The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) has reiterated calls by the Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation (AHRO) for an end to mass executions of Ahwazi Arabs (click here for UNPO's press release).
The international lobbying organisation, which supports self-determination for ethnic groups across the world, said that it "remains deeply concerned by the routine execution of Iran's dissidents, strongly condemns the use of public hangings, and has repeatedly called for international action to address the deteriorating human rights situation faced by the Ahwazi Arab population of Iran."
It has written an appeal to Dr. Javier Solana, the Secretary-General/High Representative of the Council of the European Union, Pierre de Boissieu, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union, and Mr. Robert Cooper, Director-General of External Economic Relations and Politico-Military Affairs at the Council of the European Union, to:
- urge Iran to immediately halt the executions of the latest seven Ahwazi Arab activists sentenced to death;
- urge Iran to afford all Ahwazi Arab activists presently detained; free, fair, and open trails, in a manner consistent with international standards of justice;
- call upon the Iranian Government to cease in its use of public executions as a weapon of free and oppression.