Call for a thorough investigation into the assassination of three Kurdish women activists in Paris

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Kurdish National Congress of North America (KNC-NA):

Call for a thorough investigation into the assassination of three Kurdish women activists in Paris

January 11, 2013

Los Angeles, CA – As members of the Kurdish National Congress of North America (KNC-NA) and the Kurdish Americans of southern California, we will hold a peaceful demonstration in protest to the recent political killing of three Kurdish women activists in Paris.

This protest will start on Monday, January 14, 2013 between the hours of 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM in front of Consulate General of France in 10390 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

3kurdish_women.jpgOn the evening of January 9, 2013, three Kurdish woman activists were shot in the head in execution-style in the office of the Kurdish Information Centre in Paris.

One of them, Sakine Cansız, was a founding member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and a key organizer of Kurdish women’s struggles. Fidan Doğan was a successful Kurdish diplomat and Paris representative of the Brussels-based Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) and Leyla Söylemez was a young woman involving in Kurdish youth activism in Europe. During his visit to the crime scene, the French Interior Minister said that the deaths were “without a doubt an execution.” He called it a “totally intolerable act.”

There have been negotiations peace talks between Mr. Abdullah Öcalan, the PKK’s leader who has been imprisoned in the Imrali Island since 1999 and the Turkish authorities toward peace- building.

Many Kurds and analysts view the murders of such magnitude as an attempt to derail peace negotiations. Peace dialogues between the PKK and the Turkish authorities are already fragile. If these murders remain unresolved, peace-building will be an all the more difficult task.

As Kurdish National Congress of North America (KNC-NA), we fully condemn these inhumane and cowardly murders. We demand the French authorities to do a full investigation and bring those responsible to justice as soon as possible.

Kurdish National Congress of North America

P.O.Box 50216, Irvine, CA 92619,

http://www.kncna.org

For Immediate Release Contact:

Luqman Barwari (805) 402-6440

 

About Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran(kacdhri)

Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran On November 2005 a group of Kurdish-Americans decided to organize a committee to work on Kurdish issues in Iran and to build a relationship among Iranian opposition groups toward democracy in Iran. The following points clarified a need for organizing and helping the Iranian political parties to come together and to start coordinating their efforts We considered that: 1. Iran is not a homogeneous ethnic society and formidable Iranian opposition parties are aligned with separate ethnic groups. 2. Persians are a minority who has been the dominating power since the end of WWI and all other minority groups have revolted at some point during the 20th century and continue to do so in this century. 3.Kurdish struggle for human rights and self-determination is the longest and most mature democratic national movement in Iran, the only one to have developed a constitution for a democratic society (The Republic of Kurdistan, Mahabad 1947). 4. We considered that any political opposition to the Islamic regime without the involvement of Turkmans, Baluoch, Azeri, Kurd and Arab groups would fail. 5. Almost all Persian nationalist parties have vowed to side with the Islamic regime to “fight” minority groups and democracy. Based on the above ideas and considerations, Kurdish Americans from Iran organized a Committee for Democracy on December 2005. “Kurdish American Committee for democracy in Iran” had a sense of obligation to take an active role in organizing the Iranian opposition groups by:

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