Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Sharif Behruz. I was born in Eastern Kurdistan in the suburb of Naghadeh, a city in the Orumieh province in North West Iran. I was only 4 years old when the revolution in Iran resulted in the uprisings across the country, Kurdistan included. The collapse of the dictatorial monarchy of Pahlavi dynasty gave full rise to the Kurdish national movement in Iran; Kurdish political parties geared up their activities for freedom and self-rule.
Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) was one of those political parties that championed the national aspirations of the Kurdish people in Iran and its programme and policies were supported by an overwhelming majority. Like thousands of energetic and freedom thirsty activists, my father joined the PDKI in the early days of the revolution which led to an eventual down-slide of our family into the political mess and instability that was soon created following the Mullahs’ hijack of the revolution.
Living and growing up in Iranian Kurdistan for much of my teenage life, I have witnessed upfront violations of human rights, police brutalities and lawlessness something that ordinary Iranians especially nationalities, among them Kurds, face on daily basis.
A decade long violence of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and other repressive forces of the regime drove many of the resistance groups, including the PDKI, out of the country. We were among countless other Kurdish family members of dissidents and opposition activists who were forcefully evicted from Iran into neighboring Iraq in the late 1980s resulting in an exodus of Iranian Kurds. Following going through a cumbersome and at the same time dangerous and risky period of refugee process in Iraq and Turkey we finally settled in Canada in 1994.
In 2001, I graduated from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario with an honours BA degree in Political Science. I have been a member of PDKI since 1995. I served in various committees following my membership till 2003 when I was appointed the representative of the Party to Canada. In 2007, I was appointed to head the Party’s representation in the US, a position I held until the end of October 2012.
Currently. I am also the President of the newly formed non-profit organization “Iran Roundtable” “http://www.iranroundtable.org“. Iran Roundtable is organized exclusively for advocacy and educational purposes, more specifically to advance the economic, physical, cultural and social life of Iranians, Iranian-Americans by establishing, maintaining and supporting a community-wide coalition or coalition of organizations.
I have also worked and continue to work with a number of research and advising firms.
I live with my two children, Dilan and Doreen and my wife Shirin in London, Ontario, Canada.