Sarveh Khani’s brother: PJAK told us “there’s no body”.

Following the ongoing talks with the families of the victims of the PKK / PJAK crimes, the Human Rights Watch of Iran has arranged another conversation with the brother of a young woman called “Sarveh Khani”, from Divandere city, another victim.

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. Sarveh’s burial place was never disclosed to her family, which still bothers them enormously.

According to most families, PJAK has often pressured them 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:

My sister was caught up in this by her cousin because they spent most of their time together. I have not heard from my cousin (Bayan) for several years and it is not clear what happened to her, I am sure that she alone was able to deceive my sister and take her with her, because my sister at that time was about twenty years old, and did not knew anything about politics.

My sister was constantly helping my old parents in agriculture, and she had no background in any party, and did not know any of them. She never showed any interest in those things, and disliked even watching the news. When Sarveh disappeared, none of us knew where she had gone or where to go look for her!

But after a few days of searching, an anonymous number called us and said that Sarveh had become a member of PJAK, and the person behind the line insisted that we never follow her, but my mother could not stand it.

My mother went to Iraq with another family member. She stayed there, and visited them, and begged them for several days to see my sister at least once, but unfortunately they did not allow it at all.

For this reason, my mother had to return to Iran, and since then she has been waiting for her little daughter to return. There was no news, not even a phone call or a letter. They don’t let their members contact home…



Nearly two years after Sarveh left, we happened to see on TV that my sister’s name was announced as one of the dead in one of the regions of Turkey, we were all shocked. We could not believe that the news of my sister’s death was real, but no one contacted us to tell us the details of Sarvah’s death.

We called that phone number again but it was not available, so we decided to go to Iraq ourselves, but when we got there, they announced that Sarvah had been killed in the Colemerg area of ​​Turkey, but there was no body, and they said “don’t look for her, she is most certainly killed”.

But how is it possible to send a girl to get killed, and then leave her body behind somewhere in the mountains, and still not make a honorable grave for her?

The members and leaders of PJAK either did not have the honor and humanity to retrieve the body of a girl in the mountains, or they falsely told us that Sarveh was dead.

From that day on, my old mother can no longer do anything and does only one thing, and that is crying and staring at the door for her little daughter to return.


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

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