The passing of Hamid Akh, a Civil Activist and Dedicated Colleague of Hengaw

Hamid Akh, a civil activist from Sanandaj and a dedicated colleague of

22 February 2024 18:38


Hengaw: Thursday, February 22, 2024

Hamid Akh, a civil activist from Sanandaj and a dedicated colleague of Hengaw in covering human rights events, has passed away. He suffered a heart attack at his residence in Germany after leaving Iran due to pressure from security institutions, where he had been residing for several months. Alongside his family, he has diligently advocated for the civil rights of citizens over the past years with responsibility and unwavering commitment.

According to a report received by the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, on the evening of Wednesday, February 21, 2024, Hamid Akh, a well-known civil activist from Sanandaj, suffered a heart attack at his residence in Germany and passed away in the early hours of today.

Hamid Akh has been active in advocating for the civil and cultural rights of the Kurdish people for many years. Due to his activism, he was repeatedly summoned by security institutions in Sanandaj and faced pressure and threats.

In early spring last year, this civil activist and his family fled Iran to Germany out of necessity after facing increased pressure from security institutions. Their departure was prompted by their active participation in burial ceremonies for protesters killed during the Women, Life, Freedom (Jin, Jiyan, Azadi) movement in Dehgolan, Sanandaj, Saqqez, and Bukan. Furthermore, two days after the mass arrest of nearly 30 family members of killed protesters in Kurdistan on the road from Saqqez to Bukan, Hamid Akh, along with his wife and two children, left Iran to save their lives.

The family played a significant role in the Women, Life, Freedom movement as well as in the protests and strikes of Sanandaj cultural workers. Their activities led to prosecution by the security institutions of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

In his last Instagram post, Hamid Akh urged people to boycott parliamentary elections by reposting a video depicting the crimes committed by the IRGC in November 2022 in Javanroud.

The members and colleagues of the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights express deep regret and condolences to the family and friends of Hamid Akh on his passing.

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