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European solidarity for Iran's Ahwazi Arabs

Members of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (ELDRP), comprising Europe's centrist parties including the UK's Liberal Democrats, have sent messages of solidarity to Ahwazi Arabs following the massacre of at least 23 people in Iran's province of Khuzestan last weekend.

The ELDRP's youth wing, the 210,000-member Liberal and Radical Youth Movement of the European Community (LYMEC) and the Italian Radicals Party have signed a Trasnational Radical Party Appeal that urges the UN, the European Council and their member states to call on the Iranian authorities to respect the human and civil rights of all Iranian citizens, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The appeal also calls for Iran to put an end to its attempts to promote theocracy in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East and to allow a free, independently monitored referendum for the revision of the Constitution and the establishment of a secular, democratic state based on the rule of law.

Ahwazi representatives welcomed the support and asked for all European political parties to petition the international community on behalf of all Iran's oppressed minorities.

>> Click here for the Transnational Radical Party's appeal for a free and democratic Iran