Jun 28, 2011

Post Demonstration: A Heaven for Anti-Freedom Terrorists

A Heaven for Anti-Freedom Terrorists
Federation of Civil Society Organizations
27/06/2011, Suleymaniah

The attempt to assassinate Karwan Kamal, a lawyer and civil society activist, at 11pm on 26/06/2011, proofed one more time, the concerns voiced by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Reporters without Borders, the EU and other international organizations about the deterioration of the respect, protection and fulfillment of human rights in Iraqi Kurdistan Region. It is shameful that the Kurdistan Regional Government is providing one excuse after another, for the continued "defamation" of Kurdistan by those reports through its apathy and unwillingness to find and sue those terrorists who are committing intimidations against civil society activists and make their names and affiliations public.

This recent terrorist attack is targeting a young, enthusiastic and caring lawyer who volunteered as an unpaid attorney for the families of the victims of February 17th. This attack is a terrifying message for all of the freedom seekers in Kurdistan and it is a clear statement about the unfounded claims of security and prosperity in the region. Those who participated in the demonstrations and are criticizing the shortcomings of the political system in the region are denied the right of security, if not the right of life itself. This attack, underscores the worries of many in the region, that civil society activists, intellectuals and journalists should be always expecting the dark, antihuman and tragic forces which took such young and vibrant lives as Sardashd Othman and Soran MamaHama.

Post Demonstration: Lawyer was shot injured in Sulaimaniya, Iraq

Lawyer was shot injured in Sulaimaniya, Iraq
CPT Iraq, June 27 2011

A Kurdish lawyer Karwan Kamal was shot at 11:20 pm, 26th June, 2011. One bullet went through his left foot and broke two bones. He was attacked by an unknown armed man at a parking lot. He said: "when I was paying the money, I suddenly felt pain in my leg. I fell and saw a man with traditional Kurdish clothes aiming at my head with a hand gun. I jumped over a low wall to protect myself." He said the armed man shot a total of five bullets and left in a private car close by.

Karwan was an active participant in the 2 months demonstrations against the corruption of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), started in February and ended on 19th April because of the violent response from the government against the protesters. After the crack down on the demonstrations by the government, some leaders were arrested, abducted and beaten up, and followed. Karwan has been trying to collect those cases. Ten days ago, many involved in the protests heard there was a list of 200 leaders composed by the security force of protesters who were to be arrested or killed. It appears that Karwan is the first victim from that list.

Karwan is in the hospital now. The surgery was done and he was able to receive visitors.