Execution of Mostafa Salimi; grave violation of human rights and crime against Kurds


KMMK strongly condemned the execution of political prisoner Mostafa Salimi by the Islamic Republic of Iran and calling it a grave violation of human rights and a crime against humanity.

Mostafa Salimi has spent the past 17 years in prison and has been unjustly sentenced to death. Membership in a Kurdish opposition party and “war against God and state/ armed robbery”, known as Moharebeh in Islamic court, are two charges which the Iranian government has sentenced this political prisoner to death. There were no credible evidence or credible witness on the armed robbery charge by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Residents of areas where the Iranian government claimed that Mustafa Salimi had committed armed robbery, have denied the claim and testified that they had never seen he had done so. Effectively the only charge remained was “membership in Kurdish opposition parties”.

The judge in the case of Mostafa Salimi was infamous judge Alireza Goudini who is known by the locals for his special role on putting pressure on Kurdish poetical activists and by ruling harsh and unjust sentences of long imprisonment and executions.

This political prisoner was imprisoned in the Iranian prisons of Saqqez and Sanneh and had no leave permission even for a single day during his seventeen years of imprisonment.

Mustafa Salimi was able to escape from the government prison in Saqqez on 28th of March 2020, along with seventy other prisoners, and managed to reach to the Kurdish city of Penjwin. There he was detained by the security forces of KRG, known as Asayish, and extradited to the Iranian government.

This political activist from eastern Kurdistan has then been handed over to the Iranian forces in Ramadan military base by the Sulaimaniyah Special Anti-Terror Forces.

KMMK strongly condemns the execution of this political prisoner. This execution is an act of retaliatory measure and Iranian government by doing so wants to frighten political prisoners in eastern Kurdistan and silence the political activists.

On this basis, KMMK calls on the international communities, especially United Nations and UN’s Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, to condemn this crime and to order Islamic Republic of Iran to bind to its duties and obligations to respect human rights and the rights of prisoners.
Kurdistan human rights Association