Kurdish writers and cultural activists, as well as PEN International, have voiced concerns over the fate of two Iranian Kurdish writers that the Turkish police have held in pre-trial detention for several months in Mardin area.
They call for their immediate release and urge support from both the international human rights organizations and the Iranian ministry of foreign affairs.
Find below the petition that demands the release of the two Iranian Kurdish writers, and click on the following link to see the Pen International statement (http://bit.ly/2n8uC6s).
“The unlawful arrest and detention of Kurdish cultural activists and writers, Jahanfard (also known as Jiyar) and Hasan Balade, in Turkey, have raised contradictory news and fears among cultural and human rights activists in the region in the past few months.
Jahanfard (Jiyar), who is a writer, journalist and researcher, has so far published several books and articles about Kurdish literature, language and culture. and he is considered a notable author with significant contributions to the field of Kurdish folklore studies in Iran.
He travelled to the city of Mardin in Turkey with his friend Balade to make contacts with Turkish publishers that would be interested in such works from the neighboring country,
Balade is an engineer who had looked forward to applying in the Mardin Artuklu University to continue his studies. He is also a Kurdish translator, journalist and researcher who has translated and written many articles on Kurdish literature and culture especially about Kurdish Kurmanji culture. He works as a board member of Hojan journal beside his other work as a Kurdish translator for the ‘’Say Hello’’ website.
The Turkish police arrested both of them in Mardin where they have remained detained for several months.
Although many efforts have been made by their solicitors and also international human rights organizations in the past few months, Turkish officials have unfortunately refrained from looking at the cases of the two Iranian nationals or making any comments about their situation while, according to their Turkish solicitors, no formal charges have been filed against these two individuals and they have been arrested and held in custody only based on baseless accusations.
The Turkish authorities have not allowed Jahanfard and Balade to have any contacts with their families after their pre-trial detention.
Their families have serious concerns over their health and safety since they have not heard from them for several months.
We the undersigned believe that Balade and Jahanfard are victims of false detention and demand that the Turkish authorities urgently free both of the two writers.
We also kindly call on all NGOs, human rights organizations, layers and individuals to speak out for their release.
We also urge the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic republic of Iran to take possible legal actions to help the release of these two Iranian citizens detained on false accusations in Turkey.”
2.Seyed Shahab Barzanji
3.Qoteb Aldin Sadeqi
16.Syed Mehrdad Baqeri
34.Farideh Yazdan Panah
39.Maziyar Nazar Beygi
54.Syed Morad Mosavi
58.Arash Rajabi Kermanshhai
64.Yasin Mirzaei Kalhor
65.Arash fatehi bokanich
83.Arshak Rouf Gonbadi
102.Haj ali Moradi
113.Asoo Rahim Zadegan
114.Mohamad Mohamad Amini
115.Habibolahe Ariya Nejad
125.Mohamad Tofiq Asadi
148.Vahid Nazari Kermanshahi
151.Parisa Ja’fari Mehr
153.Mohamad Javad Jaliliyan
164.Amir Saeid Jaliliyan
188.Ehasn Mohamad Rahimi
190.Gol jahan Jahangiri
191.Roholah Latif Nejad
198.Mohamad Moradi Nasari
204.Sodabe Ali Mohamadi
207.Farshad Soleyman Nejad
221.Neda Rashidpour Kalhor
223.Amin Rahimi Nejad
231.Saeid Erfan Gilani