Physical and Psychological Torture In Albania – 78 year old Rahim Kiukan

Physical and Psychological Torture In Albania – 78 year old Rahim Kiukan

Rahim Kiukan family Physical and Psychological Torture In AlbaniaNejat Society, June 02 2021:… Rahim Kiukan’s family seeks help from Albanian government officials as well as the international community The family of Rahim Kiukan, who is based in the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK, MKO) camp in Albania, has written a letter to the Albanian Prime Minister asking for help with his situation in the country. The text of the letter, which follows, has also been sent to other Albanian government officials as well as international organizations and the media. Physical and Psychological Torture In Albania On 78 year old Rahim Kiukan

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Physical and Psychological Torture In Albania – 78 year old Rahim Kiukan 

Rahim Kiukan’s family seeks help from Albanian government officials as well as the international community

The family of Rahim Kiukan, who is based in the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK, MKO) camp in Albania, has written a letter to the Albanian Prime Minister asking for help with his situation in the country.

The text of the letter, which follows, has also been sent to other Albanian government officials as well as international organizations and the media.

Mr Edi Rama,

Honorable Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania

Greetings and best regards

We, the extended family of Mr Rahim Kiukan – who is based in the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK, MKO) camp in Albania – including his wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, 2 daughters-in-law and 7 grandchildren – have been informed that he has been trying to make contact with his family for years but has been prevented from doing so by the MEK.

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Family ask Edi Rama to stop MEK torturing 78 year old Rahim Kiukan in Albania

According to the information we obtained, he is now seriously ill and in quarantine due to the physical and psychological pressures that are generally placed on disaffected people in the MEK seeking contact with their families, and he is still not allowed to communicate with his family.
We also learned that he had been severely pressured to take a public stand against his family, who have been working tirelessly to obtain any information about him, and to denounce their actions, which he refused to do, and he is therefore placed under double pressure.

Rahim, 78, left Iran in September 1981 in support of the MEK at the behest of the organization and eventually went to Iraq. He was then transferred to Albania with other members of the organization. Like other members, he has no right to communicate with the outside world, especially family and friends.

During these years, we made great efforts and sent many letters to Albanian government officials and international and human rights organizations, asking them to help us contact Rahim and get information about his condition, but we did not get any results from these efforts.
We urge you to help us in any way possible to establish a connection with Rahim Kiukan, who is a prisoner of the MEK in Albania and who has been deprived of any right to communicate and is quite ill in old age, so that we can move beyond our worries.

Yours Sincerely,
Leila Kiukan on behalf of the family
Phone: + 98-9127103706

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Rahim Kaiyukan family complains to the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances against the Albanian government

United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED)

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office in Geneva
1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
November 9, 2020

We, the family of Rahim Kaiyukan, including his wife Behjat Seddiqi and his children Mozhgan, Mehran, Mohsen, and Leila Kaiyukan and his grandchildren (a total of 12 individuals), want to lodge a complaint against the Albanian government under the United Nations International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance of which the Albanian government is a signatory.

Rahim Kaiyukan left Iran in 1981 to join the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK, MKO) in Iraq. We were unaware of this for years until those who left the organization and came back to Iran informed us that he was at Camp Ashraf in Iraq. We have not had any contact with him or any information about his condition for nearly 40 years now.

Years later, we were informed that all the members of this organization, who were in Camp Ashraf and then Camp Liberty in Iraq, had been transferred to Albania to a closed and remote camp where the residents could not be reached under any circumstances. Some former members have reported the presence of Rahim Kaiyukan in the camp.

Rahim Kaiyukan family complains to the UN

Rahim Kaiyukan family complains to the UN

We wrote letters to the Prime Minister and other Albanian authorities, as well as European officials, asking for information about Rahim Kaiyukan. We also signed a petition with other families addressed to the Albanian government requesting contact with our relatives at the MEK camp in Albania. This petition had more than 11,000 signatures. Unfortunately, there was no reaction from the Albanian government.

We also prepared letters and video clips addressed to Rahim Kaiyukan and published them in cyberspace so that he might see or hear them and give news about himself to his family after four decades, but unfortunately there was no news. We are aware that MEK members in their camp in Albania have no access to the outside world.

During this time, we have faced many legal problems regarding the properties of Rahim Kaiyukan, which can only be resolved with power of attorney from him.
We request the relevant international body to address this issue. We would like to find Rahim Kaiyukan, who has been missing for four decades, and connect him to his elderly and ailing wife and his children.

Family of Rahim Kaiyukan
Tehran, Iran

Rahim Kaiyukan family complains to the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances against the Albanian government

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Request to expedite the processing of hundreds of complaints by families

complaints by families of MEK in AlbaniaEbrahim Khodabandeh, Nejat Society, November 05 2020:… On behalf of the suffering families of the members of the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK, MKO), whose loved ones joined this organization, and now have no information about their status, I would like to inform you that more than six months ago these families sent hundreds of complaints, with detailed documents and explanations. They demanded that the situation of their loved ones who became members of the MEK be investigated. Request to expedite the processing of hundreds of complaints by families 

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Letter from the CEO of the Iranian Nejat Society to the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED)

United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED)
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office in Geneva
1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
November 3, 2020

On behalf of the suffering families of the members of the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK, MKO), whose loved ones joined this organization, and now have no information about their status, I would like to inform you that more than six months ago these families sent hundreds of complaints, with detailed documents and explanations. They demanded that the situation of their loved ones who became members of the MEK be investigated.

complaints by families of MEK in Albania

The MEK was stationed at Camp Ashraf in Iraq under Saddam Hussein and was fighting against Iran alongside the Iraqis. After the fall of Saddam Hussein, the Camp came under US protection and was then handed over to Iraqi forces as ‘the last stronghold of Saddam Hussein’.

At the urging of successive Iraqi governments and with the efforts of the United Nations, the process of MEK expulsion began, and the names of each group leaving Iraq and entering Albania were announced. The process was slow and in very small numbers. But suddenly, in the late summer of 2016, the organization announced that the rest of the people (nearly 3,000), who were supposed to be only several hundreds, had also been transferred to Albania. The names of these people were never published.

MEK members are housed in a remote, isolated camp in Albania where the residents are inaccessible and uncontactable. The families of hundreds of MEK members have no information about the condition of their loved ones.

Also, many of these families have faced various economic and legal problems, including issues related to inheritance, due to the disappearance of these people, and the lack of access to these people has caused them many difficulties for years. MEK members do not have the opportunity to do legal work or appoint a lawyer.

Recently, the MEK reacted to the complaints of these families to the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances in its media and tried to make public a few out of their thousands of members and pretend that they have not disappeared but could be found in a certain place. However, their families still have no communication with or access to them.

Hundreds of letters have been sent by these families to the Committee on Enforced Disappearances. A small number of respondents have requested the completion of explanations and documents, which has been done immediately, but it seems that the process is very slow.

It should be noted that on February 6, 2007, Albania signed the United Nations International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, adopted in New York on December 20, 2006, which entered into force on November 8, 2007.

According to Article 31 of the Convention, a State Party must cooperate in the case of the enforced disappearance of any particular person in its own country. Article 32 also emphasizes this issue and the responsibilities of the member states.

These families have sent a great many letters to the Albanian government with the necessary explanations and specifications and have raised a petition signed by more than 11,000 people. The original signatures have been delivered to the Albanian embassy in Paris on 550 pages, but unfortunately there has not been any response from the Albanian government up to now. Therefore, the UN Committee needs to clarify its undertakings on the complaints it has received, and to take legal action to resolve this issue.

On behalf of the families, I would like to thank the Committee on Enforced Disappearances in advance and look forward to learning from you.

Ebrahim Khodabandeh
Nejat Society CEO
Tehran, Iran

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