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Families of Badinan detainees call on public opinion to voice concerns

  2021-06-25  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Some of the detained journalists and activists who were arrested in 2020 in Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Photo courtesy of social media- Graphic by Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Families of the Duhoks’ detained protesters, activists and journalists called on the Kurdistan Region’s people and intellectuals to stand up against the lengthy detention of their family members nearly one year after they were arrested in Duhok. 

“We are appealing to all the people and liberals to not keep silent to the persecution being committed against the Badinan detainees, who have endangered their lives for the sake of attaining your right. Show your loyalty and come out from the screens, take stance even if through a social media post or activity,” the families said in a statement, Zhyan News Network obtained a copy of it. 

Between March 2020 and April 2021, Kurdish security forces affiliated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) reportedly cracked down on anti-government protests in Duhok and apprehended over 100 individuals in Duhok governorate alone, and specifically in the Badinan area, northwest of the governorate, Amnesty International reported on June 15.

30 detainees including journalists and activists are still behind the bar. 

In February five of the journalists and activists were sentenced to six years in prison over questionable charges. On Tuesday, journalist Omed Baroshki also sentenced to twelve months in jail and fined with 240,000 Iraqi dinars (around 164 US dollars) for three charges by a court in Erbil. 

He faces other charges and is supposed to stand trial on July 29. 

“Please, please, please, seriously come online as the situation of their detentions is bad.. there are hazardous plans that every activist will be indifferently sentenced,” read the statement. 

The Kurdistan Region has come under local and international scrutiny for the detentions and trails of the six convicts.  

Metro Center for Journalist’s Rights and Advocacy documented nearly 400 violations committed against journalists and media outlets in the Kurdistan Region in 2020.

(Zhyan English)