Petition to António Guterres
Solidarity with Kurds: Iran’s Political Opponents Under Deadly Attacks

Tehran Province, IR
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The Islamic Republic of Iran is waging a new wave of ruthless attacks against its political opponents within and beyond its borders. This weekend, Iranian authorities executed six young Iranian Kurdish men. Ramin Hussain Panahi, Zaniar Moradi, Loghman Moradi, Ahmad Shabab, Naser Azizi, Kamal Ahmadnezhad were all sentenced to death after a grossly unfair trial and amid serious torture.

On the same day, Iran launched a missile attack striking both Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan’s headquarter and refugee camp near Koya, killing at least 17 people and wounding scores more. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has confirmed its forces fired seven short-range surface-to-surface missiles to exterminate its opponents beyond its borders in Iraq. These recent events are the last in a long and an unbroken chain of bombing, assassination, execution and unlawful detention of Kurdish opposition by the Iranian regime

The recent executions and missiles attacks, in blatant breach of internarial law, constitute a dangerous escalation of Iranian regime’s campaign of repression and intimidation of its Kurdish opposition.

In the face of domestic and international pressures, the Iranian regime has brought sizeable modern missiles and weaponry to the Haji Omaran, and Marivan borders crossings. The concentration of military apparatus at Iraq border at this moment of time points to Iranian regime’s intentions to continue its aggression far beyond the borders and deep into Kurdistan Regions of Iraq.

In recent years, the central government of Iraq, and the regional government of Kurdistan have proven to be incapable of stopping the occasional terrorist activities of the Iranian regime against Iranian oppositionists inside Iraq.

We therefore urge your excellency to take concrete steps to protect members of Kurdish political parties and their families in Kurdistan Federal Region of Iraq.

September 12, 2018
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United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres
Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is shelling Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) border areas, where the bases of Kurdish opposition parties are located. IRGC heavily stroke the headquarters of the Iranian-Kurdish Democratic Party on Saturday morning in Koya, killing 17 and wounding 40 others. We call for international solidarity with Kurdish political parties and their families. We call for the protection of political parties, civilian lives, guarantees of freedom of assembly and their rights to resist. We therefore urge your excellency to take concrete steps to protect members of Kurdish political parties and their families in Kurdistan Federal Region of Iraq.

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