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British government response to killings in Ahwaz

Alastair Burt, the British foreign minister responsible for relations with Iran, has condemned the killing of Ahwazi Arab protesters following the uprising of April 15.
Below are excerpts of his statement to the Ahwazi Arab Solidarity Network:
"I was deeply disturbed by the reports of violence against protesters in Ahwaz on 15 April, including reports of deaths of 20-30 protesters at the hands of security forces and 700 arrests. This is grossly hypocritical when Iran claims to support protests elsewhere in the region. Government officials raised our concern about the protests in Ahwaz with the Iranian Chargé d'Affaires in London on 28 April. I further condemn the nine reported executions in Ahwaz mentioned in your letter of 27 May. I am deeply concerned about reports that they were executed for political offences ... 

"On 17 June, the UN Human Rights Council announced the appointment of former Maldivian Foreign Minister, Dr Ahmed Shaheed, as UN Special Rapporteur on Iran ... In his mandate, Dr Ahmed Shaheed will be able to make recommendations for future action to the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Security Council ... I firmly believe that the appointment of a Special Rapporteur and the EU sanctions against human rights violators will provide strong encouragement to the many Iranians, including the Ahwazi Arabs, who bravely continue to speak up for their rights and the rights of others, and will send a strong international message to Iran that its human rights record is being closely watched as well as being condemned."