The Foreign Relations Committee of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) has claimed that Hüseyin Arasan, a Kurdish political refugee, was murdered as part of a coordinated operation between Turkish intelligence (MİT) and Parastin, the intelligence organisation of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). In a statement released on Saturday, the KCK accused both entities of orchestrating the plan.
The incident occurred on Friday in front of the Mesopotamia Workers’ Association building in Sulaymaniyah, resulting in Hüseyin Arasan’s death the following day. Following the autopsy on Sunday, his body was taken to a mosque in Sulaymaniyah for the funeral service. From there, it was transported to Qandil (Qendîl), a mountainous region in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and a stronghold of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The burial ceremony was accompanied by dozens of vehicles and hundreds of mourners.
The KCK stated that Kurdish political refugees who have sought refuge in various cities of the KRI have been facing systematic threats for a long time. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and local security forces have failed to fulfil their duties in protecting these individuals, “who have paid the price for the freedom of the Kurdish people and have been targeted by the occupying Turkish state,” the union added.
Stressing that Erbil (Hewlêr) continues to be a safe haven for those responsible for crimes against the Kurdish people, the KCK said that murderers from other cities find refuge in Erbil without being apprehended, a situation they claim reveals the KDP’s role in the murders.
The KCK called upon Kurdish parties, democratic institutions, and security forces not to “succumb to the blackmail of the occupying Turkish state” and urged them to “take a stand against the massacre of Kurdish patriots, take measures and action before the massacres, not after they happen.”
Meanwhile, Hatice Arasan, the sister of Hüseyin Arasan, expressed her shock upon learning about her brother’s death. She revealed that she had not heard from him for the past two years. “It is extremely distressing that my brother lost his life in such a manner,” she stated. “Alongside my brother, six individuals have recently fallen victim to assassinations. This cycle must be halted immediately. People are being systematically targeted and killed.”