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Iran is ethnic cleansing Ahwazis claims senior European politician

A senior member of the European Parliament has condemned Iran's treatment of the Ahwazi Arabs as "ethnic cleansing" in an article for the on-line Cafe Babel magazine.

Portuguese Socialist MEP Paulo Casaca, who is co-chair of the cross-party Friends of a Free Iran group and head of the EP delegation to NATO, called Iran "the number one promoter of Islamic fanaticism in Europe and the Arab World."

He added: "At the same time it has lobbied for favours from Western politicians and conducted campaigns against those who oppose its policies. No longer can this be tolerated."

He also condemned corporate investors such as Norway's Statoil for ignoring the plight of Ahwazis, who are impoverished and subjected to land confiscation programmes, and profiting from oil extracted from their homeland.

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