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Finnish Kurds condemn Iran’s suppressionof Kurdish protests

On 34th day of the uprising of the people of East Kurdistan, the Kurdish community in Finland organised an outsized demonstration protesting the Islamic republic of Iran.

The peaceful demonstration which started at 13.30 local time from the Helsinki railway station to the foreign ministry of Finland. A three person Kurdish delegation visited the representatives of the foreign ministry and informed them on the situation of Iranian Kurdistan. Demonstrators criticised the EU policy on the Kurdish issue and human rights situation in Iran and asked an active role from EU countries. On behalf of the demonstrators the delegation presented to the foreign ministry the below published statement:

We demand justice
We condemn all kinds of violence

We would like attract public opinion of Finland and the Government of Finland’s attention to the
current peaceful protests by civilian Kurds in Iran, and the atrocities of the Islamic Republic against them.

The people of the city of Mahabad closed their shops and did not attend offices, instead organizing a peaceful demonstration to protest the election of Mahmoud Ahmadi Nejad as the president of the Islamic Republic and to condemn the brutal killing of a young Kurd, Shwane Asfaram, on the 9th of July 2005, who was ill treated, pulled behind a car and killed under torture.

In these protests, the Islamic security guards opened fire on the peaceful demonstrations, which left numerous casualties, and a substantial number of demonstrators were detained, who are mistreated and tortured in detention. At least four of the detainees were killed under torture, whose bodies were handed over to their families.

Over last four weeks the cities of Kurdistan have been heavily suppressed and at least 20 people have been killed so far and dozens of people injured by the security forces. The condition of some of the wounded is critical. Hundreds of Kurdish people have been arrested and are facing humiliation and torture. In addition, the population suffered financially, as the businesses were stopped. Now, essential supplies are very limited.

The Kurdish people expected the civilized European democratic countries to take effective action against the atrocities of the Islamic Republic, who suppressed the peaceful demonstration and violated their basic human rights.

We believe that the silent policy of the European countries of the crimes of the Islamic Republic of Iran against the Kurdish people and other Iranian ethnic groups contradicts the very principles of democracy and human rights that the EU promotes and adhere to.

We call the Government of Finland, all international freedom fighters, human rights organisations, international press and journals, to take effective action against the atrocities of Islamic Republic of Iran, who suppressed the peaceful demonstrations and violated their basic human rights.

We therefore urge Finnish Government to pay attention to the following appeals:

1. An independent delegation to be sent to Iran to visit Iran and Kurdistan of Iran to investigate the recent events in Kurdistan

2. The regime of Iran to be condemned for her crimes against the Kurdish people during recent weeks.

3. The regime of Iran to be pressured in order to release all arrested people during last weeks in Kurdistan and their economic losses to be compensated

4. An inquiry by Iran into the current events leading to the killers and torturers of current events in Kurdistan under observation of the EC.

HELSINKI 11th August 2005

Participants of the 11th August demonstration

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