URGENT ACTION

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23 Jan 2016

URGENT ACTION

Violation of the right of protesters in Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijan resources informed that at least one protester has been killed and dozens have been injured, and a massive number have been arrested in Azerbaijan in Iran.

A massive number of Azerbaijani Turks in Iran demonstrated against the Iranian national channel TV after insulting Turkish people in the TV. The protesters have demanded an apology, and stop insulting Turks in Iran. The Azerbaijani Turks accuses the Iranian authorities of spreading fascism and racism ideology against Turks in Iran.

According to International Law and international community, and specifically the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, people in Azerbaijan- Iran have the right to make protest against the system. However, the Iranian authorities use violence to stop the protests, and at the same time use different policies to suppress the voices of Azerbaijan people in Iran (Turks people in Iran).

The Ahwazi Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights strongly condemned the Iranian ill-treatments against Azerbaijani Turks people. The Ahwazi Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights demand the International Human Rights Organisations and International Community in general and Dr. Ahmad Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur of Human Rights for Iran in particular, to pay more attention for the case of Turks protesters in Iran, and also put Iran under pressure to stop its ill-treatments policy against Azerbaijani Turks in Iran, and stop Iranian violation against the right of peaceful protest in South- Azerbaijan in Iran.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

South Azerbaijan is a Turkish land that located in the North-West in Iran, including provinces, such as West and East Azerbaijan, Ardabil, Zanjan, Qazvin, Hamadan, Markazi, Tehran, and Alborz. The population of Azerbaijani Turks in Iran- estimated – between 25-30 million, although Iran claims that the population of Turks in Iran is around 15-18 million.

The Iranian authorities have changed the majority of Turkish names of the cities and villages to Persian name after 1935. The language of Turkish in the governmental offices are mainly forbidden. Poverty and discrimination in South-Azerbaijan have been increased since the Islamic Republic took power in Iran in 1979

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