An Ahwazi delegation demands the United Nations protect Ahwazi people in Iran
An Ahwazi delegation participated for two days, Thursday and Friday (19th and 20th of November 2020), in the meetings of the 13th session of minority affairs that take place virtually at the United Nations Human Rights Council at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
The Thirteenth Session of the Forum on Minority Issues is convened on 19 and 20 November 2020 pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 6/15 of 28 September 2007 and resolution 19/23 of 23 March 2012.
The Forum was convened on the theme “Hate Speech, Social Media and Minorities”. Expressions of online hate speech and discrimination mainly target minorities and often create a climate of exclusion, intolerance, hostility, and even violence. There is indeed a need for careful and delicate efforts to ensuring respect for the right to freedom of opinion and expression while combating hate speech that may lead to harm for minorities. The Forum analyzed practices, challenges, opportunities, and initiatives in addressing hate speech in social media against the minorities, in line with the principles and rights enshrined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities and other relevant international instruments. (1)
The Ahwazi delegation delivered multiple speeches in both Arabic and English, and the delegation sent its reports about the Iranian occupation regime’s human rights violations in the Ahwaz region (South Ilam, Khuzestan, Bushehr, and Hormozgan in current Iranian map).
The First speech that was in Arabic language and presented by the Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights on Thursday the 19th of November 2020, was focused on the Iranian occupation regime fuelling its affiliated media and cyber army with hatred and violence towards others by teaching violence, hatred, racial discrimination and transcendence over the oppressed and occupied peoples like our Ahwazi Arab people and other non-Persian peoples. (2)
The Centre asks the UN to condemn the violence and hate speech practiced by the Iranian occupation authorities that prevent our people from expressing their demands freely, and while we condemn violence and hate speech, we hold the Iranian authorities responsible for any violence and mutual violence because of their spreading of violence and the culture of hatred and preventing the right expressing to our people demands for a just and legitimate right, on top of which is the right to self-determination.
The second speech was delivered on Friday the 20th of November 2020 and dedicated to the Iranian occupation regime promoting hatred and hate speech through conducting Persian language test for the primary school and those children that are not passing the test, are going to be prevented from entering the school, in which the act paves the way for children to hate the school and finally supporting the online hate speech against others. (3)
The representative of the Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights appealed to the major countries not to reduce the negotiations with the Iranian regime to the nuclear file and to take advantage of this opportunity to raise the file of human rights violations and the issue of discrimination against non-Persian nations and find solutions to protect them within the framework of bilateral and multilateral relations and dialogues, and to demand Iran to pledge to its international obligations that it has signed.
The story did not end there and soon the Centre’s speech end, the Iranian occupation regime’s representative demand “point of order” to reply to the Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights words. The representative started by false linking of the Centre to ASMLA group that is located in Denmark and Netherland while the Centre based in completely different countries than stated by the Iranian occupation regime representative in Geneva. (4)
The Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights rejects all false accusation made by Iranian occupation and criminal regime and the Centre preserve its rights to sue the criminals and dictators through its legal advisor.
Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights