The family of Rahim Kiukan, who is based in the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK, MKO) camp in Albania, has written a letter to the Albanian Prime Minister asking for help with his situation in the country.
The text of the letter, which follows, has also been sent to other Albanian government officials as well as international organizations and the media.
Mr Edi Rama,
Honorable Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania
Greetings and best regards
We, the extended family of Mr Rahim Kiukan – who is based in the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK, MKO) camp in Albania – including his wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, 2 daughters-in-law and 7 grandchildren – have been informed that he has been trying to make contact with his family for years but has been prevented from doing so by the MEK.
According to the information we obtained, he is now seriously ill and in quarantine due to the physical and psychological pressures that are generally placed on disaffected people in the MEK seeking contact with their families, and he is still not allowed to communicate with his family.
We also learned that he had been severely pressured to take a public stand against his family, who have been working tirelessly to obtain any information about him, and to denounce their actions, which he refused to do, and he is therefore placed under double pressure.
Rahim, 78, left Iran in September 1981 in support of the MEK at the behest of the organization and eventually went to Iraq. He was then transferred to Albania with other members of the organization. Like other members, he has no right to communicate with the outside world, especially family and friends.
During these years, we made great efforts and sent many letters to Albanian government officials and international and human rights organizations, asking them to help us contact Rahim and get information about his condition, but we did not get any results from these efforts.
We urge you to help us in any way possible to establish a connection with Rahim Kiukan, who is a prisoner of the MEK in Albania and who has been deprived of any right to communicate and is quite ill in old age, so that we can move beyond our worries.
Leila Kiukan on behalf of the family
Phone: + 98-9127103706