KNK Women's Committee in Southern Kurdistan Condemns the Assassination of Three Women Political Activists in Paris

2013-01-14

Sulaymaniyah, 10 January 2012: Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) Women's Committee in Southern Kurdistan Condemns the Assassination of Three Women Political Activists in Paris. We received with great outrage the news of the brutal assassination of the three women political activists (Sakina Cansis, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Sylemiz) in Paris. This act of terror against the three women political activists in France was committed while we were expecting progress in the political dialogue underway between the Turkish state and Kurds in Turkey.

We therefore believe that this attack was well planned and constitutes an effort to undermine the ongoing talks. This attack is obviously another step in the direction of exterminating the Kurdish people and shows that while Kurds are determined to demand their rights peacefully, their peaceful struggle is faced with terror.

The KNK's Women Committee in southern Kurdistan strongly condemns the brutal assassination and declare to those behind this act of terror that the struggle of the Kurdish nation will continue and such terrorist acts will not derail our struggle.

Moreover, while the French Interior Minister, Manuel Valls, stated that this assassination is "unacceptable", and that the French authorities will do everything possible to identify the perpetrators, we are calling on the French government to take swift action to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

1. Parwin Aziz, Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) member.

2. Khanim Rahim Latif, Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) member.

3. Rezhine Omer, Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) member.

4. Sirus Mohammed Falih, Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) member.

5. Ameera Hassan, Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) member.