10 September 2018
The Socialist International expresses its outrage and condemns the missile attack carried out by the Islamic Republic of Iran over the weekend against the headquarters of two SI Iranian member parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP-Iran) and the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), located in Northern Iraq.
The headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP-Iran) was deliberated targeted while its central committee was in session with senior leaders, resulting in the tragic deaths of 16 of its members and the injury of close to 50. The Iranian regime also targeted the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) and nearby refugee camps in Koya. The Socialist International conveys its deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and comrades of those killed in the attack, and its solidarity with those injured.
This targeted onslaught against the Iranian Kurds over the weekend began with news of the execution of three Kurdish political prisoners by the Iranian regime, including Ramin Hossein Panahi of the SI member Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KPIK), whose plight the SI had previously drawn attention to and who was subject of numerous appeals by the international community and human rights organisations.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has violated the national sovereignty of a neighbouring country, targeted innocent civilians and contravened international law. The Socialist International calls on the entire international community to unequivocably denounce these unacceptable acts.