"Every time I answered 'Kurdish,' they beat me ..." - Macleans.ca

“Every time I answered ‘Kurdish,’ they beat me …”

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The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center today released a report on the treatment of Kurdish activists in Iran. The following is from a prison letter:

They took me to a room [where they questioned me]. When writing down my information [I had to disclose] my ethnicity, and every time I answered “Kurdish,” they beat me with a whip that looked like some kind of hose. They also insulted me and beat me because of my religion. They beat me to their heart’s desire because of the Kurdish music that was on my mobile phone. They tied my hands, sat me in a chair, and put pressure on the sensitive parts of my body.  They also took off my clothes and threatened me with rape by harassing me with batons and sticks. My left leg was badly damaged [while I was] there, and I passed out from simultaneous electric shocks and blows to my head. Ever since I regained consciousness, I feel like I have lost my sense of balance and I shake uncontrollably.

The entire report can be read here.