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Iraq/Iraqi Kurdistan: Further information on Incommunicado detention/fear of torture/forcible expulsion/fear of forcible return/”disappearance”

, رقم الوثيقة: MDE 14/010/2000

The PUK intend to hand Sadiq Nikbin over to the Iranian authorities on 17 August. He would face serious human rights violations if he were returned to Iran. He is now under guard at a hospital in Sulaimaniya. A number of others with links to the Iraqi Workers’ Communist Party (IWCP) and Independent Women’s Organization (IWO) are now known to have been arrested, and many in grave danger.

PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 14/10/00
16 August 2000
Further information on UA 219/00 (MDE 14/08/00, 19 July 2000) and follow-up
(MDE 14/09/00, 25 July 2000) - Incommunicado detention/fear of torture/forcible
expulsion/fear of forcible return/”disappearance”
IRAQ/IRAQI KURDISTANSadiq Nikbin (Iranian national)
Nidhal Ahmad
Kuchar
New names: Shazin Heersh
Saman Mohammad
Haydar Rassam
Mohammad Najam
Kamran Latif
Karim Latif
Jaza Mohammad
Azad Mohammad Amin
Kazal Jamal (f), Surma Rassul Mina (f), Layla Isma‘il
(f), Niyan ‘Ali Ahmad (f), Asmar ‘Abdullah (f), Shukhan Salih (f), Bayan (f),
Ajin (f), Zaman (f), Badriya Rassul (f), Batsuz ‘Abdullah (f), ‘Aisha (f)
The PUK intend to hand Sadiq Nikbin over to the Iranian authorities on 17 August.
He would face serious human rights violations if he were returned to Iran.
He is now under guard at a hospital in Sulaimaniya.
A number of others with links to the Iraqi Workers’ Communist Party (IWCP)
and Independent Women’s Organization (IWO) are now known to have been arrested,
and many in grave danger.
Poet and writer Shazin Heersh is said to have been arrested on 21 July, at
a well known club for intellectuals in Sulaimaniya, reportedly for denouncing
the closure of the IWO office and the arrests that followed. His whereabouts
are now unknown.
Also arrested that day were IWCP members Saman Mohammad, a security guard at
the IWO office, and Haydar Rassam. Their whereabouts are now unknown. Another
of the security guards at the IWO office, IWCP member Mohammad Najam, has also
been arrested.
After the 21 July raid on the IWO-run women’s refuge in Sulaimaniya, the 12
women named above, who had been sheltering there from abuse by relatives, are
said to have been moved to the PUK Security Directorate in Sulaimaniya. Amnesty
International fears that they may be handed over to their families or relatives,
and would be at risk of serious human rights abuses. Another woman who left
the refuge in June, Nasrin ‘Aziz Rashid, is said to have been killed by a
relative.
Also, an orphanage in Sulaimaniya was closed down by the PUK authorities on
14 July. The whereabouts of 22 orphans are now unknown.
Four other IWCP members have been arrested in Sulaimaniya, and their whereabouts
are now unknown. Brothers Kamran and Karim Latif were arrested on 9 August,
reportedly while they were distributing copies of the magazine ‘Alem al-Atfal.
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Jaza Mohammad and Azad Mohammad Amin were arrested the following day, reportedly
while distributing leaflets.
There is still no information about the fate and whereabouts of Kuchar and
Nidhal Ahmad.
A number of PUK members who had reportedly condemned the arrests of IWCP members
and others since 13 July 2000, are also said to have been arrested.
On 26 July Amnesty International wrote to the leader of the PUK to raise its
concerns about recent events in the area of northern Iraq controlled by the
PUK. No response has so far been received.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in English, Arabic, Kurdish or your own language:
- urging that Sadiq Nikbin is not forcibly returned to Iran;
- asking why Shazin Heersh was arrested;
- urging that he be immediately released if he was arrested solely for the
peaceful expression of his political beliefs;
- asking what has happened to all those still in custody after they were arrested
in connection with anti-PUK demonstrations since 13 July;
- seeking assurances that they are being treated humanely and have regular
access to lawyers of their own choosing, their families and any medical care
they may require;
- urging that the 12 women who had been sheltering in the refuge in Sulaimaniya
are not handed over to their families, and asking what steps have been taken
to ensure that they do not become victims of human rights abuses.
APPEALS TO:
Jalal Talabani
President
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)
Sulaimaniya
Kurdistan
Iraq
Telegrams: President, PUK, Kurdistan, Iraq
Salutation: Dear Mr Talabani
Jalal Talabani
c/o PUK United Kingdom
First Floor, 5 Glasshouse Walk,
Vauxhall
London SE11 5ES
UK
Faxes: + 44 20 7840 0630
Salutation:Dear Mr Talabani
Jalal Talabani
c/o PUK USA
444 N. Capitol Street, NW, Suite 837
Washington D. C. 20001
USA
Faxes: + 1 202 6372723
Salutation:Dear Mr Talabani
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COPIES TO: Office of the PUK, if there is one in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 27 September 2000.

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