Iraqi Kurds condemn attack on Kurdish asylum seeker in UK


Croydon magistrates court, where five people appeared in court on Monday over the assault. Photo: Kerim Okten/EPA (via The Guardian)

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The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) representation in the United Kingdom on Wednesday condemned the attack by a mob in Croydon against an Iranian Kurdish asylum seeker.

“We deeply condemn the shocking and despicable attack on Mr Reker Ahmed, the Kurdish teenage asylum seeker, in Croydon on Friday 31 March 2017,” the KRG said.

“Mr Ahmed was attacked just because he is a Kurd and refugee in this culturally diverse and democratic country,” it said.

“This hate crime has been widely deplored and seen by very few as any part of the response to the recent atrocities in Westminster,” the KRG said.

“Indeed, the Kurdish people and our Peshmerga forces are in the forefront of fighting extremism, battling Daesh and sacrificing their lives to protect the world from this transnational threat,” the KRG stated.

According to the Guardian, five people are currently in court accused of violent disorder after beating the Kurdish teenager unconscious.

“The Kurdistan Regional Government urges the authorities to work closely with communities to prevent further attacks on peaceful people,” the KRG said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Rekan Ahmed and we wish him a speedy recovery,” it said. “We hope that Mr Reker Ahmed will receive a appropriate support and protection. Critical to this is making sure that perpetrators of this brutal act are held accountable and brought to justice.”

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