Demand justice for Sardasht Osman

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Date: 17th January 2013

To all Human Rights Organisations

To all Political Parties and Institutions defenders of Human Rights

To all Organisations defenders of Freedom of journalism, Freedom of Expression and Speech

The family and friends of Sardasht Osman and the undersigned freedom seeking organisations and groups need your support to establish a fare investigating committee and an independent and public trial for the assassination case of the young journalist Sardasht Osman in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Sardasht Osman was a 22 years old Iraqi Kurdish final-year university student from Erbil, who was kidnapped on 4 May 2010 outside the College of Arts in Arbil, where he studied English. Two days later his body was found in neighbouring Mosul city. His body had bruises and signs of torture and he was killed with a bullet in his mouth. He was known in Iraqi Kurdistan for writing articles criticizing the Kurdistan Regional Government; and in particular the ruling family of Barzani. Some of his articles were published under a pseudonym on several Kurdish websites.

After almost three years of waiting, his family, friends and the whole society were shocked by the outcomes of the formed investigating committee by Massoud Barzani. According to the shocking report from this committee who alleged that Osman was "tied" to Ansar al-Islam, a Sunni-Kurdish extremist group that has claimed attacks against American and Iraqi forces. "Sardasht Osman was killed by terrorists because he had promised to work with them and then decided not to," the committee said. They also introduced a person called Hisham Mahmoud Ismail as the main executioner and send the case to court.

Sardasht was turned from a victim of freedom of speech and a free thinking journalist in to a terrorist based on twisted, made up and vague evidences. The truth behind is murder and the reality has been twisted by a partial investigating committee.

Everyone in Iraqi Kurdistan knows that the place where Sardasht was kidnapped near his college is surrounded by Erbil security forces’ armed guards. There are several CCTV cameras operating 24 hours. Furthermore Erbil city’s borders towards other cities are much secured with various barriers and check points by the security forces. All these realties and other facts about who was Sardasht, beside all the threats and his own article about the threats and his expectations to be killed tell a very different story and introduces different evidence to those of the investigating committee.

The final stage of this set-up was that on 27th March 2012 the first trial took place in Erbil; But this hearing was postponed to several months because of scandalous mistakes in recording dates of the arrest and the confession of the offender; during this first hearing it became very clear that the security forces in Erbil recorded a confession on 30 /08/2010 while the alleged offender was arrested on 08/09/2010, which meant that he had confessed before he was even arrested. Also from to the questioning by Sardasht's family’ lawyer it became very clear that the offender was in prison even before Sardasht was murdered.

All above show that this process of investigation and trial of Sardasht's murder has been twisted, unfair and unjust, the court had acted and still is under the pressure of a political party and therefore is has lost it is very principle of independency. The next day for hearing based on the same investigation and partial court is the 20/01/2013.

We the under signed organisations and groups urge you to put pressure on the president of Kurdish Region and the Kurdish Regional Government to meet the demands of Sardasht’s family , journalists and freedom seeking people in Iraqi Kurdistan to :

Stop and put an end to the current trial scenario and to discharge the biased investigating committee.

Establish a new independent investigating committee formed from representatives from Sardasht’s family, none government organisations and International Human Rights organisations to launch a new investigation. This new committee need to be cooperated with and supported by KRG and the Security forces in Erbil.

We can reassure you that Sardsaht’s murder has a direct link to the question of Freedom of Speech and Expression in Iraqi Kurdistan; therefore a fare trial, justice and the truth behind this case will have a great impact of the process of establishing a society that protects those basic rights for everyone and will have a direct impact on the security and protection of any opposition voices to the current authority.

We urge you to show your solidarity with this mass movement and send your letters to KRG representatives in your countries or regions of work.


‘Stop Deportation to Iraq’ Campaign- London

17th February’s Youth Movement

Action Group for Transparency and Anti-Corruption In Kurdistan

Ala’s Group- Koysinjaqs Office

Assembly Center of Gorran (Change) Movement In Kifri

Bawanur-Pebaz’s Cultural Foundation

Campaign to Free Sayd Akram

Center for the Defense of Children's Rights in Iraq

Dang Group – Koysinjaq

Democratic Youth Union in Iraqi Kurdistan

European - Kurdistan Green Organization

Federation of Civil Organizations in Koysinjaq

Federation of Civil Society Organizations in Sulaymaniyah (10 organizations)

Freedom House- Netherlands

Freedom Umbrella in London

General Federation of Civil Society Organizations in Kurdistan

General Union of Students in Kurdistan

Goran’s Students Association in Erbil

Group of Sociologists and psychiatrists in Sulaymaniyah

Halabja 88’s Group

Independent Youth’s Group in Kifri

International Federation of Iraqi Refugees- Kurdistan Branch

Iraqi Kurd Refugees Organization in Norway

Kurdish Community Organization in London

Kurdistan Construction Workers’ Organization

Kurdistan Libertarian Women’s Organization

Kurdistan Students’ Development Organization

Kurdistan Students Movement – Kifri’s Center

Kurdistan Women’s Association – Darbandikhan Branch

Kurdocide Watch-Chak

Metro Center for the Defense of Journalists in Kurdistan

Middle East and Kurdish Women Organization in Britain

Network of NGO’s in Kurdistan

Organization for the Support of Democracy in Kurdistan

Payam Group in Garmyan

People’s Development Association (PDA) - Kurdistan

Sardasht Osman’s Organization for the Defense of Freedom

Tekoshan (Struggle) Center – Dahuk

The Committee of the Defense of Public Interests – Khanaqin

The Group of Reporters Without Border in Kurdistan

The Liberty movement of Karkuk’s People

The Movement of Free and Equal Citizens/ Kurdistan

The Network of Defending People’s Rights and Freedoms-Kurdistan

Vanguard Youth Organization of Kurdistan

Volunteer Organization for Human Capacity Development in Kurdistan

Warvin Foundation for Women’s Issues

Women Organization (Astera) in Finland

Women's Legal Assistance Organisation / Kurdistan

Worker-communist Party of Kurdistan- Organization Abroad

Zang League – Bahdinan Office

Zar Group for the Defense of Freedom- Erbil

Zhyan Organization for Aid and Development/ Iraq

Belgium Kurdish Cultural Organisation – Belgium

Medusa Organisation

Centre to Defend Right of Children – Sweden

Nina Centre for Advice and sheltering Women

Iraqi Refugee Council in Gothenburg

Stop Deportation Network

International Federation of Iraqi Refugees in Switzerland

International Federation of Iraqi Refugees

Communication Worker’s Union – London PCS / Karen Johns

Supporting People’s Demands Committee in Gothenburg / Sweden

Sardsaht Osman Organisation for Defending Freedom Gothenburg / Sweden

Kurdish Society Association / Mushin

Women Association in Sweden

Scone Kurd Association in Malmo

Kurdistan Culture in Gothenburg / Sweden

Garmian Association in Gothenburg

Kurdish Nation Association / Sweden

Youth Association in Sweden

Youth Association in Gothenburg

Matin Association in Sweden

Hoba Art Association in Gutenberg

The fine Arts Association in Gothenburg / Sweden

Kurdistan Academics Association in Gothenburg

Campaign against restricting Freedom of Speech

Campaign to defend the freedoms and demands of people in Kurdistan – Denmark

Campaign for the Freedom of Karzan Karim

17th February Group / Stockholm

Kurdish Studies and Cultural Centre in Gothenburg / Sweden

Halabja Centre against Anfal and Genocide of Kurdish nation – CHAK

Kurdish Institute in Stockholm

Kurdistan Democratic Solution Party

Workers Communist Party of Kurdistan

Kurdistan Future Party

The Society of Socialist Workers

Communist Party of Kurdistan / Darbandixan Committee

Press office of Kurdistan Future Party

Ary Printing and publishing centre

Hawlati Newspaper

South Magazine / Badinan

Truska Magazine

Penusakan Foundation

Hawpshti Foundation

Nasnama Foundation in Finland

Kurdistan Post website

Kurdistan Net website

Kurdish - French Web radio

Rewand Website

Malama website

Malmo Kurd website

Aga Press website

Emro website

Board of Directors of the Nation Pain Page

Please send your letter to KRG representative; following is the contact details of their office:

KRG Representation in the United Kingdom

Ms Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman

23 Buckingham Gate (4th Floor)

London SW1E 6LB

Phone: +44 (0) 203 301 8340

Fax: +44 (0) 207 828 0257


KRG Representation in the USA

Mr Qubad Talabani

1532 16th St., NW

Washington, DC 20036

Phone: +1 202 797 7575

Fax: +1 202 821 1870


KRG Representation in Australia

Mr Haval A. Syan

P O Box 491 Liverpool

NSW 2170 Sydney, Australia

Phone: 612 98 22 22 72

Fax: 612 98 22 22 76


KRG Mission to the European Union

Mr Carlos Kurdi (Salim Gravi)

Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 228

1050 Brussels


Phone: +32-2-513 72 28

Fax: +32-2-513 36 79


KRG Representation in France

Ms Khaman Zirar Asaad

57 Rue de l'Université 75007 Paris

Ouvert du lundi au vendredi de 10:00 à 18:00

Telephone : +33145442021

Fax : +33145442022


KRG Representation in Germany

Mr Dilshad Barzani

P.O. Box 150 101

D-10633 Berlin, Germany

Phone: +49 30 2888 495 0

Fax: +49 30 2888 495 29


KRG Representation in Sweden

Mr Herish Farhan Khola

KRG Representation in Switzerland

Dr Fauzi Kaddur

Thunstr. 74

CH-3006 Bern


Phone: +41 31 352 00 60

Fax: +41 31 352 00 61

Mobile: +41 79 601 35 55

For further information about this campaign ; Please contact :

Gona Saed

Tel: 00447894252708

Email :

Please email us a copy of your letter

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