A leading member of the European Parliament, Paulo Casaca, has pledged his support to the Ahwazi democratic resistance to the Iranian regime.
In a letter to the British Ahwazi Friendship Society (BAFS), the Portuguese Socialist MEP who leads the European Parliament's delegation to NATO, expressed disgust at the "brutal and criminal repression of the ethnic Arab minority in Iran". He highlighted the imprisonment of the wives and children - one of which is just two years old - of Ahwazi opposition activists. In the letter, he stated: "I would ask you to convey to the families and closest friends of those who are murdered, of those who see their wives and children dragged to prison and torture, my full solidarity."
He added that he was in "full solidarity" with "the struggle of the democratic Ahwazi Resistance against this barbaric regime that in the name of religion and holy values practices the most vile and sordid acts."
Mr Casaca has championed the Ahwazi Arab issue at a European level and managed to win cross-party support for European Parliament condemnation of forced displacement of Arabs near Ahwaz City. He has described Iran's land confiscation and the wave of human rights violations against the Ahwazis as "ethnic cleansing" and called on the European Commission to take action to address the situation.
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