For more of the latest Kurdish news, see these sources:

 

ANF English: https://anfenglishmobile.com/

Hawar News: https://hawarnews.com/en/

Rojhelat: http://rojhelat.info/en/

Komun Academy: https://komun-academy.com

CHRI: https://www.iranhumanrights.org/

Iran Human Rights: https://iranhr.net/en/

Kurdistan Press Agency: https://kurdpa.net/en

Kurdistan24: https://www.kurdistan24.net/en

Rudaw: https://www.rudaw.net/english

Al-Monitor: https://www.al-monitor.com

KHRN: http://kurdistanhumanrights.org/en

KMMK: https://kmmk-ge.org/

Hengaw: https://hengaw.net/en

 

 

NEWS

1. A Kolbar was wounded due to firings of government troops in the heights of “Tahteh” in Hawraman

2. IHR Calls on International Community to Save Heydar Ghorbani’s Life

3. Armed Kurdish group claims killed Iranian paramilitary official

4. A report about Mohammad Rahimi, a political prisoner sentenced to death

5. Hawraman’s walnut trees threatened with extinction

6. Kurdistan, Iran work to strengthen trade ties

7. Golaleh Moradi is under pressure to sign false confession from Iranian secret services

8. Detention of two Kurdish nationals from Sanandaj to serve their sentenced in prison

9. Sanandaj; Removal of Kurdish language from official boards of Kurdistan University

10. Divandarreh; Arrest of Chero Ahmadi, Kurdish language teacher

11. Latest report on Nasrin Kianpour, a political prisoner in Evin Prison

12. Four human rights organizations in a join statement condemned the threat against the families of members of the Hangaw organization

13. Lawyers, Activists Arrested as they Attempt to Sue State for Failed COVID Response

14. KRG to discuss water shortage with Turkey, Iran: statement

15. Young man murdered by Iranian forces at Şemdinli border

16. Kurdish Political Prisoner Heydar Ghorbani at Imminent Risk of Execution After Retrial Denied by Supreme Court

17. Brutal killing of family renews spotlight on domestic violence in Iranian Kurdistan

18. Musician Marjan Farsad’s New Song Pays Tribute to Iranian Political Prisoners

19. PJAK releases identity of two of its fighters killed in clashes with IRGC

20. Erbil court sentences 3 to death in killing of Iranian Kurdish commander

21. Top Sunni cleric laments Iran’s discrimination against minorities

22. Total Control Over Internet Use in Iran Sought by Security Agencies with New Legislation

23. Detention of a woman in Bokan

24. U.S., EU Must Speak Out Forcefully to Avoid Further Bloodshed in Iran

25. Iraqi Kurdistan water crisis blamed on climate and Iran

26. Fair brings culture of Iranian Kurdistan to Duhok

27. UNESCO adds Iranian Kurdistan’s Hawraman to World Heritage List

28. IHR Gravely Concerned About Fate of Detained Protesters and Rising Death Toll

29. ‘Death to the dictator’: water shortage protests reach Iranian capital

30. How water has become a flashpoint in the Middle East

31. Rising COVID Infections, Unhygienic Conditions Raise Fears of More Deaths in Iranian Prisons

 

OPINION

1. The Statement of the Democratic Platform of Iran in Support of Protests and Demands for the Rights of Women and All other liberation People of Afghanistan

2. The hundreds of years of brotherhood of the Kurdish and Azeri nations in Naghadeh should be preserved.

3. The Shengal Resistance was the liberation of the Kurdish people and women

4. PJAK: Hewraman has performed a significant historical role in the development of Kurdistan civilization

5. The East Kurdish Women’s Association KJAR launches campaign against child marriage

 

REPORTS

1. The Life of an Iranian Child Bride: An Animation by Marjan Farsad

2. Fact Sheet: LGBTQ Community in Iran Faces Deadly Violence and Severe Rights Abuses

3. The Arts and Human Rights: Introducing the “Sweet Destiny” Album and Film

4. Sirwan Massacre: 35 years since tragedy hits displaced Kurds in Halabja area

5. Human rights violations (Kurdpa)

6. Monthly report: Human rights violations in Iranian Kurdistan

 


 

NEWS

1. A Kolbar was wounded due to firings of government troops in the heights of “Tahteh” in Hawraman

31 August 2021 | Kurdpa

On Tuesday, August 24th, a Kurdish Kolbar named “Maroof Advaei” from the village of “Slen” in the city of Sarvabad was wounded by government troops in the heights of “Tahteh” in Hawraman.

https://kurdpa.net/en/news/a-kolbar-was-wounded-due-to-firings-of-government-troops-in-the-heights-of-tahteh-in-hawraman

 

2. IHR Calls on International Community to Save Heydar Ghorbani’s Life

29 August 2021 | IHR

Relatives of Kurdish political prisoner Heydar Ghorbani tell IHR he is due to be executed in the coming days. He was sentenced to death on charges of baghy (armed rebellion) without any evidence or a confession. Iran Human Rights calls for his execution to be immediately halted and asks the international community for urgent action to save his life.

https://iranhr.net/en/articles/4866/

 

3. Armed Kurdish group claims killed Iranian paramilitary official

29 August 2021 | Rudaw

An Iranian-Kurdish opposition group claimed on Sunday to have killed an official from Iran’s Basij paramilitary force. Taher Pourdaranab, labeled a “notorious spy,” was in charge of a Basij base in Mahabad, West Azerbaijan province…

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/29082021

 

4. A report about Mohammad Rahimi, a political prisoner sentenced to death

29 August 2021 | Hengaw

A political prisoner from Bokan was arrested three years ago by the security services of the Islamic Republic of Iran and sentenced to death. The news of his arrest and death sentence has not been reported in the media.

https://hengaw.net/en/news/a-report-about-mohammad-rahimi-a-political-prisoner-sentenced-to-death

 

5. Hawraman’s walnut trees threatened with extinction

28 August 2021 | Rudaw

The famous walnut trees in Hawraman, on the Kurdistan Region’s border with Iran, are under the threat of extinction due to drought.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/28082021

 

6. Kurdistan, Iran work to strengthen trade ties

27 August 2021 | K24

Dozens of business leaders from the Kurdistan Region and Iran held a symposium on Friday to enhance cooperation and promote trade between the region and its eastern neighbor.

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/story/25384-Kurdistan,-Iran-work-to-strengthen-trade-ties

 

7. Golaleh Moradi is under pressure to sign false confession from Iranian secret services

25 August 2021 | Hengaw

Golaleh Moradi has been sent back and forth from prison to secret services detention center for interrogation and has been tortured and forced to sign a false confession otherwise they will detain her two sons who they had them detained with her initially. And threatened if she does not confess to what they want, her sons will face heavy consequences.

https://hengaw.net/en/news/golaleh-moradi-is-under-pressure-to-sign-false-confession-from-iranian-secret-services

 

8. Detention of two Kurdish nationals from Sanandaj to serve their sentenced in prison

22 August 2021 | Hengaw

on Monday, August 16, 2021, two Kurdish nationals from Tangisar village in  Sanandaj County, Sirvan Arghawani and Farzad Sadeqian, were arrested to serve their six months sentenced and transferred to Sanandaj Central Prison… accused of collaboration with a kurdish opposition party known as the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan.

https://hengaw.net/en/news/detention-of-two-kurdish-nationals-from-sanandaj-to-serve-their-sentenced-in-prison

 

9. Sanandaj; Removal of Kurdish language from official boards of Kurdistan University

22 August 2021 | Kurdpa

The Basij student of Kurdistan University removed the Kurdish language from the official boards of this university. This action of Kurdistan University Basij student has caused dissatisfaction among the student activists of this university and so far the university officials have not commented in this regard.

https://kurdpa.net/en/news/sanandaj-removal-of-kurdish-language-from-official-boards-of-kurdistan-university

 

10. Divandarreh; Arrest of Chero Ahmadi, Kurdish language teacher

21 August 2021 | Kurdpa

On Monday, August 16th, Chero (Jaleh) Ahmadi, a Kurdish language teacher and a member of the board of directors of the Zagros Cultural and Social Institute in Divandarreh, was arrested by security forces and taken to an unknown location.

https://kurdpa.net/en/news/divandarreh-arrest-of-chero-ahmadi-kurdish-language-teacher

 

11. Latest report on Nasrin Kianpour, a political prisoner in Evin Prison

19 August 2021 | Hengaw

Nasrin Kianpour, a 34-year-old Kurdish national from Bijar and a residing in Sanandaj, was arrested by security forces in Tehran on Friday, July 18, 2021…accused of collaborating with Kurdish opposition parties and supporting terrorism by Iranian secret services …

https://hengaw.net/en/news/hengaw-latest-report-on-nasrin-kianpour-a-political-prisoner-in-evin-prison

 

12. Four human rights organizations in a join statement condemned the threat against the families of members of the Hangaw organization

19 August 2021 | Hengaw

Four human rights organizations active in Kurdistan issued a statement condemning the threat of two members of the board committee of Hengaw Human Rights Organization…

https://hengaw.net/en/news/four-human-rights-organizations-in-a-join-statement-condemned-the-threat-against-the-families-of-members-of-the-hangaw-organization

 

13. Lawyers, Activists Arrested as they Attempt to Sue State for Failed COVID Response

17 August 2021 | CHRI

The unlawful arrests of six prominent lawyers and civil rights activists in Tehran as they were preparing to file a lawsuit against state officials for their gross mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic is an indication of the worsening human rights situation under the newly inaugurated President Ebrahim Raisi and new Judiciary Chief Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejei.

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2021/08/lawyers-activists-arrested-as-they-attempt-to-sue-state-for-failed-covid-response/

 

14. KRG to discuss water shortage with Turkey, Iran: statement

15 August 2021 | Rudaw

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced a new plan to fight water scarcity in the Region, which includes meeting with Turkish and Iranian authorities, its media department said in a statement late Friday.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/130820214

 

15. Young man murdered by Iranian forces at Şemdinli border

15 August 2021 | ANF

Iranian forces murdered a young man at the border with the Kurdish region of Turkey. According to the report, 20-year-old Rüstem Çakmak was killed in the village of Şikevtan, in Şemdinli district of Hakkari.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/kurdistan/young-man-murdered-by-iranian-forces-at-Semdinli-border-54188

 

16. Kurdish Political Prisoner Heydar Ghorbani at Imminent Risk of Execution After Retrial Denied by Supreme Court

12 August 2021 | IHR

Branch 2 of the Supreme Court rejected Heydar Ghorbani’s request for a retrial according to Article 477 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CCP), and his case has instead been sent to the Judgement Enforcement for implementation. Heydar Ghorbani is a Kurdish political prisoner in Sanandaj Central Prison who was sentenced to death on charges of baghy

https://iranhr.net/en/articles/4855/

 

17. Brutal killing of family renews spotlight on domestic violence in Iranian Kurdistan

07 August 2021 | Rudaw

The sound of pained wails travelled down the street from the Mandumi family residence in the Kurdish city of Sanandaj on Saturday morning. Mourners gathered at the residence in the Faizawa neighborhood to pay their respects to the family which was killed in yet another tragic case of fatal domestic violence that has shocked many in Kurdish areas of western Iran.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/070820213

 

18. Musician Marjan Farsad’s New Song Pays Tribute to Iranian Political Prisoners

05 August 2021 | CHRI

Iranian American musician and songwriter Marjan Farsad released a new song today about political prisoners in Iran, a country where people are jailed for peacefully exercising basic human rights such as free speech.

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2021/08/musician-marjan-farsads-new-song-pays-tribute-to-iranian-political-prisoners/

 

19. PJAK releases identity of two of its fighters killed in clashes with IRGC

04 August 2021 | Rudaw

The Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK) on Wednesday released the identities of two of its members that were killed when clashes erupted with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in western Iran last week.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/070820213

 

20. Erbil court sentences 3 to death in killing of Iranian Kurdish commander

02 August 2021 | Rudaw

Erbil’s criminal court on Monday sentenced three people to death for the 2018 murder of a Kurdish Iranian commander.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/020820212

 

21. Top Sunni cleric laments Iran’s discrimination against minorities

30 July 2021 | Al-Monitor

The highest-ranking and most popular Sunni cleric in Iran, Mawlawi Abdul-Hamid, expressed concern for the overall situation of minorities in Iran under the Islamic Republic, saying the same ethnicities in neighboring countries and the Persian Gulf region “are better off.”…

The cleric also raised the same concern about Iran’s Kurdish community, whose fellows “are doing way better in neighboring Iraq and Turkey … while in Iran, they do suffer from extreme discrimination.”

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/07/top-sunni-cleric-laments-irans-discrimination-against-minorities

 

22. Total Control Over Internet Use in Iran Sought by Security Agencies with New Legislation

30 July 2021 | CHRI

In a bid to sidestep public scrutiny of a contentious new bill that would give Iran’s security agencies near-total control over internet use inside the country, the Iranian Parliament has voted to refer the bill to an internal committee that has the power to pass legislation without full parliamentary review.

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2021/07/total-control-over-internet-use-in-iran-sought-by-security-agencies-with-new-legislation/

 

23. Detention of a woman in Bokan

29 July 2021 | Kurdpa

On the evening of Saturday, July 24th, a Kurdish citizen named “Kajal Amini”, the daughter of Rasoul from Bokan, was arrested by security forces. This citizen was arrested after clashes between Revolutionary Guards forces and forces of a Kurdish party in Bokan.

https://kurdpa.net/en/news/detention-of-a-woman-in-bokan

 

24. U.S., EU Must Speak Out Forcefully to Avoid Further Bloodshed in Iran

29 July 2021 | CHRI

As state security forces in Iran continue to violently suppress peaceful protests that erupted in Khuzestan province and have since spread to other areas of the country, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) calls on the U.S. and European countries to condemn the government’s lethal use of force against the protesters…

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2021/07/u-s-eu-must-speak-out-forcefully-to-avoid-further-bloodshed-in-iran/

 

25. Iraqi Kurdistan water crisis blamed on climate and Iran

29 July 2021 | Al-Monitor

Citizens in the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, Erbil, are now buying water at prices exceeding $50 per tanker, as water has been cut off for more than two weeks in most areas of the Kurdish capital… In an interview with Al-Monitor, Kurdish activist Murad Majid said he considers Iran’s water cut a war on Kurdistan Region, adding this is not the first time Iran has cut off water from Iraq and Kurdistan Region in particular.

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/07/iraqi-kurdistan-water-crisis-blamed-climate-and-iran

 

26. Fair brings culture of Iranian Kurdistan to Duhok

28 July 2021 | K24

Entering the Iranian Kurdistan fair in Duhok, there’s an immediate feeling of familiarity with the culture and craftsmanship on display. Distinctive carpets, Kurdish dress, traditional kalash shoes, and handmade vases are all laid out among 20 shops set up for the fair, along with jewelry made from beautiful stones and Daf drums.

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/story/25122-Fair-brings-culture-of-Iranian-Kurdistan-to-Duhok

 

27. UNESCO adds Iranian Kurdistan’s Hawraman to World Heritage List

27 July 2021 | K24

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has inducted the Kurdish-majority region of Iran known as Hawraman into its World Heritage List.

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/story/25119-UNESCO-adds-Iranian-Kurdistan%E2%80%99s-Hawraman-to-World-Heritage-List

 

28. IHR Gravely Concerned About Fate of Detained Protesters and Rising Death Toll

26 July 2021 | CHRI

Eleven days after the peaceful Khuzestan protests began due to water shortages, protests have spread to Isfahan, Kurdistan, East Azerbaijan, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, North Khorasan, Lorestan, Bushehr, Alborz and Tehran provinces. There are also reports of live ammunition being used to suppress the protests resulting in at least ten protesters being killed in Khuzestan and Lorestan and widespread arrests across Iran.

https://iranhr.net/en/articles/4826/

 

29. ‘Death to the dictator’: water shortage protests reach Iranian capital

26 July 2021 | Rudaw

Water protests reached the streets of Tehran on Monday as anger grows over water shortages and a lack of basic services. Scores of angry protesters gathered on the capital’s Jomhouri street chanting against the government, and specifically the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/26072021

 

30. How water has become a flashpoint in the Middle East

23 July 2021 | Al-Monitor

The disruption of water supply has long been a potential catalyst for conflict or instability in the arid Middle East. But it’s never been as prominent a risk as it is now… Iran’s water crisis is not limited to Khuzestan province, but that is where it is more acutely felt, and it is exacerbated by Iran’s energy crisis.

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/07/how-water-has-become-flashpoint-middle-east

 

31. Rising COVID Infections, Unhygienic Conditions Raise Fears of More Deaths in Iranian Prisons

22 July 2021 | CHRI

The start of a fifth COVID-19 wave in Iran, amidst national water and electricity shortages and unhygienic prison conditions, has greatly increased the risks of outbreaks among prisoners, some of whom have died and a growing number of whom are testing positive for the virus.

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2021/07/rising-covid-infections-unhygienic-conditions-raise-fears-of-more-deaths-in-iranian-prisons/

 

OPINION

1. The Statement of the Democratic Platform of Iran in Support of Protests and Demands for the Rights of Women and All other liberation People of Afghanistan

22 August 2021 | Rojhelat

While announcing its support for the protests of various peoples and factions in Afghanistan against the Taliban retardation, the Iranian Democratic Platform has emphasized the solidarity of the liberation.

http://rojhelat.info/en/?p=10662

 

2. The hundreds of years of brotherhood of the Kurdish and Azeri nations in Naghadeh should be preserved.

09 August 2021 | Rojhelat

The Naghadeh’s event, in which a young man was killed in a local conflict, became an excuse for the Iranian regime to opportunistically exploit it politically and the fascist policies. The shop-owners’ strike with the closure of the market is fundamentally a protest against the regime’s racist policies.

http://rojhelat.info/en/?p=10659

 

3. The Shengal Resistance was the liberation of the Kurdish people and women

03 August 2021 | Rojhelat

On the 3rd August 2014, the Yazidi Kurdish people faced the 74th massacre by ISIS and supporters of the global capitalism that was a disgrace to humanity and the Middle East. Today, the danger of massacres other than Shengal still threatens all four parts of Kurdistan.

http://rojhelat.info/en/?p=10657

 

4. PJAK: Hewraman has performed a significant historical role in the development of Kurdistan civilization

02 August 2021 | Rojhelat

The Joint Leadership of the Kurdistan Freedom Life Party (PJAK) has announced a statement declaring the cultural aspect registration of Hewraman by UNESCO World Heritage Site is eligible valued and emphasised the necessity to preserve the identity and society of Hewraman aside from the poisonous mentality of statehood.

http://rojhelat.info/en/?p=10649

 

5. The East Kurdish Women’s Association KJAR launches campaign against child marriage

27 July 2021 | Rojhelat

The Community of Free Women of Eastern Kurdistan (Komalgeha Jinên Azad ên Rojhilatê Kurdistan, KJAR) has launched a campaign against child marriage in Iran. As the women’s association announced, the initiative came about as part of the campaigns against femicide and executions of women that have been going on since the beginning of the year.

http://rojhelat.info/en/?p=10631

 

REPORTS

1. The Life of an Iranian Child Bride: An Animation by Marjan Farsad

30 August 2021 | CHRI

By the age of eleven, “Raha” already had seven children. Married off to a man five times her age, she was in poor health when her situation was accidentally discovered in the Iranian city of Ilham by a charity that was later disbanded by the government.

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2021/08/the-life-of-an-iranian-child-bride-an-animation-by-marjan-farsad/

 

2. Fact Sheet: LGBTQ Community in Iran Faces Deadly Violence and Severe Rights Abuses

26 August 2021 | CHRI

In a new LGBTQ Fact Sheet published today by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), the extreme rights violations and deadly violence perpetrated by both the state and society against the LGBTQ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer) in Iran are highlighted in a concise, accessible format for researchers, journalists, and policymakers

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2021/08/fact-sheet-lgbtq-community-in-iran-faces-deadly-violence-and-severe-rights-abuses/

 

3. The Arts and Human Rights: Introducing the “Sweet Destiny” Album and Film

25 August 2021 | IHR

Pioneering Iranian alternative rock band, Kiosk have released a new musical film and album titled “Sweet Destiny.” Based on a historic 1853 photograph of a public execution by cannon fire in Iran, it is the first professional Farsi language album or film of its kind to be dedicated to the subject of the death penalty.

https://iranhr.net/en/articles/4864/

 

4. Sirwan Massacre: 35 years since tragedy hits displaced Kurds in Halabja area

06 August 2021 | K24

200 Hawrami Kurds, mostly women and children, were killed in fires started by Iranian artillery shelling of the Sirwan area in what is now Halabja province of the Kurdistan Region.

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/story/25201-Sirwan-Massacre:-35-years-since-tragedy-hits-displaced-Kurds-in-Halabja-area.

 

5. Human rights violations

July-August 2021 | Kurdpa

Kurdpa reports at least 13 cases of human rights violations between 26 July and 31 August 2021.

https://kurdpa.net/en/news?Category=Kurdistan

 

6. Monthly report: Human rights violations in Iranian Kurdistan

July 2021 | KHRN

Investigations carried out by the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) show that many Kurdish civilians from Iran have become victims of human rights violations in July 2021.

https://kurdistanhumanrights.org/en

 

 

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