IRB – Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (Autor)
Information on the "DPIK Vancouver
Committee" could not be found among the sources consulted by the
For information on the synonymy of KDPI
(Kurdish [or Kurdistan] Democratic Party of Iran) and DPIK
(Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan), please see Response to
Information Request IRN28916.E of 6 March 1998. Sources consulted
by the Research Directorate indicate that PDKI is the French
version of both KDPI and DPIK. "Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran"
is "Parti démocratique kurde d'Iran" in French, and
"Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan" is "Parti
démocratique du Kurdistan iranien" in French. Either way,
the French initials are "PDKI". For examples, please see Response
to Information Request IRN7310 (in French) of 29 November 1990, and
the French version of the IRB Question and Answer paper entitled
"Iran: Chronology of Events, June 1989-July 1994" ("Iran :
Chronologie des événements, juin 1989 à
A professor with the Department of
Political Science at Springfield College in Mobile, Alabama, who
specializes in Iranian studies and who has written about Iranian
Kurds, confirmed to the Research Directorate in a 30 March 1998
telephone interview that KDPI, DPIK, and PDKI all refer to the same
organization. This information was corroborated by a representative
of the KDPI in a letter sent by fax to the Research Directorate on
1 April 1998.
The KDPI representative also informed the
Research Directorate, in the same letter, that only the Office of
International Relations ("Bureau des Relations Internationales") of
the KDPI is authorized to confirm whether a person is a member or
sympathizer of the KDPI. Only the head of the Office, Ghacem
Hosseini, has the authority to sign documents which provide such
confirmation. Moreover, Mr. Hosseini will sign such documents only
after the case has been studied by the KDPI Membership Commission
("Commission d'adhésion") in Kurdistan and the said
Commission has informed Mr. Hosseini of the status of the person in
question. The KDPI representative did not specify in which part of
Kurdistan the office of the KDPI Membership Commission is
The Research Directorate was informed in a
31 March 1998 telephone interview with a representative of the KDPI
in The Netherlands that the head of The Netherlands branch of the
KDPI is Sadegh Zarza.
This Response was prepared after
researching publicly accessible information currently available to
the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is
not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any
particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
KDPI, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. 31
March 1998. Telephone interview with a representative.
KDPI, Paris, France. 1 April 1998.
Letter sent to the Research Directorate by fax.
Professor of political science
specializing in Iranian studies, Springfield College, Mobile,
Alabama. 30 March 1998. Telephone interview.