The Foundation for Democracy in Iran is concerned over recentreports from Iranian Kurdistan regarding the execution of 10 Kurdsand the arrest of at least 26 others.
According to the opposition Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan(DPIK), 10 Kurdish political prisoners accused by the regime of beingDPIK supporters were executed or died under torture in lateSeptember.
Six of the prisoners, Kurdish villagers from northwestern Iran,were executed by firing squad after a year of detention in Orumiyehprison, the group said. Three others died under torture. The tenth, aKurdish villager identified as Rashid Abubakri, was hanged on Sept.21, also in Orumiyeh prison. All were detained and executed on thegrounds they were supporters of a banned political oppositiongroup.
In early October, the Iranian press reported that 345 persons hadbeen arrested in Orumiyeh district at the same time as the allegedDPIK sympathizers were executed. On October 7, 1995, the DPIKreleased the names of 26 Kurdish civilians it claims have beenarrested over the past two months in the Orumiyeh and Salmas regionsin northwestern Iran, on charges of cooperating with a bannedpolitical opposition group. Those arrested were identified asfollows:
1. Asgar Darbazi, son of Omar, native of the village ofBarazi.
2. Aziz Hayavani, son of Shino, native of the village ofBarazi.
3. Pros Azizi, son of Hussein, native of the village ofBarazi.
4. Dino Ibrahimi, son of Saleh, native of the village ofBarazi.
5. Salahaddin Faghapur, son of Issa, native of the village ofBarazi.
6. Ghamar Mirazai, son of Timur, native of the village ofDostan.
7. Saleh Amini, son of Khaled, native of the village of Gozek.
8. Yunes Amini, his son, born in the same village.
9. Naji Mohammadi, son of Mohammad, native of the village ofGozek.
10. Omar Mohammadi, son of Timur, native of the village ofGozek.
11. Doctor Shirvan, son of Mostafa, native of the village ofHarakian.
12. Sadigh Alizadeh, son of Abubakr, native of the village ofHaraklan.
13. Afshar Laal, son of Abdul Rahman, native of the village ofKalarash-Sofla.
14. Shafigh Hakkari, son of Reza, native of the village ofKalarash-Sofla.
15. Bakra Hakkari, son of Sultan, native of the village ofKalarash-Sofla.
16. Taghsim Mirzai, son of Mirza, native of the village ofTarikan.
17. Nuraddeen Taheri, son of Jahanghir, native of the village ofTarikan.
18. Farhad Zareh, son of Sayda, native of the village ofSharvani.
19. Tajaddeen Faghazadeh, son of Sadigh, native of the villageof Sharvani.
20. Nasser Zareh, son of Mullah Sultan, native of the village ofSharvani.
21. Majid Husseini, son of Mullah Sayed, native of the villageof Sharvani.
22. Nosrat Hassanzadeh, son of Khaled, native of the village ofSharvani.
23. Faysal Zareh, son of Tamo, native of the village ofSharvani.
24. Sadigh Majidi, son of Mamo, native of the village ofHamamlar.
25. Zaher Ahmadi, native of the village of Koran.
26. Ahmad Sultani, son of Ameh, native of the village ofIslamabad.
The Foundation condemns the execution of individuals for theirpolitical beliefs, and calls on the UN Rapporteur for Human Rights toinvestigate these reports. The Foundation further condemns the recentround-ups of Kurdish civilians by the Iranian authorities as a clearattempt to intimidate citizens from the legitimate non-violentexpression of their political beliefs.
The Foundation for Democracy in Iran is a private,non-profit corporation registered in the State of Maryland.Contact: Kenneth R. Timmerman, Executive Director (email@example.com).FDI materials, including the FDI Newswire, are availablefree-of-charge via the Internet at http://www.iran.org/.