Call to stop execution ordered by South Kurdistan government
The families of Mazlum Dağ and Muhammet Beşiksiz, who have been sentenced to death in South Kurdistan, called on the international community to take action.
The families of Mazlum Dağ and Muhammet Beşiksiz, who have been sentenced to death for the attack in which MIT administrator Osman Köse was killed on 17 July 2019 in Hewlêr, South Kurdistan, called for sensitivity.
The families of Dağ and Beşiksiz are living in Switzerland from where they asked the South Kurdistan administration to withdraw the decision taken and called on the international community to act.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Necmettin Er and Mesut Alagaş said that they are trying to raise awareness among the international community about the case and appealed to everyone to stand against the death sentence. They met with Kurdish institutions, Amnesty International and civil society organizations.
Necmettin Er, uncle of Muhammet Beşiksiz, pointed out that the Kurdish government’s decision to go ahead with the execution of a young Kurdish man would damage the integrity of the Kurdish nation and added: "Before it was the enemy who sentenced Kurds to death. Today, a Kurdish administration has decided to execute two Kurds. We expect support from the international public opinion against this wrong decision."
The statement made on behalf of the family said that "in the next few days, an initiative will be launched in Switzerland against the death sentence.”