Co-founder of PKK among murdered
PARIS, France—Three Kurdish female human rights activists were shot dead at point blank at the Kurdish institute in Paris on Jan. 10.
The dead include Sakine Cansiz, one of the co-founders of the Kurdish guerrilla group PKK, currently in negotiations with Ankara to establish a cease fire. The two others victims were Kurdistan National Committee (KNC) representative and head of the Kurdish institute Fidan Dogan, and activist Leyla Soylemez.
The French interior minister Manuel Valls said the three were “summarily executed.”
The bodies of the victims were found at the institute at 2 a.m. According to reports, the doors to the institute in Paris’s 10th arrondissement were locked and police had to break into the building. There were no CCTV cameras in the site of the murder.
According to the BBC, Cansiz was a founding member of the PKK, and the first senior female member of the organization. She led the Kurdish protest movement out of Diyarbakir prison in Turkey in 1980s. Later, she worked with PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan in Syria, and was a commander of the women’s guerrilla movement in Kurdish areas of northern Iraq. Recently, she has headed the PKK women’s movement in Europe