November 18, 2009
As you are well aware, the regime of Islamic Republic of Iran was founded on the basis of discrimination and apartheid and has continuously and systematically violated human rights since its inception in 1979. As a sectarian state, the regime of Islamic Republic has subjugated its dissidents to various forms of violence and mistreatment.
For more than 30 years, Iranians have been subject to the Islamic Republic’s practice of systematic violence and oppression; however, the events in the aftermath of the 10th round of the theocracy’s presidential election in July 12, 2009 clearly illustrated the violent and oppressive nature of the regime in Iran. The regime’s brutal crackdown following the mass protests resulted in the death and imprisonment of thousands of innocent people, many of whom faced most barbaric forms of torture and are still kept in prison.
The oppression and violence continues across the country; however, in Iranian Kurdistan, aside from the regime’s double and even triple layer of discrimination and inequality in the last three decades, the aggression and oppression have dramatically escalated recently. A large number of Kurdish political and civil activists have been sentenced to long prison terms, and many of these prisoners have been sentenced to death. The latest case of political execution in Iranian Kurdistan occurred on November 11, 2009, when the 27-year-old political activist Ehsan Fatahian was executed in the city of Sanandaj. There are many other prisoners who are awaiting their execution orders and many more have been executed in the last few years.
Iran’s national groups in general, and the Kurdish people in particular, are disappointed by the fact that the Western countries, EU and US in particular, in their efforts to persuade the regime in Tehran to halt its enrichment of uranium, are ignoring the Islamic Republic’s gross violations of human rights against it people. Due to this fact, the clerical regime’s perception is that, in the absence of international criticism to its violations of human rights, it can continue to imprison and execute political activists without any international objections, particularly Kurdish political activists; hence, the people of Iran expect from the United Nations to follow a path that will lead to the:
- halting the execution of more political prisoners.
-releasing of all prisoners of consciousness.
Your Excellency, we hope that you will take serious and urgent action to save the lives of prisoners of consciousness in Iran. Along with this letter, I am also attaching a list of Kurdish prisoners of consciousness that have either been sentenced to death and waiting their execution or spending their lengthy unjust prison terms.
Secretary-general of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan