Friday, May 14, 2010

Kurds in Turkey protest against the execution of Kurdish political prisoners in Iran

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The statement of Kurdish PEN Centre Regarding execution of 5 political prisoners in Iran

The statement of

Kurdish PEN Centre

 regarding the execution of the patriot intellectuals of Kurdistan

in Eastern part of our homeland


We at the Kurdish PEN Centre believe that the killing and execution of freedom loving intellectuals who follow a peaceful path to practice their rights is a horrific act very far from the principles of humanity.


According to the known international standards such acts can only be committed by totalitarian oppressive regimes.


The execution of five heroic Kurdish freedom loving individuals by the Iranian regime has caused another shock to the world's public opinion.


Ferzad Kemanger was a teacher in villages of East Kurdistan, passionately teaching his community's children how to read and write. His love to humanity was endless and without prejudice.

He was a teacher, journalist, and a wise short story writer who was using a beautiful simple language for the awareness of his peoples and readers.


Elî Heyderiyan, Ferhad Wekîlî, Şirîn Elemhulî Atêşga and Mêhdi Islamyan, each and every one of them was serving their community peacefully in their own ways. They had a humanitarian manifesto while being social activists.  


We appeal to the Iranian officials, to end these horrific acts against the Kurdish people, for we believe the solution to the Kurdish cause peacefully and via dialogue is the best democratic way, which is the only way to change the situation for all the people in the region and to bring peace to their lives.


Let the dictators have lessons from history and remember the fate of the dictators such as Hitler, Mussolini, Nero, Saddam Husein and other criminals.

The Kurdish PEN Centre strongly condemns the execution of the Kurdish intellectuals and freedom loving patriots and reminds the world that those heroes have followed others with their sacrifices to pave the way to peace and freedom.


Kurdish PEN Centre


Monday, May 10, 2010


Society for Human Rights in Iran-Southern California


May 10, 2010

Once again Iranian court upheld death sentences for 5 political activists, 4 men and one woman. These prisoners of conscience who were executed in Evin prison on May 9th, 2010 were:

Ms. Shirin Alam-Hooli

Farzad Kamangar
Ali Heydariyan
Farhad Vakili
Mehdi Eslamiyan

Shirin Alam Hooli, the young woman who was executed had appealed her sentence, but no judgment was rendered. The attorneys of these prisoners were not informed of the judgment and the phone of the notorious Evin Prison was disconnected prior to the executions. This is an alarming act and it is done with the intention to create a state of fear and intimidation a month away from the disputed Iranian election on June 12th. The election which was followed by mass demonstration and the widespread opposition of Iranian people. The surge in executions in the last 11months is an indication that the Iranian authorities are using the death penalty to silence political dissidents.

The execution of these prisoners of conscience brings the chilling memories of execution of activists, especially Kurdish activists in the early years of the establishment of Islamic Republic of Iran and once again opens the wounds of the massacre of Iranian political prisoners during 1980s. These harsh violations of basic human rights and execution will only amplify the demand of Iranian people to end death penalty and free all political prisoners.

The Society of human rights in Iran-Southern California expresses it's deep condolences to the families of these political activists and calling on the International community at large United Nations Secretary General, UN Security Council and High Commissioner for Human Rights to hold Iranian government accountable for these crimes against humanity and condemn this latest hideous act.