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Messages of Solidarity for Ahwazis for Intifada Anniversary

The British Ahwazi Friendship Society (BAFS) has received the following messages of solidarity from Portuguese Socialist MEP Paulo Casaca, who heads the European Parliament's delegation to NATO, and the prominent British human rights activist and Green Party member Peter Tatchell ahead of the anniversary of last year's 15 April Ahwazi Arab uprising in Iran.

Paulo Casaca

It has been with a deep revulsion that I have been receiving the sad news of the brutal and criminal repression of the ethnic Arab minority in Iran, most specially, the attack on the families of dissident political activists.

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 been dragged to prison and torture, my full solidarity.

In this occasion, I would like to convey to you my full solidarity to 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.

Link: Paulo Casaca MEP

Peter Tatchell

As a gay and human rights campaigner, and as a member of the Green Party of England and Wales, I express my solidarity with the freedom struggle of the Ahwazi Arab people.

Human rights are universal and indivisible. Wherever there is injustice and oppression, people have a right to rebel. It is the duty of all people everywhere to stand together, united in solidarity against oppression.

Iran is a racist state, with a covert agenda for the ethnic cleansing of the Ahwazi Arab nation. This is a crime against humanity under international law.

The massacres, arrests, jailing, tortures and executions of Ahwazi Arabs are a blot on the conscience of the world.

Despite living in the region of Iran richest in oil, the Ahwazi Arab people are victims of a cruel, deliberate impoverishment by the Iranian regime.

This monstrous injustice must end. The tyrannical clerical dictatorship in Tehran must go, and be replaced by a democratic, secular state that ensures human rights and self-government for the Ahwazi Arab people and freedom for all ethnic, sexual, religious and cultural minorities.

Link: Peter Tatchell

Ahwazi groups based in Europe will be holding a demonstration outside the European Parliament in Brussels on 15 April at 12 noon. Click here for more information.