Shahram Salmani’s brother: PJAK abused the problems in my brother’s life

Following the ongoing talks with the families of the victims of the PKK / PJAK crimes, the Human Rights Watch of Iranian Kurdistan has arranged a conversation with the brother of “Shahram Salmani”, another victim.

Shahram Salmani’s family has no information about their son’s fate, and PJAK only told them that Shahram was with them and did not even allow him to visit his family, even though they requested this multiple times.

One of the constant approaches of militant groups such as PKK / PJAK is that after one or several years after the children are killed, they inform the families that their children have been killed and in most cases do not even inform their burial place.

According to most families, PJAK has often pressured them NOT to talk to the media about their children, so that they can continue to “violate the rights of Kurdish citizens” in the shadow of media silence.

Another point to consider is that the approach of militant groups such as PJAK in the use of children in war is contrary to their commitment under the Geneva Convention not to use children under the age of 18.

Perhaps the deception and abduction of Kurdish teenagers, youth and, of course, children, and then arming and using them for the purposes and interests of the leaders of militant groups such as PJAK and the PKK, is the only achievement and gift of those claiming to defend the rights of the Kurdish people.

In fact, this is a human rights violation that these groups are constantly insisting on.

The full text of the conversation is as follows:

“Shahram was in puberty, feeling upside down, thinking about his work and life, and did not know about these groups and things like that at all.”

“The existence of some tensions between Shahram and his father and, of course, economic problems caused psychological pressure on Shahram, and it seems that in those circumstances, he fought with someone about some insignificant issues. Shahram pulled a knife, but did no damage.”

“After that, Shahram, fearing that person would press charges and he’d be imprisoned in juvenile ward, he wanted to escape, but he had nowhere to go.”

“PJAK members also knew about Shahram’s life and his problems, and for this reason, they reached out to him and promised him a new life. Shahram did not contact them, they targeted him.”

“Even in the name of freedom and such debates, they made Shahram sell his possessions, and in addition to making my brother a member of their group, they confiscated his property in their name in the name of freedom.”

“From the time Shahram went there until today, PJAK showed us only one photo of my brother saying that he was with them, and of course our follow-up to visit him was useless, and they did not allow us to visit him.”

“Our request from the organizations and government is that if they have information about my brother, they must inform us.”


** The Iranian Kurdistan Human Rights Watch continues to pursue these individuals until a clear conclusion is reached about the unknown fate of Kurdish citizens trapped in militant groups. **

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