On Thursday January 10th 2012 three female Kurdish activists Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Soylemez were found shot to death in the Kurdish Information Centre in Paris. Ms. Cansiz was a founding member of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) while the other two women have been described as lobbyists for Kurdish rights.

These political assassinations come amid peace talks between Turkey and the PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan who is currently serving a life sentence in Turkey. There is great speculation as to who is responsible for these killings. While Turkey has referred to these killings as “internal conflict,” Kurds have pointed the finger at the hard liner elements within the Turkish Government who may want to sabotage the peace talks between Turkey and PKK.

It is shocking and unacceptable that such political killings can take place so easily in France and unfortunately this is not the first time that political killings have taken place in France.

In 1989 three political activists Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou, leader of Kurdistan Democratic Party as well as Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou and Fadhil Rassoul were assassinated by agents associated with the Islamic Regime in Iran.

In 1991 Shahpour Bakhtiar a former Iranian Prime Minister who led the National Movement of Iranian Resistance against the Islamic Regime in Iran was assassinated in France along with his secretary Soroush Katibeh.

It is unfortunate to see that France has become a place where political killings can take place so easily and more often than not without any consequence for those who order and carry out the assassinations.

Regardless of whether we agree or disagree with the political stand of these three female political activists, we must all raise our voice loud and clear and condemn these political killings! France must also be held accountable for not preventing these killings from taking place and must find those responsible for these killings immediately and punish them according to the French law.

France is a country where many political refugees from Iran and Turkey and other countries reside in and carry out their political activities. We cannot allow for France which is deemed to be a safe country for refugees to become a breeding ground for political assassinations. If today Kurdish activists are assassinated tomorrow it may become our turn.

As activists we must make it clear that these killings are not acceptable and hold France accountable and make sure those responsible for these brutal acts are apprehended and punished for their crimes!

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran

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Sayeh Hassan is an Iranian Canadian lawyer, blogger and pro-democracy activist.

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