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Komala and UNPO jointly paid a visit to the European Parliament in Brussels and to discuss the urgent human rights issues in Iran.

Komala and UNPO jointly paid a visit to the European Parliament in Brussels and to discuss the urgent human rights issues in Iran.

On the 22nd of November, Komala and UNPO jointly paid a visit to the European Parliament in Brussels and to discuss the urgent human rights issues in Iran. Meetings were held with members or assistant of members of the Iranian delegation, the Human Rights Subcommittee and Foreign Affairs. We met with MEP Jytte Guteland, Zsuzsanna Ferency, Franseco Agnello and Damiano Zoffoli to discuss how the earthquake affected the region and under what severe conditions victims of the earthquake have to live. Furthermore, it was discussed that there is an urgent need for action, as victims are freezing to death because of the cold and foreign access to supply aid such as food, water and medicines are being denied by the Iranian government. Furthermore, the case of Ramin and his immanent death sentence was discussed to inform them about the case and request for their assistance and the overall human rights violations against minorities in Iran.

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November 25, 2017 Comments are off admin
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In the earthquake area, the Iranian government decided to call back Artesh and to replace them with Sepah,

On Sunday 21 November at 21:48 a tremendous earthquake took place 30 kilometers northwest of Sar-e-Pul Zahab and 32 kilometers southwest of Halabja, felt by about 150 million people. Approximately more than  2000 people found death as a result. The exact amount of casualties is still unknown however, since many still have to be removed from the rubble.

Right befor the earthquake took place, ambulances with medical assistance were send to Karbala, a Shiite city in Iraq, instead of helping out Iranian Kurdish civilians. Therefore, there were no medical facilities for the victims in Iran. The villages that were destroyed because of the earthquake were meant for low income employees and it were these people, the poorest amongst the populations, that were therefore struck the hardest.

One day after the earthquake, clothing, food and other aid was provided in the Kurdistan area. The next day however, the government decided to control the popular highways to stop the aid cars from handing over aid to the victims. The government furthermore even prevents foreign aid. Doctors Without Borders has repeatedly requested the Iranian government to let them in from the Iraqi border, but the government won’t allow them to. Even journalists are denied access into the area.

Self-made tents are severely damaged by the rain and several have collapsed. The past week, people have even frozen to death as a result of the cold and rain. Therefore, it is extremely important to take immediate action, as survivors of the earthquake are getting more and more ill. The social media show a very bad situation in the area. Right after the earth quake Artesh, the army of the Iranian government, helped to search for survivors of the earthquake under the rubble. Recently however, the Iranian government decided to call back Artesh and to replace them with Sepah, which resulted in military control of the area without any assistance in the search for victims or survivors of the earthquake.
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September 22, 2017 Comments are off admin
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Enforced Disappearances in Iran and the Assault on Fundamental Rights

Enforced Disappearances in Iran and the Assault on Fundamental Rights:

On Wednesday September 20, Komala’s representative Peshko Khosravi participated in a meeting in Geneva organized by the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NPRTT) in cooperation with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO).
Khosravi says that he wanted to “unmask the numbers and statistics behind the Iranian regimes systematic use of enforced disappearances as a weapon of mass destruction against political dissidents and their families” by introducing the audience to the local stories and fates of some of his own family members and their neighbors who were subjected to enforced disappearances, torture, forced displacements and executions. “The logic in abducting innocent teenage girls or displacing and impoverishing old people was simple”, Khosravi stressed, “it was solely to punish my father and his two brothers for their political activism that they abducted their younger sisters and inflicted unspeakable horrors upon them while forcibly displacing their old parents far away from their home to a camp in the other end of Iran.”
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September 17, 2017 Comments are off admin
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Komala attended the annual congress of social Democratic Party of Denmark

Komala attended the annual congress of social Democratic Party of Denmark.

During the days of 16 and 17 of September annual congress of social democratic party of Denmark have been hold in Aalborg city of Denmark which Komala party members actively have attended the congress.

After the congress opened formally and programs went as planned, Komala members Marike Bakker and Awat Quraishi by expressing some questions about issues of Kurds and explaining how the negative roles of Islamic republic of Iran is making the issue worse, participated the international guests meeting of the congress International guests meeting and the debate part of the congress including ambassadors of different countries and political parties delegations and also former energy minister of Denmark and international spokesman of social democratic party of Denmark, in an international atmosphere toke place.
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September 9, 2017 Comments are off admin
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Ongoing protests in the Kurdistan region against the killing of two more kolber workers.

Over the past few days, several demonstrations took place in the Kurdistan area of Iran, leading to several injured and detained by the Iranian regime. Demonstrations started on September 4, 2017 after two kolber workers, Kader Bahrami (41) and Haider Faraji (21), were killed near the Iraqi-Iranian border for smuggling small goods.
On September 5, residents of Baneh demonstrated against the killing of Kader and Haider and Iran’s human rights violations by closing down their shops and taking the streets. Iran’s regime however forced them to stop these protests after which residents of Sanandaj decided to take the streets and close down their shops as well and on September 7 to show their support. Government forces responded by using tear gas to disperse these protest and by arresting dozens of Kurds. Currently, demonstrations are ongoing in the Kurdish provinces.
 
Iran has seen many changes over the past few years, many of which were welcomed by Iranians as well as international powers, assuming that the nuclear deal and the appointment of president Rohani would result in important political changes within Iran. One of these assumptions was that Iran would become more open and tolerant, which in the longer run would result in a decrease in human rights abuses.
Unfortunately, 5 years after the appointment of president Rohani and 3 year after the nuclear deal, it is fair to state that human rights abuses in Iran have increased significantly. While many of you might know this, only few are aware of the extreme extend of these human rights abuses by the Iranian regime within the Kurdistan area, the North-Western part of Iran.
Every week, several unarmed Kurdish kolber workers and their horses are killed by Iranian soldiers for smuggling small goods at the Iranian border crossing near neighboring Iraqi and Turkish Kurdish regions, leading to over a hundred deaths a year. Many of those that are not directly killed are left to bleed to death or are denied medical access after being detained. In some cases, families even have to pay for the bullets that killed their family member or family members are left with no other option then to pay ransom in order to receive the body of their loved one back.
Although kolber workers, which stands for ‘back delivery’, are well aware of the dangers they face, the Iranian regime leaves them with no other option then to smuggle small goods. This is the direct result of the discriminatory economic policies imposed on the Kurdistan areas of Iran. The Kurdish population has relied on agriculture as a source of revenue, which has been affected detrimentally by government policies of laying land mines in agricultural fields and closing borders and land vital for the relocation of livestock for agricultural production in the region.
Furthermore, the Kurdish region is economically underfunded and exploited by the central government. They receive a very small budget from the central government, which has resulted in the highest unemployment and suicide rate of Iran within this area.
The central government sees no interest in investing in the Kurdish area, leaving the Kurds in Iran economically deprived.
This is in direct contradiction to the Iranian constitution’s Article 48, which states that ‘there must be no discrimination among the various provinces with regard to the exploitation of natural resources, utilization of public revenues, and distribution of economic activities among the various provinces and regions of the country, thereby ensuring that every region has access to the necessary capital and facilities in accordance with its needs and capacity for growth’.
The institutionalized violence by the Iranian regime towards the Kurdish minority in Iran, which consists of 13 million Kurds, continues on a daily basis. To end this violence, we need the help of the international community to put an end to the human rights abuses towards these kolber workers and to abide by Article 48 of the Iranian Constitution.
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August 20, 2017 Comments are off admin
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Solidarity,

Solidarity,

We, Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan, want to convey our sincere condolences to the families of those killed in the deadly terrorist attack.

We stand in complete solidarity with Spain and those that had to suffer from this cowardly and cruel attack. There is no justification for such brutal actions that target innocent people.

We wish all the victims, relatives of the victims and the government of Spain all the best in these difficult times and stand by Spain in our joint fight against terrorism.

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July 24, 2017 Comments are off admin
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The latest information about Ramin Hussein Panahi

Despite the repeated pursuit of the family of Ramin Hussein Panahi, 30 days later, there is still no news about the fate of the political activist. Ramin Hussein Panahi was arrested and shot by IRGC troops on June 23. Along with his arrest the IRGC killed three other political activists. Ramin was transferred to an unknown location after bring shot and detained.
Despite the repeated pursuit of his family to Iran’s security agencies, there is no news about the fate of this political activist. Ramin Hussein Panahi’s parents even went to the Ministry of Intelligence and Revolutionary Guards centers, but so far, the two security agencies are not willing to respond.
Since the family had not heard anything from Iranian authorities on Ramin’s condition or whereabouts, the family responds by paying frequent visits to the authorities, although not the the IRGC or Ministry of Intelligence, to see If there is any news.
Ramin Hussein Panahi, a political activist and member of the Komala party, was shot and arrested by the IRGC forces on July 1 for wanting to inform Iranian on human rights issues. Right after his arrest the IRGC forces stopped by the house of his father to arrest Ramin’s family members.
On the same day, Ramin’s little brother, Afshin Hussein Panahi, was arrested, who is still underage. Security forced returned 3 days later, on July 4th, to arrest another brother of Ramin, Anwar Hossein Panahi, and arrested 4 other relatives on June 26th, namely Zbayr, Ahmad, Abbas and Keyvan Hussein Panahi. Anwar was released two days after his arrest on condition that he was not to return home, to Kurdistan, and is to stay in Tehran. Other detaines however are still in detention, including Ramin’s underage brother and there is no news about them either.

Now, Ramin Hussein Panahi’s family has send a letter to UN Human Rights Reporter for Iran, Ms. Asma Jahangir, informing her about their situation. Ramin’s family has been plagued by Iran’s security forces for the past 10 years.
Their family had to go through abusive arrests, killings, exiles and all kinds of physical and psychological abuses. In this letter they also wrote: ‘The bitter experience of repeated and frequent loss of family members, namely Ashraf, Sabah and Massoud Hussein Panahi,” and the physical and psychological injuries that Anwar Hossein Panahi had to undergo during his 7 years imprisonment are unforgettable for us.
Now we fear for Ramin, as he is at serious risk due to the severity of his injuries and history taught us that the torture carried out by the security agencies in Iran would be most likely of deadly consequence.’ Therefore, Ramin Hussein Panahi’s family calls on all international institutions, international organizations as well as reporters to do everything within their power to free Ramin and by doing so, save his life.
On June 24, Amnesty International, headquartered in London, read out the publication of Ramin’s detention and that of his family members as “compulsory disappearance” and called for the disclosure of their fate and their place of detention as well as clarity regarding the medical condition of Ramin Hussein Panahi, who was wounded in arrest.
The organization urged Iranian authorities to release the other people arrested simply because of their family relationship with Ramin Hussein Panahi as soon as possible.

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July 4, 2017 Comments are off admin
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Komala member shot and detained by Iran – denied medical access

On June 23, one of our members, Ramin Hossein Panahi, was shot by Iranian soldiers in Sanandaj, Iran, after which he was arrested. He has been held captive since. After his arrest, family members of Ramin were imprisoned in Sanandaj prison. They have been released, but his family members are denied visitation rights and are even denied to leave their house. They also won’t receive any information regarding the medical status of Ramin or where he is being held captive.

Ramin was supposed to meet with Iranians to inform them about human rights issues but was shot and arrested and then transported to Tehran, the capital city. We, Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan, fear for his life. Iran often denies medical access to prisoners and does not abide by international standards. Therefore, we kindly request the international community to help us to pressure the Iranian government to inform his family of his whereabouts, grant him his right to a lawyer, and to abide by international standards regarding prisoners. Ramin is severely injured and in need of medical care immediately.

May 6, 2017 Comments are off admin
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Komala will hold it’s 15th congress on May 11th

On May 11th, Komala will organize it’s 15th congress in Kurdistan. The Kurdistan territory is enduring a state of full change in Iraq, Syria and Turkey, but in the past 5 decades, Kurdish Iranians have not witnessed any direct changes. As Iran is dealing with internal issues, Kurds will however play a pivotal role with regards to establishing democracy in Iran. Not only does a large portion of Iranians no longer believe in the Islamic Revolution, due to severe violations of human rights and disproportionate punishments, Iran’s economy is also on the break op collapse. The Spah, Iran’s military power, has caused an economic crisis due to corruption and fraud.

Since Iran’s internal problems make it all the more important to prepare society for change, our 15th congress will discuss our role in supporting the establishment of a democratic and solidary Iranian society within a panel discussion.

Furthermore, our congress will focus on, but will not be limited to:

– Democracy in the Middle East
– Our fight against terrorism
– Supporting women’s rights
– Human rights violations against Iranian Kurds
– establishing a unitary Kurdish platform
– The appointment of our new board.

Due to safety concerns we will not be able to host international guests. We hope that in the future we will be able to host a congress to which we can safely invite all our friends. For now, we would very much appreciate it if our sister parties and friends would enrich our congress by sending a message in which you express your solidarity and support to us as well as to all Iranian Kurds. You can send your message of support/solidarity to k.faramarzi@komala.org.

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March 27, 2017 Comments are off admin
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Komala became a member of the Progressive Alliance during the Berlin Convention on 12-13 March

On the 12th and 13th of March, Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan met with other Progressive Alliance members in Berlin during the Convention ‘Shaping our Future – For a World of Freedom, Justice & Solidarity’. During this Convention, the Progressive Alliance jointly elected the board for the upcoming two years, a coordinator was chosen and the guiding principles of the Progressive Alliance were adopted.

Furthermore, discussions were held on how to fight new authoritarianism, right-wing populist movements, how to deal with fake news, the challenges for peace and global cooperation and issues with regards to social justice and sustainability. Komala also sat down with several political parties to discuss the Kurdish issues and human rights abuses in Iran.

As Komala we are proud to be part of the Progressive Alliance, an alliance that works jointly on pivotal issues such as democracy, inclusiveness, freedom, social justice and human rights.

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