In just a few weeks, it will be two years since the executions of four Kurdish activists shocked the international community. One of those executed was the teacher Farzad Kamangar whose plight had been the focus of international campaigning. In a report released on April 11 by The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC), the repression of the Kurdish-Iranian community and the targeting of Kurdish-Iranian activists is detailed. The organization’s 70-page report, “On the Margins: Arrest, Imprisonment and Execution of Kurdish Activists in Iran Today,” reveals a disturbing and shocking pattern of repression and violence by the Islamic Republic of Iran against its Kurdish community. (Click here for the full report.)
The May 2010 executions of four activists may have been shocking to the international community, but they were no surprise to the Kurdish community.