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Attending a political discussion on Iran and U.S. Policy

Attending a political discussion on Iran and U.S. Policy
Honorable Tom Ridge; The First U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, former Pennsylvania Governor, and Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush.

And

Colonel Wesley Martin (ret.), Former Senior Antiterrorism, Force Protection Officer,. Coalition Forces – Iraq, Operations Chief, Task Force 134
، ديدارى با وزير سابق امنيت ملى امريكا ، آقاى تام ريج
ديداريك له گه ل وزيرى پيشوى ئاسايشى نيشتمانى ولاته يه كگرتوه كانى ئه مريكا
اين نشست با همت آقاى رى سابو برگزار شده بود

— with Tom Ridge in Irvine, California.

'‎Honorable Tom Ridge; The First U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, ديدارى با وزير سابق امنيت ملى امريكا ، آقاى تام ريج ديداريك له گه ل وزيرى پيشوى ئاسايشى نيشتمانى ولاته يه كگرتوه كانى ئه مريكا‎'
Azad Moradian's photo.

'‎Honorable  Tom Ridge; The  First U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, ديدارى با وزير سابق امنيت ملى امريكا ، آقاى تام ريج ديداريك له گه ل وزيرى پيشوى ئاسايشى نيشتمانى ولاته يه كگرتوه كانى ئه مريكا‎''‎Colonel Wesley Martin (ret.), Former Senior Antiterrorism, Force Protection Officer,. Coalition Forces – Iraq, ديداريك له گه ل ژينرال وه سلى مارتين؛ ئه فسه رى پايه به رزى به رگه رى نه ته وه ية و ده ژه تيرور‎'

A letter to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, U.N Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, by two Kurdish Human Rights organizations in the United States

  A letter to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, U.N Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, by two Kurdish Human Rights organizations in the United States

 Ahmed Shaheed, Azad Moradian, Amir Sharifi

  July 21, 2013

Your Excellency Dr. Ahmed Shaheed,

U.N Special rapporteur for Iran to the Human Rights Council

Dear Dr. Shaheed:

Let us commend you for your latest comprehensive report on Human rights violations in Iran and your advocacy for open conversations about human rights. We share your concerns and hopes for changes in the status quo.

As you continue to work on the continuing violations of human rights in Iran, we are sure you are aware that the condition of ethnic minority groups, Kurds, in particular, is deteriorating. Violations of human rights continue as the increasing militarization of Kurdish cities and towns contributes to even more pervasive human rights abuses in violation of Article 27 of the Declaration of the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities .

These abuses as your latest report on the situation of human rights in Iran had documented, include arbitrary arrests, unfair trials, torture, and summary executions, and public hanging .

In 2012, 160 journalists, bloggers, human right and cultural activists, members of religious minorities were arrested, many of whom still await trial. Kurds are also disproportionately represented in the officially documented list of impending executions. As listed in the attached document, out of 83 prisoners condemned to death, 54 (65%) are Kurdish.

From 2009, 13 Kurdish prisoners have lost their lives in prison as a result of torture and abusive treatment. Many Kurdish prisoners of conscience remain in prison without any legal resources and recourse. Several prisoners deprived of medical care have died in custody. Kurds as a distinct ethnic minority continue to suffer from institutionalized social, religious, and cultural discrimination. They experience internal displacement, expulsions, linguistic discrimination, suppression of publications, imprisonment of journalists and imposition of heavy bails on detainees. Psychological torture and intimidation through public ridicule and humiliation is becoming the hallmark of the Islamic Republic of Iran as it was the case with dressing up a convict as a Kurdish woman, the stigmatization of Yarsan and draconian restrictions against their religious practices are the latest examples of the Islamic Republic’s flagrant violations of Kurdish human rights.

Kurdish political and human rights organizations and activists are treated and punished even more harshly. Even lawyers of Kurdish prisoners are not immune from persecution and imprisonment. Every year hundreds of the so-called Kurdish “border crosser” and couriers, many of whom young children are mercilessly killed by the Iranian patrolmen on the borders of Iran, Turkey and Iraq.

From 2010 to 2012, 320 couriers were slain and many more injured (Please see the attachment). The plight of these couriers despite documented massacres and injuries is largely ignored and rarely reported and investigated by the international community. We are working on documenting the recurring violations of human rights to report to your office for consideration and review to be included in your next report.

We are grateful that your office has begun to address some of our concerns;

we have indeed seen some positive signs by the UN to address more specifically the situation of Kurdish human rights in Iran as defined in the Declaration of the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities. We welcome this increased attention; nevertheless, these steps are inadequate and fall short of expectations as stipulated in Article 27 of the aforementioned treaty.

Kurds have no other hope and aspiration beyond these international treaties to protect them against discriminatory practices and ensure that they enjoy their fundamental freedoms and cultural and linguistic rights. In this context the United Nations has a key role to play both in the protection and promotion of the Kurdish ethnic, political, cultural and linguistic rights.

It is our hope that you continue to pay particular attention to the situation of the Kurdish human rights in the context of Kurds as a distinct ethnic and linguistic group. It is imperative that the UN visit Kurdish areas to gain a better insight into the actual condition of human rights in Kurdish areas in Iran. You would be happy to lend you our support in your difficult and yet very important mission.

Cordially,

Dr. Amir Sharifi

  Director of Kurdish Human Rights Advocacy Group

Dr.  Azad MoradianChair of Kurdish American Committee for Human Rights and Democracy in Iran (KACDHI)

KNC-NA 24th Annual Conference was held on May 12-13, 2012 in Washington DC

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KNC-NA 24th Annual Conference was held on May 12-13, 2012 in Washington DC
May 15, 2012
“The 24th KNC-NA annual conference was held in Washington DC on May 12-13, 2012. The program started with a minute of silence, followed by singing Ay Raqib by the participants, and the introduction by Mrs. Muazaz Aziz, the MC of the program.
30 guest speakers, panelists, and moderators presented in the conference. The panels which were moderated by the KNC-NA’s board of directors included: Diaspora, Human Rights, Unity, Reconciliation and Independence.”
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  Speakers and their talk:

  • kncna_24tha_02.jpg“Mrs. Muazaz Aziz, was born in Hawlair. She completed law school at the University of Baghdad practiced as a lawyer until she immigrated to Canada. Meanwhile she lived in Switzerland for 8 years. She has been actively involved in the community, through as an accredited court interpreter, as a settlement counselor, and later as a public appointee at the Health Professionals and Appeal Board in Toronto. She also graduated from the Humber College in 2007 as a Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant and started her private practice. She has been an active member of KNC- NA, the Kurdish House, and the Canadian for Genocide Education and organized fundraising events for the victims of Halabja and for the Iraqi children.”

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“Dr. Ebdul Hakim Bashar, is from Qamishlo Kurdistan of Syria. He specializes in Pediatric medicine.  He is the leader of Kurdish Democratic Party- Syria (KDPS), and the head of Kurdish National Council and a member of its committee for foreigner relations. His talk: an update on Kurdistan of Syria.

  • kncna_24tha_04.jpgMr. Arash Saleh was born in Paveh and raised in Kermashan. He graduated from college of law in Sanandaj. He was a co-founder and active member of Kurdish Student Movement in Iran, the only Kurdish student organization in Iran from 2004 to 2009. He used to work as a journalist in Kurdistan as the correspondent of Payam-e-Mardom and Didgah, two independent Kurdish weekly papers. Arash is currently a graduate student in political science at the New York State University. The topic of his presentation was “The Rise and Decline of Civil Society in Kurdistan of Iran”. It considers the previous trend of new movements in Kurdistan including their demands and structures.
  • kncna_24tha_05.jpgMr. Alan Attoof was born in Slemani and obtained a BA in English from the University of Slemani. He has worked for international NGO’s such as the Mines Advisory Group and Help Age International, provided support to vulnerable communities and victims of the Anfal genocide. He has reported for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) on various political and security issues, and trained junior journalists. He also has worked as the Media and Cultural Specialist with the U.S. Consulate General’s Public Diplomacy Section in Erbil. Currently, Alan is the Director of Public Affairs at the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Representation in the United States. He talked about the KRG-US Relations.
  • kncna_24tha_10.jpgMr. Issa Mosa was born in Zakho, obtained a diploma in teaching education in Duhok. He studied law at Musol University but had to move Canada in 1993. He has worked as commissioner for Oath, as a Notary Public in, and as a team leader at the Center for Newcomers in Alberta. He volunteered at a UN refugee camp and Red Cross in Calgary. He is the vice chairman of Kurdish Community in Calgary, attended various conferences about Kurdistan and participated in a Research Analysis on the Kurds by 2000 planet in Calgary. He has been a board member of KNC-NA since 2008 and its Vice President since 2010.
  • kncna_24tha_06.jpgMr. Ari Besefki Was born in Dohuk, Kurdistan. At age 13 he had to leave his homeland, went to the mountains, migrated to Turkey, and ended up in a refugee camp for 4 years. Later he migrated to US, settled in Richardson, TX, and attended high school, college, and graduate school there. He obtained a master’s degree in business administration. His leadership positions had included Equity Trader, Managing Director, and volunteering treasurer at DFW International Community Alliance and North Texas Council for International Visitors. Currently he is the Principal at Opportune Capital Partners. He speaks Kurdish, English, Arabic, Turkish, and Spanish. He talked about Promoting and Improving Kurdistan-U.S. Economical Ties.
  • kncna_24tha_07.jpgDr. Azad Moradian was born in Eastern Kurdistan to a politically active family. At a young age he took part in the student movements of the 1978 Iran, and has continued his activism since. He was a prisoner of conscious in Iran and had to seek political asylum in Europe. In 2001 he immigrated to the US. Mr. Moradian specializes in Kurdish and Iranian politics, works with several NGOs, and has founded VOKRadio. His articles in English, Farsi, and Kurdish are regularly published in several media outlets and magazines.
Dr. Moradian  is a regular political commentator on radio broadcasts. He is a former member of the board of directors of KNC-NA. He received his degree in Clinical Psychology in Iran and obtained his MFT at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He is currently working as a behavioral consultant in California. The title of his talk was about “The Kurds in the United States; the Challenge of Reconciling Hyphenated Identities”.
  • kncna_24tha_08.jpgMr. Samuel Jordan is a veteran human rights defender with a special emphasis on matters of enfranchisement for national minorities.  As an advocate for full political equality and Chairman of the DC Statehood Party, Jordan traveled throughout the United States and abroad urging support for US compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  In 1997, Jordan was appointed Director of the Program to Abolish the Death Penalty for Amnesty International USA, where he campaigned to end capital punishment worldwide.  An attorney, Jordan is currently involved in the international effort to eliminate the negative impacts of globalization on civil liberties. He talked about “US Kurdish Solidarity Initiative”.
  • kncna_24tha_09.jpgDr. Pary Karadaghi completed her MD degree at Bucharest School of Medicine in Romania and her Post Doctorate studies in France and Georgetown University. She is Executive Director of KHRW and supports refugees’ and women’s equality and building self-sufficient communities. She oversees human rights training, IDP assistance, housing construction, and women-led Non-Governmental Organizations and Civil Society Organizations’ capacity-building in Iraq. She gives presentations on Kurdish and Iraqi peoples’ plight on televisions shows, including CNN and Nightline. Awards she received include the Human Rights Award, KRG; three Leadership Award in NGO Humanitarian Work in Iraq, Nomination for the UN Human Rights Award; and Top Ten Nationwide Most Resourceful Women Distinction Award, USA. She talked about “Kurdish Diaspora and Lobbying Efforts”.
  • kncna_24tha_11.jpgDr. Ihsan Efrini was born in Efrin. He moved to Hungary and completed a degree in dentistry there. He practiced as a dentist for 4 years in Ukraine. He then went to Syria and attempted to practice his profession but was prohibited due to political issues. He was then forced to leave Syria in search of a safer life in Canada. He is an active member of the Canadian liberal party, as well as a representative for a Syrian Kurdish political assembly in North America. He is also a member of the board of directors of KNC-NA, He is an entrepreneur and lives with his wife and three children in Canada.
  • kncna_24tha_12.jpgMr. Shamal Bishir was born in Mahabad, Eastern Kurdistan in 1980s. At age16 he migrated to Sweden, where he studied sociology. He is a political activist and gives talks about the role of PJAK in Kurdistan and Iran. Mr. Shamal talked about Kurdistan in the New World System for the Middle East and Iran.
  • kncna_24tha_13.jpgMr. Jake Hess is a freelance writer based in Washington, DC.  His work has been published by the London Independent, Middle East Report, Inter Press Service, and other outlets.  He spent a year and a half in North Kurdistan, where he lived in Amed and Sirnak and worked as a journalist, translator, and teacher. He talked about “North Kurdistan: Human Rights and Recent Developments.”
  • kncna_24tha_14.jpgDr. Arash Alaei is from Kermashan and studied Medicine at Isfahan University,. As an  expert in International Health and HIV/AIDS he directed the International Education and Research Cooperation in Iran. He and his brother were co-founders of the first “Triangular Clinic” documented by WHO/EMR as the region’s “Best practice model”, which was awarded $16 million by the Global Fund. They extended their work to Afghanistan and Tajikistan, received Ford Foundation AIDS fellowship, a distinguished award from the New York Academy of Science, a Jonathan Mann Award, and the first leadership award in Health and Human Rights by PAHO/WHO. As a humanist and former prisoner of conscious, he talked about “The Price of Promoting Health and Human Rights in Kermashan, Iran”.
  • kncna_24tha_15.jpgMr. Sartip Kakaee was born in Kerkuk. He immigrated to Canada in 2002, has worked as engineer, as Project Manager, and as Executive Board member and the Treasurer of the Greater Toronto Kurdish House. He was a co-founder of Canada Kurdistan Business Council in 2007 which promote a Business relationship between Canada and Kurdistan. He arranged an official visit for a first Canadian MP to Kurdistan in August 2009 which fruited out of passing a motion at the Canadian House of Commons to recognize the Chemical attack by Saddam’s regime as crimes against humanity. He now is the Chairman of Kurdish House in Toronto and a Board Member of KNC-NA.
  • kncna_24tha_16.jpgMs. Golaleh Sharafkandi was born in Mahabad, and came to Sweden in 2001. She studied Linguistics and English in Iran and International Education in Sweden. Since 2003 she has been formally involved in Politic. She has worked on projects with Kurdish women having different ideological backgrounds. She is a member of Leading Board of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP-Iran). She works with the abroad committee and international relation office. The topic of her presentation was: “Towards Unity and Obstacles to overcome (with a focus on Eastern part of Kurdistan)”.
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  • Mr. Sinan Önal was born in Malazgirt-Mus of Kurdish region of Turkey in 1978. He graduated from Political Science and Economics BA in stanbul Bilgi University in 2005. He has an MA degree in Urban Policy and Local Governments from Middle East Technical University. He speaks Kurdish, Turkish and English fluently. He has worked as policy consultant to Mr. Ahmet Turk in Democratic Society Congress and to Mr Selahattin Demirtas in Peace and Democracy Party. He become a representative of Peace and Democracy Party in Washington DC in 2012. His speech was about “The Status of Turkey and the Kurds In The Changing Middle East”.
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  • Dr. Kamiran Haj Abdo, is from Efrin Kurdistan of Syria. He is an oncology specialist. He is member of politic bureau of Kurdish Democratic Union Party, and a member of committee of Kurdish National Council for foreigner relations. He talked about “Unity and Political Principles of the Kurdish National Council”.
  • kncna_24tha_19.jpgDr. Asad Khailany, an emeritus professor at Eastern Michigan University, is from Southern Kurdistan. He had numerous publications on Computer Science. He was the President of Kurdistan Student Union, accompanied Late Mustafa Barzani to Baghdad, and established connections with the embassies of US, England, India, and Egypt in Baghdad. He was the first Kurd to address the US Secretary of States on the “US Policy Toward Kurdish Problems” in 1962, to invite Madam Mitterrand to a conference on Kurdistan in the US. He introduced Jalal Talebani, Barham Salih, and Hoshiar Zibari to the state department. He is a co-founder of KNC-NA. Dr. Khailany presented  “The Road to Achieve Kurdish National Right is Through Unity”.
  • kncna_24tha_20.jpgMs. Gissou Nia is the Executive Director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center.  She had worked on war crimes and crimes against humanity trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court.  She is a frequent lecturer on human rights developments in Iran and has interviewed 200+ survivors of human rights abuses perpetrated by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and produced comprehensive reports documenting these abuses, with a particular focus on the rights of women and ethnic minorities.  She will speak about IHRDC’s latest report on abuses against Kurdish activists in Iran.  The report is titled: “On the Margins: Arrest, Imprisonment and Execution of Kurdish Activists in Iran Today”.
  • Mr. Luqman Barwari was born in Southern Kurdistan. He has been living in the USA since 1982. He obtained his education in the USA, and worked as an Associate Scientist in a major Biotechnology company in Southern CA. He is advisory member of Kurdish American Youth Group and former vice president of Kurdish American Education Society. He is the author and co-author of several Scientific, and political papers. He has been the chair of Public Relations Committee of KNC-NA since 2008.
  • Dr. Mohammad Sadik is from Hawler, Kurdistan. He has MPhil and PhD in Educational Planning, taught at East London, Salahaddin and Cihan Universities and published 10 research papers on Education. He was the President of Salahaddin University for 6 years. Now he is qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales and works as the Senior Advisor for Cihan University in Hawler. he worked as the Director of Migrant Training, a cross-London training organization between 1990 to 2003, as Chair of the Kurdish Cultural Centre in London from 1991 to 1992 and as President of the Kurdish Academic Network, UK from 1998 to 2003. He talked about “The Role of Education in Kurdish National Reconciliation”.
  • Mr. Fazil Kurdi is form Hawler, Southern Kurdistan. He has extensive experience working with the United Nations in Iraq, Turkey, Bosnia and Afghanistan. Currently he is the president of IBAV, LLC,  a contractor with US government that ssupports, develops and executes pre- deployment training courses/modules for Implementation of Emergency Relief and Short Term Rehabilitation Response in Support of the Near East Regional Program for USAID, State Dept. and other US government agencies in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been an activist with Change Movement (Gorran) in the United States since May 2009. He talked about “Kurdistan from Gorran’s Perspective”.
  • Dr. Kirmanj Gundi migrated to US from Kurdistan, obtained a PhD in Educational Administration from Tennessee State University (TSU), where he is a Full Professor now. He has numerous publications on leadership, teaching strategies, educational psychology, etc. Kirmanj has published two books, “Thirty Years of Struggle and Devastated Country” and “Dictation of English Grammar in Kurdish.” His upcoming is about the ancient history of the Kurds’ ancestors, the Medes. He also analyzed Kurdish politics and internal fratricide between political factions, and its dire consequences. He founded Kurdistan Cultural Institute and was the President of the KNC-NA in 2008-2010 and promoted the Halabja’s to go to a Federal Court. He talked about “Kurdish National Reconciliation from a Historical Perspective”.
  • Mr. Nyma Ardalan was born in Sine, Kurdistan and migrated to the US in 1977. He studied Industrial Engineering and holds a MS degree from CSUN. Currently he works as a Network Engineer for BT. He has been an activist for Kurdish and Human rights and worked with various organizations that promote Kurdish cause for many years.  He is a board member of Kurdish Community Center of Southern California. He joined KNC-NA in its beginning years of inception and worked as one of its board of directors for several years. Currently he is the secretary of KNC-NA and a runs as candidate for the next board.
  • Dr. Kajal Rahmani is from Senah, studied at Universities of Jundi Shapur and Oklahoma. As a former professor of anthropology with special interests in Mesopotamia, Kurds, women, and religious minorities, she is considered as a scholar, a thinker, and a visionary.  She has given numerous talks on Kurds and ethnic minorities in the Middle East. Her research project is on Yezidis. Her upcoming book, “That was then and this is now” is the story of a Kurdish woman who has been through Shiite, Sunni, Kurdish and Non- Kurdish entanglements. She is a research fellow with Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University and the director of KJPA. She presented “Obstacles Toward Independence”.
  • Dr. Mohammad Yussif is from Western Kurdistan. He is a Human Rights Activist in London, GB. He talked about “The Syrian Uprising and the Future of the Kurds”.
  • Dr. Faraydon Karim is from Southern Kurdistan. He joined Kurdistan Students Union in the 1960 and exiled to Southern Iraq in 1963. Together with few friends he re-established the dissolved Kurdish Student Union in 1967. He joined the peshmarga in 1972 and migrated to USA 1976. He authored over 100 patents, technical disclosures, and technical papers. He has chaired, and spoken in many scientific conferences around the world.  He participated in most Kurdish activities and joined KNC-NA in the first days of its establishment and once held the position of director in it.  He is currently, the Chief Technical officer of the NBCTR corp, specialized in supercomputing. He talked about:” Independence through Setting Higher Goals”.
  • Mr. Kani Xulam has studied at the University of Toronto, UC Santa Barbara, and obtained his MA from American University in Washington, DC. He has worked closely with members of the U.S. Congress, participated in a 32nd day hunger strike on behalf of imprisoned Kurds, and is in a documentary, “Good Kurds, Bad Kurds: No Friends But the Mountains”. He participated in a 221 days vigil in front of the Turkish Ambassador’s residence. He is the founder and director of AKIN. All his work is geared towards advancing the level of awareness about the Kurds and Kurdistan. He talked about “Is Gandhi Relevant to the Kurds?”
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Congressman Brad Sherman met A Kurdish- American community leader and voting member of the 27th district

During a town hall meeting: Congressman Brad Sherman met A Kurdish- American community leader and voting member of the 27th district

Sunday August 28, 2011

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Los Angeles, California; Mr. M. Azad Moradian, community leader and voting member of the 27th district, met with Congressman Brad Sherman to discuss two pressing issues of concern to the Kurdish-American community.

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Congressman Sherman, who is a member of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, was encouraged, through a formal letter from his Kurdish constituents, to join the Kurdish Congressional Caucus in Washington DC.

Mr. Sherman reported that he recently met with the representatives of the Kurdish Community  in Washington DC and will look into joining the caucus when he returns to Capitol Hill. The Congressman also expressed that he is well aware of the concerns of the Kurds in the Middle East and is glad to see Kurdish- Americans in his district.

The second worry brought to the attention of Congressman Brad Sherman was the recent and continuous military attacks on Northern Iraq by Turkey and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Mr. Sherman expressed his regrets about these attacks, and informed Mr. Moradian that he has been one of the members of the house voting against further foreign aid to Turkey. Mr. Moradian handed a letter to the congressman urging him and his colleagues to put further pressure on Turkey to end their military offensive in the Kurdish region.

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The Congressman’s advisory staff were also present at this event. They were receptive and expressed sympathetic views towards the Kurdish plight.

A meeting will be scheduled to further develop the relationship between the Kurdish-American communities with Congressman Brad Sherman.

We look forward to the Congressman’s potential membership in the Kurdish Congressional Caucus.

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Mr. Azad Moradian’s speach on the KNCNA 20th Annual Conference May 2008

Mr. Azad Moradian’s speach on the KNCNA 20th Annual Conference May 2008
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Dear President of KNC, Dr. Saman Shali
Distinguished guests
Ladies and Gentlemen
On behalf of the Kurdish American Committee for Democracy in Iran, I congratulate the board of advisers, board of directors, members, and the supporters of the KNCNA on the 20th anniversary of excellent work for the promotion of the Kurdish issues in the North America. I hope that the 20th conference will be able to successfully reach its goals as it has always done.

Since November 2005 the Kurdish American Committee was established to work on the Kurdish issues in Iran, and in order to build a relationship among the Iranian opposition groups. As one of the specialized committees within KNCNA, it has a focused target objective: the issues facing the Iranian Kurdistan with all of its complexities.
The committee’s consideration is that:
Iran is home to more than 70 Million people who are linguistically, religiously, and ethnically diverse. Iran is not a homogeneous ethnic society, and formidable Iranian opposition parties are aligned with separate ethnic groups. We believe that any political opposition to the Islamic regime without the involvement of all the Iranian ethnicity such as the Kurds, Arabs, Turkmans, Baluechs, and Azeri groups would fail.
The systems in power before and after the1979 Islamic revolution indicated this statement repeatedly: “The attempts of enemies to disintegrate the country and create divisions within it will fail because Iranians have never had ethnic differences among each other”. Almost all Persian nationalist parties have vowed to side with the Islamic regime to fight minority groups and any movements towards real democracy in Iran. Since the Islamic revolution of 1979, the treatment of ethnic and religious minorities has increasingly grown worse.
The Kurdish American Committee for Democracy in Iran strongly believes that the only way to avoid disintegration of Iran, and turmoil within the ethnic minorities is to replace the Mullah regime by a true democratic government that gives federal autonomy to Iran’s ethnic regions. Persian nationalism and the deliberate resistance towards ethnic recognition, by the current opposition groups, in effect is only assisting the mullah regime and is counter productive. The opposition must learn from history and avoid its repetition by replacing the Islamic fundamentalism with a secular, federalist, ethnically diverse democracy, through offering substantial autonomy to the disaffected non-Persian regions.
Since the last KNC conference on March 2007, a new wave of violence has seized the atmosphere of Iran. Group executions are taking place at an alarming rate, and most political activists including but not limited to journalists are being imprisoned every day. Kurdish journalists and Kurdish human rights activists are among the most affected victims of this new tirade. According to the Human rights Watch, Amnesty International, US Department of State, and the EU Human Rights Department, Iran’s human rights records has worsened substantially during the past few years. More than a thousand students and women activists from the different ethnic minorities including the Kurds have been detained by security personnel and are being held at unknown locations, jailed, tortured, and some have even been killed under torturer.
Hundreds of Kurdish, and other minority journalists, bloggers, and writers are being arrested for only reporting or writing about human rights. The Islamic Regime of Iran continues to detain the most number of journalists and human rights activists in the world. The situation and condition of treatment for the journalists in the Kurdish regions of Iran has only become exponentially worse. Institutionalized racism against Kurds and other minorities, along with the systematic prosecution of religious groups, and women is a reality that the majority of Iranians have unfortunately been subject to for decades. The Islamic Regime has responded to uprisings by Kurds, Azeries, Arabs, Turkmen, and Baluech populations in Iran with massive arrests, brutal suppression, and a press ban on all ethnic unrest.
The Islamic regime in Iran continues to struggle with the western and modern world through International pressure regarding their nuclear enrichment case, their support of Islamic terrorist organizations around the world, destabilizing Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon as well as human right’s issues. The regime is also facing internal pressures by the ethnic divisions, women, and student movements, as well as by the undeniable poverty, and corruption. Within the regime is also a problematic conflict between the major hard liners who dominate power and the radical reformists. It seems clear that the internal strife, especially in the case of uprisings by the ethnicities in Iran, has a critical role in the destabilization of Iran. Some US politicians believe that Iran’s own domestic problems will eventually topple the regime. This is an opportunity that must be ceased by the opposition to increase the momentum towards change.

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Summary of Activities:
Since the last conference the committee,

– Establishing contact with different Kurdish opposition groups within Iran as well as in Diaspora.
– Communicated with the Eastern Kurdistan representatives in the US who have been involved in debates on the committees’ activities within the US.
– Formed contact with the representatives of the Non-Kurdish Iranian oppositional organizations in the US regarding a common goal against Iranian regime.
– One major goal of the committee from the beginning has been creating a unified Kurdish front, and later to establish a united oppositional front by bringing other minority groups together. We have taken major strides towards this goal.
– Unfortunately, the Iranian Kurdish organizations are on the merge of dissociating into separate groups, and no real unity is present at this moment, which seems to be the influence of the Iranian intelligence groups affecting the psychological and political problems within those organizations. We are considering that an intervention should take place immediately before these organizations are spread apart even further and lose sight of unity. As an organization from outside of the turmoil, we feel that we should intervene as pathologists to identify the issues that are fracturing these organizations.
– Talks at universities and other venues have been held on the issue of Kurdish political and human rights.
– Press releases as well as critical reviews of the events that somehow affect the Kurdish people in Iran have been published on a consistent basis and distributed among a vast network of concerned media.
– Acted as the lead expert consultants on Kurdish and Iranian issues for Radio news broadcasts and news websites.
– Directly and indirectly participated in various rallies and demonstrations to voice the Kurdish people’ cause and issues in Los Angeles and other major US cities.
– Began establishing contact inside Iran with the human rights activists and Kurdish human rights organizations.
– Researching and collecting an extensive archive of information regarding the work and activities that have taken place in Kurdistan of Iran within the past 3 decades.

Recommendation and request:
Due to the extensive archive we have collected, the connections we have made, the networking we have created to communicate with the media, as well as, because we are a specialized expert group, I request that KNCNA as well as all of our affiliates support this committee financially and professionally regarding issues of Iran.
One of the critical issues that the Kurds from Iran face within Iran as well as in diaspora is that we have been boycotted by the major media’s in the western hemisphere. However, this problem is not unique to the Kurdish minorities in Iran; it also affects the other ethnicities. It seems that the prominent mentalities of these medias are the establishment of a royal system or a republic in which there is no emphasis on the minority groups of Iran.
A statement that is important to keep in mind is that helping this committee and supporting it is a crucial aspect of a fight against injustice towards Kurds. The new wave of violence that is taking place in Iran, which is targeting the Kurdish liberation activists is a threat not just to Kurds in Iran but also to Kurds in the rest of the world. One must realize that although this committee’s agenda is very specific and region orientated, its ultimate goal is broad and vast. Iran as well as Turkey has both attacked the Kurds and now it is vital for the Kurds to form a unity and a Kurdish front to be able to retaliate against violent action. Any form of unity and support will be highly appreciated and can contribute greatly to the overall success of the Kurdish cause and to democracy as a whole.
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to give you a brief report on the activities of the Kurdish Committee for Democracy in Iran, and the Kurdish situation in Iranian Kurdistan.
Azad Moradian
Chair of Kurdish American Committee for Democracy in Iran
/ KNCNA

Kurds & Kurdistan, a speech by Azad Moradian , Lindersvold, Denmark

Kurds & Kurdistan, a speech by Azad Moradian , Lindersvold, Denmark

Kurds & Kurdistan, a speech by Azad Moradian, 

DRH Holsted in International Development studies, Lindersvold, Denmark 

Thursday, April 2nd, 1998

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DRH Holsted in International Development studies Denmark
Common evening, Thursday, April the 2nd 1998

Ms. Director,
Dear friends,
Ladies and gentlemen,

The Kurds are an ethnic group of about 30 million people who have been victimized by the political and ideological turmoil of our times. The fourth largest ethnic group in the Middle -East, The Kurds have lived in the same geographical area for perhaps 4000 years. That Homeland was divided and is now ruled by their four immediate neighbors, Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria. The Kurds are living in about 530,000-km2 areas.

The Kurds are spread in varying concentrations throughout a crescent shaped region in the Middle-East, that comprises a large part of the mountainous region between the Black sea and Steppes of Iraq on one side, and the Anti- Taurus Mountains and the Iranian plateau toother. Kurdistan may be defined as that area where a homogeneous group of Kurds predominates; so defined; Kurdistan is currently divided among Turkey, Iraq and Iran. There are also Kurds in Syria, Lebanon, The former Soviet Union and Afghanistan, mingled with other small ethnic groups (such as Persian, Arabs, Turks, Azeri, Assyrians, Armenians, and Turkmans.) who are scattered throughout the Kurdish area.

In Iraq, the Kurds inhabit an area of North of Hamrin Mountains. In Iran to Zeros Mountain system and in Turkey the Kurds inhabit on an area in the Ararat Mountains.
The Kurdish Language belongs to Iranian Group of The Indo-European Language family. Figure one the number of Kurds very from one source to another, since there are no accurate figures, especially in the countries where Kurds are now recognized as a separate ethnic group. Crucial decisions affecting Kurdish history and Kurdish cultural survival were made in this century.
With the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World-War 1, The Allied-Powers curved out the modern Middle East. The original treaty of Severs, provided for an independent Kurdistan. It was never ratified. The final treaty of Lausanne signed in 1923 created the modern states of Turkey, Iraq and Syria. However, Kurdistan was totally ignored.

Today there are 18 -20 million Kurds in Turkey, 8 – 10 million in Iran, 4 – 5 million in Iraq, 1- 1.5 million in Ex. USSR (200,000 Kurds in Azerbaijan Rep., 200-300,000 in Armenia Rep., 100,000 in Georgia and etc.), and about 500,000 -1 million in another country
The Kurds have repeatedly attempted to reestablish control over their territory. Countries with Kurdish minorities fear Kurdish ethnic resurgence and any activity toward Self-determination. Therefore, they actively engage in campaigns to assimilate as well as dispossess the Kurds. The Kurds also suffer from collective repression, as each governmentfear that gains is any one area may spread into others.

In Turkey the speaking, law has prohibited reading and writing of the Kurdish language, the wearing of Kurdish costume.

In Iraq as in Syria, Kurdish areas are being “Arabized”. The whole population of Kurds is forced from their lands, sometimes in such haste that children have been left behind. Their lands are resettled with Arabs. Arabs have even been paid to marry Kurdish women as a means of destroying the Kurdish cultural identity. Kurds are either deported or resettled in barren, desert areas. They are becoming homeless refugee. During the Iran-Iraq war and the Golf war, more than 2 million Kurds become refugee, and more than 10,000 Kurds with Iranian and Iraqi governments killed. For example, in the city of Healable (one of the Iraqi Kurd city) at least 5000 Kurd at less than one hour killed with chemical bombs.

In Iran, the Kurds have been subjected to the “bloodbath” promised by the Islamic regime. Bombed and besieged.
The atrocities and brutalities committed by the Islamic regime of Iran against the Kurdish people and opposition parties are beyond the imagination of the civilized world. Since the Iranian revolution 1979 and the invasion of Kurdistan by Islamic regime’s armed forces, more than 5o,ooo of people have been killed. Tens of thousands imprisoned and tortured. In addition, thousands of Kurds forced into exile inside the country Tens of thousands more have been forced to flee the country and seek safety outside their homeland. However, the terrorist activities of Iranian regime did not stop at this. They were extended beyond the Iranian borders. Regime’s terrorists in Europe and other country have killed more than 260 members of the opposition Iranian party. Among them the leaders of Kurds, Dr. Abdul Rahman Ghassemlo and Dr. Sadegh Sharafkandi were killed respectively in Austria, July 1989 and in Germany, on September 17- 1992. We have a long history during which our peaceful demands for our legitimate national rights, freedom federalism for the Kurd and democracy in Iran have always been met by force and military means by the central powers in Tehran.

It this tragedy of major proportions that so large on ethnic group should be allowed to slip between the pages of history by the force of global indifference.

Thank you very much and we wish you full success in your humanity program.

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