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)
New names: Shazin Heersh
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
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
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.