Father of Shirwan Seyedipour: “My son is in Syria, he wants to come home!”

Following the ongoing talks with the families of the victims of the PKK / PJAK crimes, the Iranian Kurdistan Human Rights Watch has arranged a conversation with the father of Shirwan Seyedipour, another victim of PJAK’s treacherous recruitment practices.


One of the constant approaches of militant groups such as PKK / PJAK is that after one or several years after the killing of their Iranian members, 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.


Human Rights violations

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.

In addition to this hostile policy, another anti-humanitarian approach of these militant groups, is the kidnapping and deception of teenagers and young people in the Kurdish regions of Iran. Once in the claws of these groups, the new member is not even allowed to tell their families he/she is still alive.

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


Family of teenager recruited by PJAK: My brother’s body is buried somewhere in Syria


The full text of the conversation is as follows:

“My son (Shirwan Seyedipoor) has been separated from us for five years because of his debts, and the lawsuits and complaints that were leveled against him as a result of these debts. This was the sole reason for him to leave the country.”

“About a year ago (February of last year) he called us and said that he was in Syria. and had been wounded in the war with ISIS, and of course he said that he intended to return to Iran, but he was worried about his return due to a complaint filed against him.”

“At the moment, I do not know about my son and I do not know how he went to Syria. The truth is that Shirwan was in trouble and this eventually led to his separation from us. My son had some debts, and unfortunately he got into a fight with his debtor, and that is why that person filed a complaint against my son”

“Shirwan did not inform us of the decision he had made and only called us after 17 or 18 months and said that this was the case and that he had gone to Syria. This was the first and last contact he had with us, and as I said, we no longer know about Shirwan, and we have not reached out to him yet because we do not know how to travel to Syria. Also, he called us with the phones of local people, so we can’t reach him.”

“But let me also say that I am willing to pay all the costs of my son’s repatriation, only for my son will return to his family. Although Shirwan said in his call that he would call again, but it did not happen and we can not call, but we hope that he will call us again and tell him to come back”

“We take turns sitting by the phone all day….”


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

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