Iqbal Muradi

48-year-old Iqbal Muradi was a HRD from Eastern Kurdistan who had to migrate to Southern Kurdistan after the Iranian regime sentenced his son Zanyar Muradî and nephew Loqman Muradî to death. He was known for his support for political prisoners.

Muradi held an honourable record in confronting the Iranian regime,” Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran (KMMK) official Omar Alikhanzadeh said. “He belonged to a dissident family that offered many martyrs and sacrificed a lot, in the way of opposing the Tehran regime,” he added.

“Muradi resigned from the party years ago on his own free will and devoted himself to civil activism against the Tehran regime and played an active role in Kurdish circles in Iran,” Alikhanzadeh said.

KMMK issued a statement in which it strongly condemned what it labelled the assassination of one of its prominent members, Muradi, demanding Kurdish security authorities pursues arresting the perpetrators and bringing them before justice.

Muradi’s cousin told local media in Kurdistan that the deceased had no spat with anyone and held a clean social record. Muradi’s family accused Iranian intelligence services.

They also reported that Muradi had escaped a previous assassination attempt in 2008.

Iqbal’s son Zanyar sent his mother a letter from death row in Iran upon hearing of his father’s killing. Civil activist Zahra Sadat Ebrahimi conveyed an excerpt from the letter to the human rights community a few days later:

Now that Father has gone from among us, for his sake, and out of respect for his dreams which rise before us like a steep mountain, protect my sister, and do not let bitterness and vengeance arise in her, for the dream of a beautiful world will not be fulfilled with execution and revenge.”


Compiled from reports by Rudaw, ANF and Kampain

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Date of Killing:17/07/2018

Previous Threats:Yes

Type of Work:Social leader

Organisation:Kurdistan Human Rights Group (KMMK)

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:Civil and Political Rights, ESC Rights

Sector Detail:Imprisonment, Prisoners' Rights, Self-determination

More information:Front Line Defenders

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