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Kurdish Civilian Osman Mama Still Missing One Year After Arrest During Women Life Freedom Uprising

Gulan Media November 25, 2023 News
Kurdish Civilian Osman Mama Still Missing One Year After Arrest During Women Life Freedom Uprising

A year has passed since Kurdish civilian Osman Mama was arrested and forcibly disappeared during the anti-government uprising of Women Life Freedom in Bukan. Despite relentless efforts by his family to uncover information about his whereabouts and well-being, there has been no clarity on his situation, raising concerns about the alarming trend of forced disappearances in the region.

Osman Mama was apprehended on November 18, 2022, while participating in anti-government protests near the welfare office on his way home. His family's tireless attempts to seek answers from security and judicial authorities have proven futile, exacerbating the distress of Mama's loved ones.

According to a source speaking to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), Mama's family has made numerous appeals to entities such as the Criminal Investigation Department, the Ministry of Intelligence, the Revolutionary Guard’s Intelligence Organisation, and the Bukan Court. Unfortunately, they have received no substantive answers, leaving them in a state of agonizing uncertainty.

In recent months, Mama's family has been summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence in Bukan multiple times. During these sessions, they were subjected to interrogations and threats, cautioning them against speaking to the media about Osman Mama's detention.

Despite official claims of ignorance regarding Mama's fate, the interrogations focused on the content of his mobile phone and his alleged involvement in the discovery and sale of ancient works. A source emphasized that the nature of the questions indicates that Mama is being held by the Ministry of Intelligence, and his phone is in their possession.

The disturbing case of Osman Mama is not isolated, as the Kurdistan Human Rights Network reports at least seven other instances of forced disappearances involving Kurdish political activists. Among those missing are Edris Feghihi, Pezhman Fatehi, Mohammad Faramarzi, Mohsen Mazloum, Vafa Azarbar, Wrisha Moradi, and Pakhshan Azizi. The Iranian government's security services are allegedly responsible for these disappearances, further heightening concerns about human rights violations in the region.

The international community is urged to pay attention to these cases, advocate for the release of information, and condemn any violations of human rights. The families of the disappeared activists, including Osman Mama, deserve answers and justice for their loved ones.