Kurdish politician Siracettin Kayran dies in Heilbronn

For many years Siracettin Kayran was active in the Kurdish freedom movement as a politician. In a hospital in Heilbronn he now died of an illness.

Siracettin Kayran was the provincial chairman of the BDP (Barış ve Demokrasi Partisi, Party for Peace and Democracy) in Siirt in Northern Kurdistan for two election periods. At the same time, he took part in the working group for faith issues in the Democratic Society Congress (DTK). Kayan had to flee from the persecution in Turkey to Germany five years ago. Since then he has lived in exile in Heilbronn.

Kayran was Imam in the Şêx-Said-Mosque in Heilbronn and also took part in the work in the Kurdish Community Center in Germany. He also worked as a member of the Kurdish Islamic Association, CIK.

For three months he was in hospital, where he died on 9 April. His body will now be transferred to Siirt and buried there. The Kurdish umbrella organisation KON-MED, CIK and the Federation of Societies of Kurdistan (FCK) offered their condolences in a written statement.