Mehdi Zana, a voice from behind the bars
“I had been in jail for 18 months before I was taken to court. While I was waiting to be called into the courtroom I asked to go to the lavatory because I wanted to see my face in the mirror. I stood ...
What I Witnessed in Diyarbakir Prison | American Kurdish Information Network (AKIN)
My name is Mehdi Zana. I’d like to start by expressing my appreciation to the organizers of the International Day against Torture, the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and the Torture Abolition and S...
Mehdi Zana, a voice from behind the bars
“I had been in jail for 18 months before I was taken to court. While I was waiting to be called into the courtroom I asked to go to the lavatory because I wanted to see my face in the mirror. I stood ...
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Selma Irmak
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Azad Zal
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Zaro Aga
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