October 12, 2009
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Kurdish prisoners have been raped in Iranian prisons since 1979 - By Loghman H. Ahmedi

Documents showing that regimes around the world use rape as a tool to curb political dissent have been brought to public light during different wars and internal disputes. There have been several reports of arrested protestors being raped in various prisons in Iran since the Presidential (s)election on June 12th of this year.

So-called reformist leaders like Mehdi Karroubi, Mir-Hussein Moussavi and Mohammed Khatemi have on different occasions raised the issue of protestors being raped in Iranian prisons. What is strange about these so-called reformist leaders sudden concern about these rape-victims is the fact that all of them have, during the past 30 years, in one way or the other, either silently or directly, approved of rape being used as a tool to curb Kurdish resistance to the theocracy.

The first time I heard of a Kurdish prisoner being raped in one of Iran’s prisons was when I was only 13 years old. An old Kurdish political activist talked about how he used to take secret massages from the Kurdish liberation movement to different cities in Iranian Kurdistan. On one occasion, he was captured by the Revolutionary Guards in the city of Mariwan in 1983. He had been ordered by his Kurdish officers not to reveal the content of the coded message for at least four days in the event of being captured.

According to the Kurdish activist, the Guards began torturing him one hour after that they had captured him and continued to do so for two days. But when he didn’t reveal what the coded message said, the Guards started to force different objects into his body. Stories like this one are not uncommon amongst Kurdish activists, their family members and civilians.

Keep in mind that this was the time when Mir-Hussein Moussavi was the Prime minister of Iran and the same time in which Ayatollah Khomeinie’s “Holy War” was being carried out against the Kurdish people, with the full backing of Moussavi.

It is also common knowledge that Mehdi Karroubi, during his long carrier in the Islamic Republic, was in charge of different prisons in which brutal acts of torture, rape and executions were commonplace. Just yesterday I meet a former Kurdish activist that said that Mehdi Karroubi had personally signed his own as well as several other Kurdish activists’ execution warrant in the mid-1980s. Luckily, he managed to escape from prison,

As for Khatemi, there are scores of testimonies by Kurdish activists of torture, rape and execution during the time of his presidency. During Khatemis
presidency, there were also different groups called Grouhe Fshar (Pressure Groups) that just went around and kidnapped, killed and raped people deemed not to be “Islamic”.  

An yet it seems that these men, all responsible for horrible acts of crimes against humanity, are all of the sudden champions of the rights of those people who have been subjected to the same crimes that they themselves have been responsible for in the past.

In the same way that officials of the Islamic Republic justify these acts against the protesters in Tehran and other Iranian cities, by claiming that they are the enemies of God and his representative on earth (Ayatollah Kahameni), the so-called reformists have justified the same brutal acts against the Kurdish people since 1979 when Ayatollah Khomeini issued his Fatwa labelling the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan “the party of Satan” and declaring a “Holy War” against the Kurdish nation in Iranian Kurdistan.

Loghman H. Ahmedi is the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan’s representative to the United Kingdom. He maintains a blog at


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