Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan issued a statement on the recognition of 1988 mass execution of political prisoners in Iran as a ‘crime against humanity’ by Canada’s Parliament. The full text of the statement is as follow:
PDKI statement on Canadian Parliament’s recognition of the 1988 mass murder of political prisoners as a ‘crime against humanity’
On Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Canada’s Parliament adopted a motion establishing September 1st as a day of solidarity with political prisoners in Iran and recognized the mass murder of political prisoners in Iran in the summer of 1988 as a ‘crime against humanity’. This was a right and well-merited decision in the eyes of freedom loving Iranians in general and the Kurdish nation in particular.
We as the Kurdish people in Iran and the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) who have had the greater share of the Iranian regime’s onslaught and terror, consider the Canadian Parliament’s decision as a defence of justice and upholding fundamental human rights. Moreover, we regard it as solidarity with the struggle of Iranian nationalities for freedom—who are striving tirelessly to establish a peaceful and democratic authority in this Iran.
Without a doubt, this recognition by Canada’s Parliament, and the decision of Canada’s Foreign Affairs in September of last year in closing Iran’s embassy and expelling its diplomats from Canada is indicative of Canada’s solidarity with the democracy movement in Iran in general, and Iranian Kurds in particular. Furthermore, it proves that the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran is not only a threat to Iran and its people’s freedom and welfare, but it is also a serious threat to regional countries in spreading war and bloodshed. We witness this today from its unequivocal support and assistance to the regime of Bashar al-Assad aimed at its continued onslaught in Syria and its spill-over into Lebanon.
Undoubtedly, in order to rid Iran, once and for all, from this regime and to establish a democratic and secular government, the people of Iran, all nationalities included, need international community’s support and assistance. This course of action by Canada’s Parliament is in that direction. Nothing less than this is what is expected from a democratic country like Canada.
The PDKI, along with applauding this pertinent move, extends its admiration and gratitude to Canada’s Parliament. We hope that such recognition becomes the spark of international solidarity and harmony directed at changing the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan
June 8, 2013