. We will be there to face our history, to show that we have not forgotten nor will forget our ancestors and mothers who had been massacred.
We convey that the solution for our difference is not to kill or to die as it was the case in the Dersim Genocide and various other Kurdish Revolts, but to be seen as cultural richness. The solution for the Kurdish problem can be achieved not by denial or annihilation but by a peaceful approach. However, having a safe and secure future can be achieved if the government can face its past. Otherwise this pain and trauma will not end and it will not contribute to the solution to this problem. Armenians, Greeks, Kurds, Jews, Alevis-Kizilbashes, Syrians, Assyrians, all citizens of Turkey and those who were classed as “the other” are the real owners of this move for Turkey to accept its past. It is for this reason the Association of Reconstruction of Dersim is organising a conference regarding the Dersim ’38 Genocide at the EU Parliament with the left party acting as the host. We invite all EU counties, UN, civil public organisations and Kurdish people to show sympathy to this conference which will take place on 13 November 2008. ASSOCIATION of RECONSTRUCTION of DERSÝM MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
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FACT SHEET ON DENIED ENTRY TO TURKEY
In the spring of 1999, Mr. Jon Rud , a Norwegian lawyer, Chairman of the Norwegian Bar Human Rights Committee, was informed by the Turkish Embassy in Oslo that he had been declared an unwanted person in Turkey , and hence would not be permitted to enter Turkey .
Mr. Jon Rud , born in 1937, since 2000 a resident of Spain , has a longstanding engagement in human rights issues. Through his positions in various non-governmental organisations, e.g. as Chairman of Amnesty International (Norway) and member of the Norwegian Bar Human Rights Committee (since 1984), he has been involved in human rights activities relating to a large number of cases throughout the world, including as observer in political trials.
Jon Rud, a member of the EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) Refused Entry into Turkey
Jon Rud is a Norwegian human rights lawyer, and a member of the EUTCC. He was formerly Chairman of the Norwegian Bar Human Rights Committee and of Amnesty International in Norway . On 7 November this year, he was refused entry into Turkey . He had been invited by the Working Group on Justice of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (of which he is also a member) to a seminar in Istanbul .
In 1999, Mr. Rud was declared an “unwanted person” by the Turkish Government, following various speeches and media appearances, which were seen to be “hostile” to Turkey . Before arriving in Turkey , there had been contacts with the Turkish Ministry of thee Interior and with two Turkish Ambassadors, who had examined his case. Based on these contacts, Mr. Rud was led to believe that he would be allowed entry. However, upon arrival at the airport in Istanbul , he was stopped and put back on the next returning plane to Europe . The Turkish police told him that he would never be permitted entry into Turkey , without giving any reason for this drastic decision.
Esha Momeni, 28 (f), student
PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 13/165/08
11 November 2008

Further Information on 289/08 (MDE 13/155/2008, 21 October 2008) Arbitrary detention/Fear of torture or other ill-treatment

IRAN Esha Momeni, 28 (f), student

Esha Momeni was released from Tehran's Evin Prison on 10 November. Her bail of 2000 million rials (approximately US$ 200,000) was met by the deeds to her family’s apartment. According to the website www.mardomak.org, her father said that she was expected to appear in court on 11 November to face charges of 'acting against state security' and 'propaganda against the system'. He also said that she is not permitted to leave Iran, but hoped that she would be able to return soon to Los Angeles.
The DTP's political revolt in Turkey: Stolen generations
Many Kurdish people are sick and tired of the Turkish government's hypocritical policies and its blaming the Kurds for everything, but never accepting any responsibility for the Turkish dirty war and racist policies in southeastern Turkey. Not long ago Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir promising to boost social, political and economic development in the region and calling for projects of brotherhood. Also, Erdogan pointed out that if there is no confidence and no stability, there cannot be development, peace, and welfare. Why is Diyarbakir so important for the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and why is Erdogan trying everything to win the people of Diyarbakir in the upcoming election?
IRAN - Emadeddin Baghi (m) aged 46, human rights defender
PUBLIC
AI Index: MDE 13/164/2008
10 November 2008

Further Information on UA 130/08 (MDE 13/069/2008, 16 May 2008) and follow-up (MDE 13/131/2008, 2 September 2008) - Prisoner of conscience/ Medical concern

IRAN - Emadeddin Baghi (m) aged 46, human rights defender
Journalist and human rights defender, Emadeddin Baghi, was released on 5 October 2008, three days before completing the one year sentence he was serving. He had been granted temporary leave on 15 September on medical grounds in order to seek treatment for a back problem. Following a request by his doctor, Emadeddin Baghi's leave was extended until 5 October, when he also learned that he had been released.
PRESS CONFERENCE MEPs GUE/NGL Feleknas UCA and Helmuth MARKOV cordially invite you
PRESS CONFERENCE MEPs GUE/NGL Feleknas UCA and Helmuth MARKOV cordially invite you to a PRESS CONFERENCE "An Almost Forgotten Massacre: Dersim 1938 - And 70 Years After" Thursday, 13/11/08, 10:30 EP press room Speakers:

Songül Abdil Erol, Mayor of Tunceli, TurkeyŞerafettin Halis, Member of Turkish Parliament for Tunceli Süleyman Ateş, Vice President of the Dersim Association for Reconstruction Ferhat Tunç, Artist

In 1990 a book was published in Turkey that by its very title accused Turkey 's oneparty regime of the 1930s of having committed genocide in the Kurdish district of Dersim. The book was immediately banned and did not generate the debate its author, the sociologist Ismail Besikçi, had hoped for. The massacres with which Besikçi's book deals occurred in the course of Turkey 's pacification of the rebellious Kurdish district of Dersim (presently called Tunceli) in1937 and 1938. The events represent one of the blackest pages in the history of republican Turkey, gracefully passed over in silence or deliberately misrepresented by most historians, foreign as well as Turkish. According to the official figures 12 thousand people were massacred in the Dersim Genocide. According to the people of Dersim 70 thousand people were massacred. After this atrocious act thousand of people were banished from their homeland.



To remind the world public of Dersim Genocide in its 70th year, we are organising the “Dersim ‘38 Conference” at the European Parliament on 13 November 2008. We convey that the solution for our difference is not to kill or to die as it was the case in the Dersim Genocide and various other Kurdish Revolts, but to be seen as cultural richness. The solution for the Kurdish problem can be achieved not by denial or annihilation but by a peaceful approach. However, having a safe and secure future can be achieved if the government can face its past. Otherwise this pain and trauma will not end and it will not contribute to the solution to this problem.
Armenians, Greeks, Kurds, Jews, Alevis-Kizilbashes, Syrians, Assyrians, all citizens of Turkey and those who were classed as “the other” are the real owners of this move for Turkey to accept its past.

Press contact:Gianfranco Battistini Sonja Giese
News from the KNC Public Relations Committee
California. October 28, 2008. Despite the international calls to promote human rights and respect human dignity, the Iranian regime has been continuing its mono-religious sectarian policy of suppression against civil and non-violent movement in Iran. As a result thousands of innocent Iranians have been imprisoned, murdered, or forced to leave the country and live in Diaspora.
The Iranian regime, in its sectarianism, has developed a belief system that requires all to become blind followers, and allows no one to offer an idea outside of the regime's political spectrum. Thus, it would be a high risk for anyone to disagree with their theocratic political monopoly over Iran.
Lawsuit Seeks Information From US on Armenian Genocide
Posted GMT 11-10-2008 Los Angeles, California -- A civil action against the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States was filed yesterday seeking documents as they relate to the Armenian Genocide (1914 to 1925). (Vartkes Yeghiayan v. National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America, Case No. CV08-16248, U.S. District Court, Central District of Calif., Sept. 23, 2008).

"Repeated efforts have been made to procure these documents, but the National Archives has been non-responsive," says Mark MacCarley, partner with Glendale, Calif.-based MacCarley & Rosen who is representing plaintiff Vartkes Yeghiayan. "Its actions are in violation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)."

The initial request by Yeghiayan occurred in April 2006. "The National Archives acknowledged receipt of the request, but has not provided the information despite repeated inquires from my client," says MacCarley. "The National Archives, without explanation, has exceeded the generally applicable 20-day deadline for processing FOIA requests. We simply want the requested documentation."

Yeghiayan is an attorney who has successfully litigated lawsuits in State and Federal courts against U.S. and foreign businesses for Armenian Genocide asset restitution. More than 1.5 million Armenians were killed during the genocide with millions more deported from the Ottoman Empire (now Turkey). Yeghiayan filed the FOIA request because he believes documents are being held by the U.S. government that would identify countries having either direct complicity in the Armenian Genocide or profited by the Ottoman Turks actions against Armenians.

"This lawsuit is on behalf of Armenian-Americans who are seeking documentation and information that could shed light on what happened to their loved ones during the Armenian Genocide," says Yeghiayan.

Center for Armenian Remembrance
Turkish Journalist Kidnapped By Kurdish Forces in North Iraq
GMT 11-10-2008 7:54:58
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(AINA) -- Mr. Timor Beyatli is a Turkmen1 citizen who is employed by the Turkmeneli2 TV as a news reader at the Arabic section that broadcast from Kirkuk in Iraq.

On 5th of November 2008, Mr Timor Beyatli left the city of Kirkuk and drove to Erbil airport to catch his flight to Istanbul, where he had been invited to participate in a conference about Media and Journalism. Before boarding the airplane he made a call to his family in Turkey informing them that he was on his way to Istanbul and that he would contact them upon his arrival at Istanbul airport. When the plane landed in Istanbul Mr. Timor Beyatli was not among the passengers because he had been abducted just before he got on the plane at Erbil airport by the Kurdish security forces (known as the Asayish3), which belong to the Kurdish leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Massoud Barzani. Mr. Timor Beyatli was transferred from the airport to a prison in the city of Erbil for further investigation
"DERSIM 1938 - 70 Years After"
European parliament
"DERSIM 1938 - 70 Years After"
Hosted by Feleknas Uca & GUE / NGL EUROPEAN UNITED LEFT / NORDIC GREEN LEFT
in ASP O1G 03 - 13 November 2008 - 15:00 - 18:30
PROGRAMME
10:30-11:00 - Press Conference
Venue : PHS 0 A 050, Press Room
15:00-15:05 - Welcome and Opening Speech
Feleknas Uca, Member European Parliament
15:05-15:15 - Assimilation and Repression - The Subsequent Years
Haydar Isik, President of the Association of Reconstruction of DERSIM, Writer
The Heritage Transferred from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic:"Ideology of Uniformity"
15:15-15:35 From a Religious Community to a Nation: The Approach Towards Minorities Ayse Hür, Writer and Columnist, Istanbul
15:35-15:50 - The Armenians - Expelled from their Home. Differences and Similarities
Hilda Tchoboian, President of the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy, Belgium
15:50-16:00 - A Stream Drowned In Blood - Dersim 1938
Serafettin Halis, MP for Tunceli, Turkey
16:00-16:15 - The Dersim Genocide and the International Law Prof. Dr. Ronald Mönch, University of Bremen, Germany
16:15-16:25 Screening of a short Documentary
"The Others" in the European Accession Process of Turkey
16:25-16:35 Does Turkey fulfil the criteria for a EU Accession?
N.N., MEP
16:35-16:45 The Situation in Dersim from a Human Rights Perspective Hans Branscheidt, EU Turkey Civic Commission
16:45-18:20 Discussio
18:20-18:30 Closing Speech
Aysel Tugluk, MP for Diyarbakir, Turkey
18:30 Reception, Entrance of the Conference Room
The Welsh Language Society expresses its solidarity with the Kurdish language struggle
Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (The Welsh Language Society) expresses its solidarity with the Kurdish language struggle

At its Annual General Meeting held on 25 October in Aberystwyth Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (The Welsh Language Society) expressed its solidarity with the non-violent struggle to secure full language rights for the Kurdish people in Turkey.
Kurdish Human Rights Project
Telephone Michael Farquhar, Resources and Communications Coordinator or Kerim Yildiz, Executive Director at

6 November 2008 - Press Release: For immediate release
Iranian Court Confirms Jail Term for Kurdish Human Rights Activist
The Kurdish Human Rights Project (KHRP) condemns the decision of an Iranian appeals court to uphold an 11-year prison sentence against the Kurdish journalist and human rights activist Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand.
Kabudvand was reportedly given a ten-year sentence earlier this year for undermining state security by setting up a human rights organisation, as well as a further year for ‘propaganda against the system’. He had already apparently received a one-year suspended sentence in 2006 in connection with his journalism and human rights activism. The latest ruling is reported to have been handed down by appeals judges in Tehran in late October.
The former editor of the newspaper Payam-e Mardom-e Kurdestan (Message of the People of Kurdistan), which was earlier banned by the Iranian authorities, Kabudvand has been held in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison since his arrest in July last year. He is thought to be in ill-health and denied access to adequate medical care. He reportedly suffered a stroke in May, shortly before his original conviction, and is also said to have high blood pressure, kidney disease and prostate pains.
Kabduvand’s lawyer has said she will refer the case to the head of the Iranian judiciary, Ayatollah Hashemi Shahroudi, after which there would be no further scope for legal recourse.
‘This episode is illustrative of the determination of the Iranian authorities to stamp out dissenting voices and shut down legitimate debate about human rights, especially in instances where that ties in with expressions of Kurdish cultural identity,’ said KHRP Executive Director, Kerim Yildiz. ‘In the course of efforts to achieve this, the due process rights of individuals like Mr Kabudvand are trampled underfoot. Iran must instigate intensive reforms to ensure that all of its citizens are able to exercise their right to freedom of expression and can rely on receiving a fair hearing in instances where they are accused of overstepping legal boundaries.
Three political activist detained by Ettelaat
Kurdistanmedia.org Monday, November 03, 2008

Sanandaj – Kurdistan: Three Kurdish activists were detained by Ettelaat in Kamiaran and Salmas cities of Iranian Kurdistan. On Saturday November 1 Ettelaat detained Kurdish merchant Vahid Nabizadeh 25 in city of Salmas after his home was inspected by Ettelaat.
The security forces also detained Wiria Askandari and Diako two other activist in Kamiaran on Sunday November 2, 2008.
They were accused of supporting Kurdish political parties.
Since January 2008 at least 230 Kurdish NGO and political activist have been detained by the government of the Islamic republic of Iran. Over 58 people have been killed by security forces of Iran and at least 36 have injured. During the last ten months at least 16 people have been killed or injured by land mine, that are being planted by the security forces of regime.
Guest Editorial: The Iraqi Provincial Elections Law and the Terror Against the Assyrians in Mosul
GMT 11-4-2008 21:35:48
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(AINA) -- The various coalitions and/or slates in the Iraqi Parliament struggled for months to reach an understanding and consensus in regards to the Provincial Elections Law. The anticipated law would regulate the much-delayed Iraqi provincial elections. The voting patterns by the Arab (Shi'a or Sunni) and Kurdish slates in Iraqi Parliament reflected yet again the chauvinistic nature of those parties and groups. The voting process replicated as well that democracy and basic rights are yet to find a place in Iraq.
Guest Editorial: The Iraqi Provincial Elections Law and the Terror Against the Assyrians in Mosul
GMT 11-4-2008 21:35:48
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(AINA) -- The various coalitions and/or slates in the Iraqi Parliament struggled for months to reach an understanding and consensus in regards to the Provincial Elections Law. The anticipated law would regulate the much-delayed Iraqi provincial elections. The voting patterns by the Arab (Shi'a or Sunni) and Kurdish slates in Iraqi Parliament reflected yet again the chauvinistic nature of those parties and groups. The voting process replicated as well that democracy and basic rights are yet to find a place in Iraq.
Swedish Based Asssyrians Without Borders Expanding
GMT 11-4-2008 18:22:15
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(AINA) -- Assyrians Without Borders (AWB), an aid agency based in Sweden based, is expanding its operations to outside of Sweden. AWB recently introduced an English version of their website. The goal is to reach beyond Sweden in their fund raising activities. "With our English website, we actively want to reach out to Assyrian colonies in English-speaking countries," Said board member Ninib Baryawno. "We believe there is a need for the Assyrians in the West for a reliable alternative when they want to help their brothers and sisters in the home country."
AWB was established in 2006 after a trip to the Assyrian region of Tur Abdin, Turkey by a group of Assyrian academics, who saw the need to establish an aid agency to help Assyrians in the Middle East. Sweden is home to 80,000 Assyrians.
AWB has sent aid to 103 Assyrian families in the Nineveh Plain, Iraq this year, and helped tens of Assyrian families in Syria last year. AWB has adopted the village of Bsorino in Tur Abdin and has sent school supplies to the schools in the village.
AWB is a "90-account" organization, which under Swedish law means it is a bank account given only to aid organizations certified by the Swedish government. "90-account" organizations are subject to regular oversight and audits by the Swedish government. AWB is the only "90-account" Assyrian organization in Sweden.
ERDOGANS VISIT TO VAN UNDER MAJOR PROTEST
Kurdish Info 01.11.2008 Van shop owners and buisness's lead the mass protests against Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan by shutting down their shops.Mass protests broke out despite the security forces taking extreme measures in the city centre. Security forces attacked the protestors and as a result there are many injuries.
For days Kurdish civil society groups had warned that the people of Van saw Erdogan's visit as provocation and had asked him not to come.
The people of Van had stated that they had not forgotten the 5 youths that were killed by police officers after Erdogan had been put into office and neither the heavy handed treatment of the police against old women in the Newroz celebrations.
The people of Van see Erdogan as the Prime Minister of the West.
Police had attacked the protestors with gas bombs and bullets and there were heavy conflicts between the people and the police. As a result many injuries among the people are reported.
While Erdogan was making his speech many protests in which 10 vehicles were set alight were taking place in the city. Kurds protest Turkish prime minister's visit
November 2, 2008 - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish police are clashing with stone-throwing Kurdish demonstrators protesting a visit by Turkey's prime minister to the Kurdish-dominated southeast.
Dogan news agency video shows riot police firing tear-gas canisters to disperse hundreds of protesters in the southeastern city of Van, bordering Iran, on Saturday.
The protesters are chanting anti-government slogans and accuse Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of maintaining the military drive against Kurdish rebels who have recently escalated attacks.
Erdogan is visiting the southeast to urge the people to cooperate with the state in the fight against the Kurdish guerrillas, who have been fighting for autonomy in the region since 1984.
- Yezidis and their situation in Iraq and Kurdistan – PART 1
EuroKurd Human Rights
- October 2008, nr 4,
- Yezidis and their situation in Iraq and Kurdistan – PART 1

Homepage: www.eurokurd.net
E-mail: eurokurd@comhem.se

EuroKurd Human Rights

EuroKurd Human Rights is a non-profit organization working for human rights in Kurdistan. The organization is free from all political ideologies and economic interests.
The work is based on journalistic research work on the violation of these rights and international conventions governing rights.
Three political activist detained by Ettelaat
Sanandaj – Kurdistan: Three Kurdish activists were detained by Ettelaat in Kamiaran and Salmas cities of Iranian Kurdistan. On Saturday November 1 Ettelaat detained Kurdish merchant Vahid Nabizadeh 25 in city of Salmas after his home was inspected by Ettelaat.
The security forces also detained Wiria Askandari and Diako two other activist in Kamiaran on Sunday November 2, 2008.
They were accused of supporting Kurdish political parties.
Since January 2008 at least 230 Kurdish NGO and political activist have been detained by the government of the Islamic republic of Iran. Over 58 people have been killed by security forces of Iran and at least 36 have injured. During the last ten months at least 16 people have been killed or injured by land mine, that are being planted by the security forces of regime.
Iran upholds sentence against Kurdish activist
November 1, 2008
TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's appeals court has upheld an 11-year jail sentence against a prominent Kurdish human rights activist, his lawyer said Saturday.
Nasrin Sotudeh said the court ruled on Sept. 28 against her client, Mohammad Sadeq Kaboudvand, who has been convicted of acting against national security and propagating against the ruling Islamic establishment. Sotudeh was informed of the ruling on Oct. 18, she said.
Kaboudvand, a 47-year-old journalist who founded the non-governmental Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan in Iran's Kurdish region three years ago, has been held in Tehran's Evin prison since June 2007.
Sotudeh said Kaboudvand has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for setting up a human rights organization and one year for publicity against the government.
“This ruling is contrary to the provisions of the constitution,” Sotudeh told The Associated Press. “Setting up a human rights group is not considered a crime under Iran's constitution, let alone deserving such a harsh punishment.”
Sotudeh said the verdict was now considered final. She said she is planning to appeal to Iran's judiciary chief, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, to ask him to reopen the case.
“The harsh sentence is aimed at frightening human rights activists and warning them not to be involved in human rights activities,” she said.
In a separate case in 2005, Kaboudvand was sentenced to 18 months in jail over his critical writings, and the license of his local newspaper “Payam-e Mardom-e-Kordestan”, or Message of the Kurdistan People, was revoked by the authorities.
Sotudeh said the court later commuted the sentence to 6 months in jail and the ban on his paper was lifted, but he was detained before being able to reopen his newspaper.
Reporters Without Borders has called the national security charges against Kaboudvand “baseless.”
“This is just a clumsy pretext for silencing a journalist who had for a long time been writing about discrimination against minorities in Iran,” it said.
In clash between Syrian security forces and Kurdish demonstrators at least 200 people are detained
On morning Sunday November 2, 2008 prior to a Kurdish protest on parliament in Damascus, this was schedueled by the Kurdish Democratic Front in Syria and codrinating Committee and Higher Committee for the Kurdish Democratic Alliance in Syria to protest peacefully on the Decree 49, which was to deprive the Kurdish people right on own property and engage in other occupations without prior permission from the security authorities.
The Syrian security apparatus prevented the peaceful demonstration which was taking place on the parliament of the Syria. According to news received by Kurdistanmedia.org at least 200 people are detained by security forces. There were over 2000 demonstrators participating in the event. The following people are among detaines by security forces:

1 - Dr. Abdul Hakim Bashar secretary of the Central Committee of the Democratic Kurdish Party in Syria - Albarti
2 - Mohammed Ismail, a member of the political books in the Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria - Albarti
3 - Nasreddin Braheek member of the Political Bureau of the Democratic Kurdish Party in Syria - Albarti
4 - Abdel Karim Abu Lukman, a member of the Central Committee of the Democratic Kurdish Party in Syria - Albarti
5 - Hassan Saleh member of the Political Committee of the Kurdish party Yakiti
6 - in favor of Cdo deputy secretary of the leftist Kurdish party in Syria
7 - Hamid Hussein, a member of the Central Committee of the leftist Kurdish party
8 - Hassan Nawaf member of the Central Committee of the leftist Kurdish party
9 - Rashad Jdao members of the leftist Kurdish Party in Syria
10 - Mahmoud disabled members of the leftist Kurdish Party in Syria
11 - Mustafa Juma, a member of the Political Bureau of the Kurdish Azadi Party in Syria
12. fuwad Aliko, Secretart General, Union of Kurdish People in Syria,

Many others are still continuing campaign of arrests
The political bureau of the Democratic Kurdish Party in Syria ((Albarti))
2/11/2008
Rally for Assyrians in Iraq Held in England
Rally for Assyrians in Iraq Held in England

GMT 11-1-2008 20:4:48
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London -- A large number of Iraqis of all denominations, together with British citizens marched today to No. 10 Downing Street, London to submit a petition to the RH Prime Minister requesting Her Majesty's Government to act immediately to prevent further killings, persecution and eviction of the Iraqi Christians from Mosul and ultimately from Iraq.

The petition reads:

"We the undersigned petition the RH Prime Minister to demand from the Iraqi Government protection for Iraq's Christians, especially those who have recently fled the city of Mosul. We also ask for assistance for those who have fled, measures to ensure the safety of those who wish to return, and a full investigation into who is responsible for the murders."
An online petition has also been uploaded on the No.10 website.
Every British citizen or resident can sign the petition.
Iraqi Christians In Need
London: Kurdistani and Iraqi communities march in support of Christians in Mosul
London: Kurdistani and Iraqi communities march in support of Christians in Mosul
KurdishMedia.com - 31/10/2008 00:00:00
London (KurdishMedia.com) 31 October 2008: The Iraqis and Kurdistani communities in the UK are concerned over a wave of attacks on Christians in Mosul; and, in their support, they have organised a march to Downing Street on Saturday, the 1st of November.


They community have planned to deliver a petition to Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, urging the British government to act immediately to prevent further massacre, persecution and eviction of the Iraqi Christians in Mosul and other parts of Iraq.


Recent months have seen thousands of Christians flee city of Mosul in the wake of a string of murders. A high number of Christians and their families had taken refuge in Mosul from persecution in other parts of the country. Now they face persecutions in Mosul too.


Since late August, at least 14 Christians have been murdered, according to official reports. The victims have included a doctor, an engineer, two builders, two businessmen and a 15-year-old boy. They were all civilians and constitute no threat to any one.


About a third of Iraq's estimated 800,000 Christians are believed to have fled abroad since the invasion of 2003.


The march will begin at Whitehall Court, at the junction with Horseguards Avenue, at 12 midday and march along Whitehall to Downing Street.


For further information contact:

Ayad Kurukgy on 07785 294019 or e-mail akurukgy@aol.com

Adnan Kochar adnankochar@hotmail.com
Turkey: Governor threatens to deprive demonstrators and their families of health care
Amnesty International - Press Release

Reported plans by the governor of the southern Turkish province of Adana to cut health care from demonstrators and their families violate international standards, Amnesty International said today.

Demonstrations against the alleged ill-treatment of imprisoned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan have taken place across the southern and eastern provinces of Turkey since 17 October. There are continuing reports that the law enforcement response to the demonstrations, which were at times violent, has included excessive use of force and other forms of ill-treatment

“The authorities’ response to the demonstrations must be consistent with their human rights obligations and not involve collective punishment,” said Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International’s expert on Turkey.

Amnesty International has learnt that the Adana provincial authorities have started legal proceedings to withdraw so-called “green cards” from families of children who participated in these demonstrations.

“Green cards” allow the poorest families access health care and treatment. Reports also indicate that the authorities are taking steps to prevent the families of such children to receive assistance from the Social Assistance and Solidarity Foundation. This body provides coal to help poor families heat their homes in winter, among other forms of assistance.

“The steps to deprive children suspected of involvement in the demonstrations and their families of health care and other benefits are a form of collective punishment and violate the right of all persons to health and to an adequate standard of living, without discrimination,” Andrew Gardner said.

“Rather than violating human rights, the Turkish authorities should ensure that their responses to the demonstrations are consistent with their obligations to respect and protect the human rights of all persons within their territories.”

Such a response could include ensuring that the policing of the demonstrations is carried out in a manner that is consistent with international standards, including the use of force and firearms. Any cases against individuals alleged to have been involved in criminal conduct should be pursued through the criminal justice system in proceedings that meet international standards of fairness, particularly those set out in the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Iran: Intensification of repression of women’s rights activists
Iran: Intensification of repression of women’s rights activists

In a letter addressed to the Head of the Judiciary in Iran, Amnesty International deplored the latest arrest of a woman’s rights activist and the continuing harassment of others who were prevented from leaving the country. The organization called on the Iranian authorities to lift the travel bans and to end the harassment of women’s rights activists.

In recent weeks there has been a crackdown on members of the Campaign for Equality, a grass-roots initiative to end legal discrimination against women in Iran. The Campaign informs women of their rights, and is aiming to collect one million signatures from the Iranian public for a petition against discriminatory laws. Over the last weeks, the Iranian authorities have heightened their harassment of women’s rights activists and members of the Campaign for Equality and continued to threaten activists with imprisonment as a number have been summoned to court for their peaceful activities relating to the Campaign for Equality. The authorities have also increasingly resorted to the use of travel bans, in addition to arrests and prosecutions, to harass and disrupt the activities of women’s rights activists and other human rights defenders. Such travel bans are contrary to the freedom of movement enshrined in Article 12 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a state party. Travel bans have been imposed on Parvin Ardalan, Mansoureh Shoja’i and Tal’at Taqinia, all members of the women’s movement, and at least five other civil society activists.
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