The Iranian regime has executed another Kurdish activist, two days after the execution of three young activists in Rajai prison in the Iranian city of Karaj.
Said Sinandji, the head of the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, told 7Dnews that the execution of Kamal Ahmad Nejad took place in Urmia city prison on Monday September 10th, after 4 years of detention.
Sinandji said the execution was carried out after Nejad was convicted of charges relating to membership of the opposition Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Iran. He said Nejad’s family had not been informed of the execution date.
According to Sinandji, Kamal Ahmad Nejad was a resident of the village of Kamishkuli in Mianduaau, and was arrested in the autumn of 2014 along with five other people (Milad Abbey, Said Sayhi, Suleiman Kurdi and Mustapha Taherzadeh Helmet Abdihi) on allegations of killing a militant with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The Iranian judiciary sentenced Nejad in the summer of 2015 to execution and the other five were handed 15-year prison sentences.
The Kurdistan Human Rights Association has documented four executions of detained Kurdish political activists and militants affiliated to the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Iran.
Sinandji said there were Peshmerga fighters with the opposition Kurdistan Democratic Party in Iran who were also executed. They had been “wounded during fighting with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, were arrested on the battleground and then executed.”
This indicates that Iran has executed prisoners of war, ignoring international conventions protecting prisoners of war.
"Since the beginning of this year, the association has documented the execution of 96 Kurds in Iran. The number is most likely to be higher because those are only the cases we were able to document," said Sinandji.
He added, "the death sentence against Ramin Banahi, Zaniar and Logman Muradi was not a final verdict, appeals were submitted to challenge the sentence. The Iranian regime in this instance has bypassed its own legislation. There were witnesses who said the two brothers did not kill the son of the Imam. The death sentence was a revenge "
Sinandji argues that the IRGC are the ones who implemented the execution sentence on Zeniar and Logman because they were transferred from prison to the premises of IRGC.
According to Sinandji, the authorities did not hand the remains of the three young men back to their families. The authorities initially asked the families to come to the capital to show them the graves of their sons, but later backtracked and asked the families to contact them in 10 days.
"The Iranian regime is capitalizing on the issue of detainees. They want to scare people who are thinking of protesting against the economic situation. It has always threatened to accelerate the execution of those sentenced to death in previous years. The two brothers Zaniar and Logman Muradi were sentenced to death in January 2010.”
Sinandji said the number of executions is rising every year. In 2016, 69 Kurdish detainees were executed, and the numbers have increased in 2017 and 2018.
Like other non-Persian peoples in Iran, the Kurds suffer from regime crackdowns ranging from executions to arrests, as well as a lack of recognition of their fundamental rights.
The Kurds have been struggling with consecutive Iranian regimes since the beginning of the last century to maintain their rights. The constitution passed by Khomeini's regime discriminated against then and promoted racism. Khomeini had issued a fatwa declaring Kurds as "infidels" and launched airstrikes against them.
The Revolutionary Guards have been working to shut down unrest in the Kurdish regions, and the judiciary has issued lengthy prison terms or even death sentences to many Kurdish activists.