Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) is a non-political, independent and non-profit organization established in France in 2014 by a group of lawyers and human rights activists.
The Kurdistan region of Iran has always been considered a threat to the existence of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is mainly because of region’s particular political, economic, social and cultural status.
On 19 August 1979, Ruholla Khomeini, the then leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, declared jihad against Kurds and the Kurdistan region. The declared jihad quickly led to systematic murder and mass executions across the kurdish region. The burning and destruction of the Kurdish villages of Qarna and Qalatan were only the minor outcomes of the declared jihad. Meanwhile, the hidden dimensions and the scale of the horrible outcomes of the jihad are yet to be revealed in detail for the international community.
Systematic human rights violations have continued in the Kurdistan region since the declaration of the anti-Kurdistan jihad by Khomeini. And, it is this historical background that has caused the Islamic Republic of Iran to always approach the problems in the Kurdish region with a security perspective and it is thus the state always tries to resolve all the problems in the region with heavy-handed measures.
For instance, instead of finding a sensible solution the problems Kurdish courier workers, such as making investments and creating employment opportunities, the Iranian security and armed forces frequently target the courier workers. This has resulted in the killing of hundreds of civilian Kurdish courier workers and tradesmen by the security forces, which in effect is the direct result of the fact that the Iranian government perceives all matters in the Kurdistan region as a security dilemma.
The increasing number of Kurdish political prisoners on death row, the unprecedented wave of mass arrests of Kurdish political, civil and cultural activists, heavy prison sentences, threats and torture of Kurdish activists by the various security and military agencies are all substantiating the fact that the Iranian government considers the Kurdistan region only as a security problem.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has not been questioned for its human rights violations in the Kurdish region, although oppression and discrimination in the Kurdistan region are all too common. Moreover, such human rights violations do not make headlines of the news outlets and human rights reports. It is thus we believe that the human rights violations in the Kurdish region are not being properly dealt with and covered by the media outlets and human rights organizations.
We also believe that the pressure put on Kurdish human rights activists by the Iranian security agencies and the lack of human rights organizations for observatory and documentation of human rights in the Kurdistan region have aided the Iranian government to use the Kurdish region as tongue-tied place for its policies of oppression and discrimination. This is also why the international community has not given sufficient attention to the Kurdish region in comparison to other regions in Iran, although the Kurdish region has been witnessing the highest rates of human rights violations since the foundation of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
KHRN will work on documentation of violations of human rights in Kurdistan according to international standards. It will work to document human rights violations in the Kurdistan region and with due considerations to its financial resources it strives to become an archive of human rights violations in Iranian Kurdistan, to be used as a comprehensive source for public opinion, international organizations, researchers and media outlets.
KHRN has reliable sources inside Iran and works with human rights activists from and outside the country with the purpose of improving and promoting human rights in Kurdish society.
KHRN is committed to work on the following:
- Observatory for human rights: publishing daily reports about the situation of human rights in Iranian Kurdistan in Kurdish, Persian and English languages.
- Documentation: documenting violations of human rights by taking testimonies, gathering evidences and producing documentary reports from and about victims of violations of human rights.
- Identifying violators of human right, reveal them to the international community and if possible take legal actions against them.
- Legal advice to victims of human rights violations, especially in cases of political prisoners, women and children rights.
- Submitting reports and documents of violations of human rights to human rights organizations and utilizing international mechanisms to support victims of human rights violations and attracting public opinions about the situation of human rights in the Kurdistan region.
- Establishing database for Kurdish political prisoners in Iranian prisons.
- Preparing documents and annual reports on violation of human rights of Kolber workers in Iran.