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Iran: Update to Response to Information Request IRN24243.E of 1 August 1996 on human rights abuses by the 64th Infantry Division of Urmiyeh, the 2nd or 4th Brigade of Salmas and the 117th Battalion, also called the Strike Force Company

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 November 1996
Citation / Document Symbol IRN25047.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Iran: Update to Response to Information Request IRN24243.E of 1 August 1996 on human rights abuses by the 64th Infantry Division of Urmiyeh, the 2nd or 4th Brigade of Salmas and the 117th Battalion, also called the Strike Force Company, 1 November 1996, IRN25047.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ab8614.html [accessed 11 December 2017]
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The following information was provided during a 16 October 1996 telephone interview with the representative of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (DPIK) in New York.

The source stated that the 64th Infantry Division of Urmiyeh and the Brigade of Salmas were involved in human rights violations against Kurdish civilians between 1983 and 1988. The units killed Kurdish civilians, destroyed Kurdish villages and burned peasants' fields during their military operations in the Kurdish region of Iran. The commanding officer of the 64th Infantry Division of Urmiyeh was General Zahirnajad.

For additional information on the human rights violations committed by the Iranian security forces in the Kurdish regions of Iran, please consult the attached documents.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.

Reference

Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (DPIK), New York. 16 November 1996. Telephone interview with representative.

Attachments

Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (DPIK). 1995. List of Villages in Iranian Kurdistan Destroyed by the Islamic Republic Between 1980 and 1992. Paris: Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan.

_____. 1994. A Partial List of the Crimes Committed by the Islamic Republic in Iranian Kurdistan Between 1979 and 1989. Paris: Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan.

Additional Sources Consulted

On-line search of database Lexis-Nexis.

Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. 1983-1988.

Foreign Broadcasting Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports. 1983-1988

Five oral sources contacted did have information on the requested subject.

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