Statement by Dr Asso Hassan Zadeh, Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP Iran)’s spokesperson on the 30th anniversary of Ghassemlou’s assassination and in regards to continuing Iranian threats

Today, July 13, marks the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou, Secretary General of the Iranian KDP. Dr. Ghassemlou was assassinated by the emissaries of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Vienna, 1989 while negotiating with them a political solution to the Kurdish issue in Iran.

His assassination was a huge blow for all those who want freedom and democracy in Iran. The pain and indignation caused to our people by the assassination were doubled by the fact that the Austrian government gave in to the blackmail of the Islamic regime of Iran, prevented any judicial proceedings in this case and allowed the assassins to escape justice and go back to Iran.

Thirty years later, Iranian Kurdistan is still under siege and the Iranian Kurds are still victims of repression and discrimination. Despite the fact that we always preferred the political and peaceful means of struggle. But the Islamic Republic gave no response to our legitimate demands other than more oppression and terror.

At this very moment, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps continues its terror by bombing the bases of our party inside Iraqi Kurdistan, without giving any regard to the presence of civilians in these areas. The Iranian regime is also threatening to bomb again the refugee camps near the town of Koya where the families of our members live.

Dr Ghassemlou used to always say that the Kurdish issue in Iran has no military solution. To this day, the Iranian regime does not want to acknowledge this fact and they think that with terror and oppression they will end the determination of our people for freedom, equality and democracy.

We find it difficult to understand how the United States and the Europeans are very sensitive to the destabilizing behavior of the Iranian regime in the Gulf and other areas of the region, but are so indifferent and silent when it comes to what the Iranian regime is doing to the Iranian Kurds inside and outside Iranian Kurdistan. The crime that the islamic regime of Tehran committed on September 8, 2018 by attacking the headquarters of our party in Koysanjaq with missiles, killing 16 of our members and wounding many women and children, is a clear example of that.

Therefore, we urge the international community, including the United States and Europe, to give a clear warning to the Islamic Republic in this regard.