PDKI Statement on Recent Wave of Executions in Kurdistan and Balochistan

Last week, two Kurdish political prisoners, Habibollah Golparipour and Reza Mamadi, were executed. At the same time, 16 Baluch political prisoners were executed in what Iranian government officials described as an act of “revenge” for the death of several revolutionary guard soldiers in Balochistan. Against the backdrop of this latest wave of executions, the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) issued a statement on October 27, calling on the international community and human rights organizations to put pressure on the Iranian regime to stop executions of political prisoners.

“The latest cases of executions in the Islam Republic of Iran,” the statement reads, “occur against the backdrop of Hassan Rouhani’s assumption of the presidency and the efforts of some political actors to portray him as someone who would deviate from the regime’s policy of carrying out systematic human rights violations, [and furthermore] that he would pay attention to the plight of the oppressed [non-Persian] nations in Iran, as well as to improve the living conditions of Iranian citizens at large.”

In its statement, the PDKI highlights the fact that Iranian government officials described the execution of 16 Baloch political prisoners as an act of revenge. “This is something that can only happen in the judicial system of the Islamic Republic [of Iran],” the statement further reads. Such acts of revenge are occurring during a time when Iran’s new President, Mr. Rouhani, is portraying himself as someone committed to the rule of law.

The PDKI also extends its condolences to the families of the Baloch and Kurdish political prisoners that were executed recently. The statement ends by calling on the international community and human rights organizations to put pressure on the Iranian government to stop further executions of political prisoners in Iran.