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Kurdistan government protests arrest of Kurdish singer
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Kurdistan government protests arrest of
Kurdish singer Sivan Perwer
August 21, 2009
Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — The Kurdistan Regional
Government (KRG) has made an official protest to the
Canadian government following the arrest of a
well-known Kurdish singer.
“Upon recommendation from the region’s president,
Massoud Barzani, the KRG has lodged a formal protest
to the Canadian government about the arrest of
well-known Kurdish singer, Sivan Perwer,” a foreign
relations official in the regional government, Falah
Mustafa Bakr, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
The letter of protest has called on the Canadian
government to make an official apology to the people
of Kurdistan and to the singer himself.
Sivan Perwer is a political refugee. He has lived in
Europe since the late 1970s. In the 1980s, he played
a major role in encouraging Kurdish revolutions. He
pays frequent visits to the Kurdistan region,www.ekurd.net
the last of which was
this year to support the Kurdistan List in the
recent parliamentary elections.
Internationally acclaimed Kurdish superstar Sivan
held by an OPP
officer during a high-risk police takedown on Hwy.
427 Sunday night. Cops were tipped to armed men in a
Hummer, but it was actually Perwer and his crew
filming Canadian scenes for his TV show.
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