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Kuwaiti newspaper publishes call for an end to Syria's anti-Ahwazi policy

Kuwait's independent newspaper Alqabas has published an open letter to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad by eight Ahwazi Arab groups calling him to release Ahwazi Arab refugees arrested in Syria over the past week (click here for further information).

Referring to the deportation of UN-registered Ahwazi refugee Saeed Saki (pictured), the Ahwazi groups claimed that the the arrests were "the first time that Syrian Arab nationalist government handed an Ahwazi Arab to the Iranians," calling the arrests "a dangerous dark spot policy in Syrian history directed against our just cause."

The letter added: "The Ahwazis always have been grateful for Syrian nation to welcome them in their second homeland and they have always taken a responsible approach towards the rule of law in Syria"

The letter was signed by the Ahwazi Arab Liberation Front, the Arabistani National Party, the Ahwazi Cultural Committee, the Ahwazi National United Movement, the Ahwazi Patriotic Solidarity Party, the Ahwazi Arab Struggle Movement, the Ahwazi Democratic Assembly and the Ahwazi Patriotic Democratic Movement. Click here to read the letter.

Further information:
Amnesty International report - Syria: Fear of forcible returnSyria's Deportation Scandal
More Arrests of Ahwazi Arabs in Syria
Ahwazi Arabs arrested in Syria on Iran's request
Syrian human rights activists arrested amid Ahwazi deportation scandal
Lebanese democrats support Ahwazis