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Two Kurdish Ahl-e Haqq supporters set themselves on fire in Hamadan to protest the shaving of their friend, Keyumars Tamnak’s beard in Hamadan Prison

Monday, 10 June 2013

The two are Hassan  Razavi and Nimkard Tahari. Their friend, Mehdi Rahmani was arrested for having photographed the self-immolation. On that day, several of the leaders of the community were summoned to the Intelligence Ministry and warned that they must prevent a reaction by the community to the events. Razavi is hospitalized while Nimkard died of his wounds. Two followers of Ahl-e Haqq in Kurdistan set themselves on fire in protest to the persecution of another member of this group.  Ahl-e Haqq is a religious minority whose members are mostly ethnic Kurds.On June 4, 2013, Hassan Razavi set himself on fire in front of the main administrative offices in the Kurdistan Province.  Razavi’s self-immolation was done to protest how Keyumars Tamnak was being treated by officials in Hamadan Prison. Tamnak had been forced to shave off his facial hair which is revered by the followers of Ahl-e Haqq. On June 5, 2013, another member of Ahl-e Haqq, Nimkard Tahari, set himself on fire in front of the same building after hearing that five prison officials had held Tamnak down to shave off his mustache.  Tahari died en route to the hospital.

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  • Published: 2 years ago on Monday, 10 June 2013
  • By: Iran Daily Brief
  • Last Modified: June 10, 2013 @ 3:17 pm
  • Filed Under: Human Rights
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    • http://www.hra-news.org/1389-01-27-05-24-07/15733-1.html; http://www.hra-news.org/00/15746-1.html

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