Date: Jun 2, 1999 [ 0: 0: 0]

Subject: DNI-NEWS Digest - 31 May 1999 to 1 Jun 1999

From: Automatic digest processor


Return-Path: <owner-DNI-NEWS@D-N-I.ORG>
Delivered-To: farhad@ALGONET.SE
Received: (qmail 8648 invoked from network); 2 Jun 1999 09:00:13 +0200
Received: from simorgh.gpg.com (205.158.6.22)
by tung.algonet.se with SMTP; 2 Jun 1999 09:00:13 +0200
Received: from simorgh (simorgh [205.158.6.22])
by simorgh.gpg.com (8.9.3/8.9.3) with ESMTP id AAA05925;
Wed, 2 Jun 1999 00:00:01 -0700 (PDT)
Message-Id: <199906020700.AAA05925@simorgh.gpg.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 1999 00:00:00 -0700
Reply-To: dni-disc@D-N-I.ORG
Sender: DNI news list <DNI-NEWS@D-N-I.ORG>
From: Automatic digest processor <D-N-I@D-N-I.ORG>
Subject: DNI-NEWS Digest - 31 May 1999 to 1 Jun 1999
To: Recipients of DNI-NEWS digests <DNI-NEWS@D-N-I.ORG>

There is one message totalling 127 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. DEFEND REFUGEE ACTIVISTS DETAINED IN IRAQI KURDISTAN

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Date: Tue, 1 Jun 1999 16:36:55 EDT
From: CHAIRNGO@AOL.COM
Subject: DEFEND REFUGEE ACTIVISTS DETAINED IN IRAQI KURDISTAN

For Release June 1, 1999
Press Release
DEFEND REFUGEE ACTIVISTS DETAINED
IN IRAQI KURDISTAN

New York, June 1, 1998: On May 30, 1999 Habibollah Abdullahi,
the International Federation of Iranian Refugees (IFIR) Erbil
branch representative, and Abdullah Veissi, a member of
that branchís Executive Committee, were arrested by the
Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) of Iraq. The pretext given for
the arrests was IFIRís "illegal activities." In reality, however, it
was IFIRís successful efforts in organizing the protests of
Iranian refugees that prompted the reactionary KDP of Iraq to
detain our activists and deem our activities illegal.

IFIR unequivocally condemns the imprisonment of our activists
and demands their immediate and unconditional release. IFIR
holds the KDP of Iraq responsible for their lives and safety. IFIR
also calls upon the UNHCR to intervene on behalf of these two
refugees and prevent their refoulement (forcible return) to the
Islamic Republic of Iran.

Iranian refugees have always faced serious threats to their lives
and security in Iraqi Kurdistan. The Iranian government has
an extensive surveillance and assassination machinery in that
region. In addition, Iraqi Kurdistan is in the hands of factions
that have committed untold atrocities and used Iranian refugees
as bargaining chips. Moreover, Iranian refugees languish in
Iraqi Kurdistan for years without basic amenities and
limited possibilities for resettlement. It is under these
horrendous conditions that these two activists have struggled
for refugee rights.

Only critical international support and solidarity will ensure the
safety of these human rights defenders in Iraqi Kurdistan. Any
delay in defending them will increase the possibility of their
being handed over to the brutal Islamic Republic of Iran. Their
lives are in our hands. We must not fail them.

We call on groups and individuals to demand their immediate
and unconditional release by sending protest e-mails and faxes
to the KDP of Iraq with copies to the UNHCR and the
"Kurdish Regional Government."

Send protest e-mails or faxes to the KDP of Iraq:
* KDP International Relations, Committee-Washington,
e-mail: Kdpusa@aol.com, tel: (202) 331 9505,
fax: (202) 331 9506, address: 1015 18th Street, NW,
Suite 704, Washington, DC 20036.
* KDP International Relations Committee-London,
e-mail: KdpEurope@aol.com, tel: +44 171 931 7764,
fax: +44 171 931 7765, address: PO Box 7725,
London SW1V 3ZD, UK.

Send copies of your protest faxes and e-mails to
the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and the UNHCR:

* KRG Representation in the United States,
e-mail: usrep@krg.org, tel: 301-523-6060, fax: 301-946-1383.
* KRG Representation in the United Kingdom,
e-mail: krguk@aol.com, tel: +44 171 808 7512,
fax: +44 171 808 7513.
* UNHCR Erbil and Baghdad: unhcr-erbil@un.org,
irqba@unhcr.ch.

Send IFIR copies as well:

* International Federation of Iranian Refugees, ifiric@aol.com.

Your solidarity can and will make a difference.

SAMPLE LETTER

DATE

KDP International Relations, Committee-Washington
1015 18th Street, NW, Suite 704
Washington, DC 20036, USA
Kdpusa@aol.com
via fax: (202) 331 9506

KDP International Relations Committee-London
PO Box 7725
London SW1V 3ZD, UK
KdpEurope@aol.com
via fax: +44 171 931 7765

I am / my organization is writing to demand the immediate and
unconditional release of Habibollah Abdullahi and Abdullah Veissi,
activists of the International Federation of Iranian Refugees (IFIR).
The Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) of Iraq arrested these
individuals on May 30, 1999.

I / my organization hold(s) the KDP responsible for their lives and
safety.

I / my organization await(s) your immediate action in this matter.

Sincerely,

Name
Organization
Contact Information


CC:
* KRG Representation in the United States, e-mail: usrep@krg.org,
tel: 301-523-6060, fax: 301-946-1383.
* KRG Representation in the United Kingdom, e-mail: krguk@aol.com,
tel: +44 171 808 7512, fax: +44 171 808 7513.
* UNHCR Erbil and Baghdad: unhcr-erbil@un.org, irqba@unhcr.ch.
* International Federation of Iranian Refugees, ifiric@aol.com.

For more information, contact Maryam Namazie, International
Federation of Iranian Refugees (IFIR), GPO, P. O. Box 7051
New York, NY 10116, USA. Phone: 212-747-1046.
Fax: 212-425-7260. Email: ifiric@aol.com.

------------------------------

End of DNI-NEWS Digest - 31 May 1999 to 1 Jun 1999
**************************************************