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Ahwazi voice on indigenous issues at the United Nations

The following speech was made by Mansour Silawi-Ahwazi at the United Nations Forum on Indigenous Issues on 24 May 2006:

Thanks for giving me this chance to represent our Ahwazi Arabs (southwest Iran) which has been living in Al-Ahwaz territory for thousand of years and was governed by Ahwazis until 1925 when was included to Iran without its volition. Since that time Ahwazis receive various ways of discriminations and persecutions from both monarchy and Islamic republic regimes, which tried to abolish our singularities and dissolve our identity throughout taking various schemes, isolations, and racism policies such as land confiscation, force displacement, and building Persian settlements followed by inhuman repression such as killing and arresting purposelessly.

Consequently, our Ahwazi people endure poverty and deprivation in all means notwithstanding our homeland produces approximately 90% of Iranian petrol exports.

Undoubtedly, international community silence toward our persecution in past 8 decades took part to encourage the consecutive Iranian regimes in continuing racism policies against our people. Unfortunately, the cognate Arab countries are ignoring our just cause and wink at disastrous situation to five million indigenous Ahwazi Arabs. Accordingly, our people precluded from any remarkable international or Arabic underpinning.

Madam Chairperson, since the outbreak of the peaceful intifada on April 2005 which objects the Iranian policies that aimed to change the demographic region against the indigenous Arab population, our people suffer from inhumanity from Iranian security authorities which breach their human rights that have reached mass killing, detention of pregnant women, children, and brutal torturing. These, of course, condemned by most of human rights organisations such as Amnesty International and human rights watch.

In conclusion, we demand international community in particular United Nation for immediate intervention to stop human rights violation in Al-Ahwaz and savage lives of hundreds of arrested and detainees especially women, children, patients and elderly from Iranian detention centres and prisons.