Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

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One Person’s Story

Taha Kermanj


Age: 35
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam (Sunni)
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: January 4, 1994
Location of Killing: Turkey
Mode of Killing: Extrajudicial Shooting
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

Mr. Kermanj, member of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kordestan, waited with family in Corum, Turkey for asylum in a third country.

According to a report by Amnesty International (1995): "Taha Kermanj, a ... refugee in Turkey and an active member of the KDPI, was killed in Corum on January 4, 1994. He was shot dead while walking near his home with his son-in-law who was injured in the attack. He was a recognized refugee, awaiting resettlement a third country. Before moving to Turkey in early 1993, Taha Kermanj had lived in Iraqi Kurdistan where he had allegedly received threats from Iranian agents."

According to an Amnesty International report: "Since 1992 a number of other Iranian dissidents in Turkey have been killed in suspicious circumstances, suggesting that they may have been extrajudicially executed by Iranian government agents... In September 1992, Iran and Turkey signed a protocol to ‘guarantee the security of the Turkish-Iranian border, adopt the necessary measures to achieve this, and conduct continuous and effective cooperation. In their own countries, Turkey and Iran will prevent the actions, which are considered criminal by the country, of terrorist organizations and of all opposition persons and groups that engage in activities against the state structure, territorial integrity, and legal administration of the other country.' This agreement came only days after the Iranian Minister of Information and Security, Hojatoleslam Ali Fallahian, had reportedly said on Tehran television, 'We have been able to deal blows to many of the mini-groups outside the country and on the borders. As you know, one of the active mini-groups is the Kurdistan Democratic Party, which operates through two groups, the main group and the auxiliary branch, in Kurdistan. There is also Komeleh [Komala]. We were able to deal vital blows to their cadres last year. The main and auxiliary organizations of both KDP and Komeleh were dealt severe blows and their activities were reduced'."

"Amnesty International includes in its definition of extrajudicial executions the killing of specific individuals which can reasonably be assumed to be the result of government policy at any level." 

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