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fredag 18 juli 2014

Iranian Kurdistan News in brief

Iranian Kurdistan News in brief 
Mariwan - Mehabad - Sanandaj (Sne) - Baneh - Saqiz - Paweh- Kermanshan - Urmiyê (Orumiye), Nowsud, Sardasht, Bokan, Paweh [Eastern Kurdistan, Iranian Kurdistan]

Arrests of Kurds in Iranian Kurdistan continues

Sne: Four Kurds, Khaled Malaki, Abdol Karim Karimi, Ali and Abdol Hadi, were arrested by security forces in the Kurdish city of Sne (Sanandaj) in Iranian Kurdistan region (Rojhelat) last week. According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the families of the men were reportedly not informed that they had been arrested until they visited the Ministry of Intelligence in Sanandaj after growing increasingly concerned about the men’s whereabouts. The Ministry of Intelligence finally admitted that it had arrested the men, but refused to give the families any information about why the men had been detained. One of the men, Khaled Malaki, is the brother of Taleb Malaki, a Sunni prisoner awaiting execution in Karaj’s notorious Rajai Shahr Prison. Khaled Malaki had reportedly been previously threatened by the Ministry of Intelligence in Sanandaj after travelling to Tehran with several family members to investigate the current status of the prisoners’ cases.


The Ministry of Intelligence told the families that the consequence would be ‘very bad for both you and your children’, if they did not stop their work in relation to the prisoners. Khaled Malaki had again visited the Supreme Court in Tehran last week before being arrested after noon prayers the day after he returned to Sanandaj. |

34 days of hunger strike for four Kurdish prisoners awaiting execution

The condition of four Kurdish prisoners awaiting execution in Iran is deteriorating after 34 days on hunger strike. According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Molayee, Jahangir Dehghani and Jamshed Dehghani began their hunger strike on June 14, 2014 after they were transferred to Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj in order for their execution to be carried out. The men are still being held in solitary confinement in Ward 1 of the prison and are reportedly still being forced to wear ‘execution clothes’; special clothing for prisoners who are about to be executed. The men, who have been on hunger strike for the past 34 days in protest at their imminent executions, are suffering from low blood pressure and have fainted on a number of occasions. They are also suffering from abdominal and kidney pain, and two of the men, Jamshed Dehghani and Hamed Ahmadi, have bleeding from the stomach and blood in their urine. According to reports, their executions were postponed once again following widespread attention to the cases and pressure from human rights organisations. The men are still in danger of execution, and there is concern that their execution may be carried out after the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

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