KRG UK Representation Statement on attack on Reker Ahmed

We deeply condemn the shocking and despicable attack on Mr Reker Ahmmed, the Kurdish teenage Asylum Seeker, in Croydon on Friday 31 March 2017.

Mr Ahmmed was attacked just because he is a Kurd and refugee in this culturally diverse and democratic country.

This hate crime, has been widely deplored and seen by very few as any part of the response to the recent atrocities in Westminster.

Indeed, the Kurdish people and our Peshmerga forces are in the forefront of fighting extremism, battling Daesh and sacrificing their lives to protect the world from this transnational threat.

The Kurdistan Regional Government urges the authorities to work closely with communities to prevent further attacks on peaceful people.

Thanks to all those who contacted us and sent messages of sympathy to this case. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Rekan Ahmed and we wish him a speedy recovery. We hope that Mr Reker Ahmed will receive a appropriate support and protection. Critical to this is making sure that perpetrators of this brutal act are held accountable and brought to justice.

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