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Declaration of father’s ethnicity, employment’s condition in Ahwaz sugar cane

According to “Shargh” newspaper and in a report that was published on Tuesday, December 19 2017, stated that the “Iran (Ahwaz) sugar cane industry” company in Khuzestan province (part of Al-Ahwaz) calls on all applicants for employment to declare the ethnicity of their father on recruitment forms; a matter which has been unprecedented in geographical so called Iran.

According to the report, the “Haftepeh” sugar cane sugar industry company near Susa (Shush) city, has been known for long time to its workers’ gatherings in protest of the non-payment of their rights.

The report adds: In this recruitment form, all applicants must indicate what their father’s ethnicity is and what ethnic group they belong to. The issue, which has always been a special issue with regard to the history of such a problem in different parts of the geographical so called Iran.

The question of the individuals’ ethnicity when recruiting is a form of racial discrimination and a kind of inquisition where it’s in complete contrary to principles 19 and 20 of the Iranian fundamental law that’s indicates all people have equal rights despite of their gender and ethnicity.

Also this action is against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, as well as the Law on the Inclusion that was signed by Iranian regime to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination in Employment and Occupation, No. 111.

Although the Iranian company justify their act that comes to hire the indigenous people but there are other ways that they can know local people by looking to national ID cards or birth certificates if the officials are really caring for local people.

The “Farabi” sugar cane company’s workers were protesting opposite of the company’s building demanding the payment of their salaries as well as recruiting more indigenous people. The protest long for three days where according to Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights sources said that the official was replying to protestors that we have had recruited more than 400 indigenous workers in the “Farabi” sugar cane company, and by showing the names of the workers and their address, the protestors found out that all workers were from other part of Iran and gave false address while recruiting that raised the protestors anger.

The Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights strongly condemns the racial discrimination against Ahwazi workers and believes that such act by the Iranian officials not only is against the constitution laws in the country (if there is law in Iran), it is in contravention of the international human rights charter. Such a course certainly has a fundamental problem and cannot have any justification and such question must be eliminated forever.


Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights


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