Kongreya Star members call on KDP to release RJAK members

Members of the Kongreya Star Dirbêsiyê Coordination demanded the RJAK members' release and said that the KDP has a misogynist policy.

South Kurdistan Free Women's Movement (RJAK) members Xewla Mihemed Hesen, Ciwana Ebdulbaqî, and Seyran Ehmed Hesen were arrested by the KDP in Southern Kurdistan (Northern Iraq) on 5 August after the Shengal remembrance ceremony. Despite calls from numerous women's organizations, the KDP provided no information about the kidnapped RJAK members.


Ebir Hesen asserted that the KDP kidnapping of three women demonstrated that it was involved in the Shengal atrocity, recalling, "When ISIS gangs stormed Shengal, the KDP peshmerga withdrew. Hundreds of thousands of Yazidis were slaughtered. Thousands of people fled their homes. Yazidi women were sold in markets."

Ebir Hesen stated, "All three female activists were transporting the documents pertaining to the massacre to Shengal. The relationships between the Barzani family and the Turkish state in the massacre were disclosed in these documents. The KDP kidnapped three female activists in order to keep these materials hidden.”

Ebir Hesen emphasized that the KDP exclusively works for the Barzani family's interests, and that the KDP is hostile to the Kurdish people and the democratic nation idea.


Zindan Hiso, a member of Kongra Star Coordination, stated, "The Barzani family's policy is a capitalist one against women. They intend to destabilize Shengal's Autonomous Administration because the Shengal Autonomous Administration was founded with the ideas od Leader Abdullah Öcalan and under the leadersip of women.”

Zindan Hiso lastly demanded that the three female politicians be released immediately.