The American Kurdish Information Network (AKIN) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization established in 1993 to serve the information needs of this country relative to the Kurds. It does this to fulfill two needs: ours, to hold a mirror to the events that are taking place in the Kurdish regions of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria; and those of the American public, to enable them to have access to collected materials on the subject. AKIN hopes to function as a bridge over which friendships and knowledge are exchanged to the benefit of both peoples. It aims to increase awareness about the Kurds. AKIN is comprised of Kurdish Americans and recent refugees from all walks of life: entrepreneurs, blue- and white-collar workers, students, and American supporters. AKIN collects, translates, and disseminates information about the Kurds. It hopes to become a valuable resource center for policy makers, scholars, and students of the region. At the same time, it seeks to promote understanding between the Kurds and the Americans. In Kurdistan, AKIN wants the killings to stop, peace to prevail, and the will of the people to be respected and accepted.
- provides commentary on the situation of the Kurds in Kurdistan;
- exposes every form of human rights violation and repression against the Kurdish people;
- informs the public about the political and cultural developments in Kurdistan.
- to disseminate information to the press and media;
- to secure the interest of Congress, political leaders, and other democratic and progressive forces;
- to publish documents, reports, and books related to the politics and culture of Kurdistan;
- to provide information and give advice to journalists, representatives, and human rights activists intending to visit the region.
AKIN publications include:
- occasional commentaries;
- reports from government officials, lawyers, and human rights organizations concerning human rights abuses in Kurdistan.
AKIN calls for:
- an independent international human rights investigation into widespread human rights abuses committed against Kurds;
- a UN special investigation into torture, arbitrary detention, and extra-judicial executions, and for the perpetrators of these grave violations to be brought to trial;
- the Kurdish people to be allowed to exercise their fundamental universally-acknowledged right to self-determination;
- a negotiated settlement to the Kurdish question, with the governments with jurisdiction over the Kurds agreeing to an open an unconditional dialogue with representatives of the Kurdish people;
- the U.S., Canada, and all European countries to immediately stop supplying weapons to Turkey;
- all nations to end the deportation of Kurdish refugees;
- tourists to boycott Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran as a holiday destination.