Month: May 2017

European Parliament Conference On Human Rights, Democracy And The Right To Decide Opens Xii Session Of The Unpo General Assembly

Exploring a similar situation of occupation of an indigenous land rich in natural resources Mr Nasser Boladai, Spokesperson of the Balochistan Peoples Party, presented the case of Balochistan, a region that is tied to multiple states’ geo-political interests.

European Parliament Conference on Human Rights, Democracy and the Right to Decide Opens XII Session of the UNPO General Assembly

Brussels 2 July 2015 – In light of the continuous need to raise awareness on the human rights situation of those seeking self-determination and democracy, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), in cooperation with the European Free Alliance (EFA) and Center Maurits Coppieters (CMC), convened a high-level conference at the European Parliament entitled “Auctioning Human Rights? Democracy and the Right to Decide”.

Hosted by Mr Josu Juaristi Abaunz MEP (GUE/NGL), the conference brought together academic experts, human rights activists and high level politicians, among which Mr Ian Hudghton MEP; Mr Jordi Solé i Ferrando, Secretary General of EFA and Catalan MP; Mr Csaba Sógor MEP; Ms Nelly Maes, former MEP and former President of EFA; Mr Shri Ushatan Talukder, Bangladeshi MP from the Chittagong Hill Tracts; and Mr Yonadam Kanna, Iraqi MP and Secretary General of the Assyrian Democratic Movement. Looking at diverse examples of unrepresented nations and peoples, the conference offered a fruitful opportunity for participants to share their experiences, which ranged from more successful cases, such as Scotland, Catalonia and Kosovo, to cases whereby geopolitical and economic interests continue to impede the fulfillment of human rights. The conference was organized on the occasion of the opening of the XII Session of the UNPO General Assembly.

Following the opening remarks by Josu Juaristi Abaunz MEP and Mr Marino Busdachin, UNPO General Secretary, Mr Ian Hudghton MEP and President of the Scottish National Party (SNP), opened the first panel, entitled Building Momentum on the Right to Decide, with an overview of the eventful decade that Scotland is going through.. The referendum of 2014 was the most iconic achievement to this date in the Scottish people’s struggle for self-determination, as it offered them a democratic opportunity to determine their own future. Regardless of the outcome of the referendum, Mr Hudghton said, the legacy of this political event is unquestionable.

The second speaker, Mr Jordi Solé i Ferrando, Secretary General of EFA and Catalan MP, shared his views on the current state of play in Catalonia. For a new country in the making, Mr Solé explained that independence and socio-economic improvement are synonyms and both are key to success in the case of Catalonia. He further explained that Catalonia’s desire is to become the next EU member. Closing the first panel, Mr Zsolt Sylagyi, representative of the Hungarian Community in Transylvania, delivered a speech illustrating how Romania’s centralised political system has driven the country’s intelligence service to consider minority questions as a matter of national security. He added that the EU, in light of the values it aims to promote, should contribute to encourage Romania to enact reforms to accommodate the concept of local autonomy.

The second panel, entitled Money Talks: Undermining Self-Determination and Democracy in the 21st Century, started off with a speech by Mr Michael Jewkes, Doctoral Researcher at KU Leuven. Presenting different theoretical models of self-determination and their relation tosecession, Mr Jewkes emphasized that priority must be given to the improvement of international recognition of national identities.

Addressing the need of unrepresented nations and peoples to access to diplomatic forums, Dr Fiona McConnell, Associate Professor at Oxford University, Highlighted that UNPO has been crucial in offering these peoples a platform and form of legitimacy.

Further elaborating on the importance of balancing traditional diplomacy with paradiplomacy, Ms Lorena Lopez de Lacalle, Secretary of International Relations of Eusko Alkartasuna, spoke about the Basque struggle for self-determination and the difficulties imposed by the Spanish and French States. According to her, the Basque ambitions for a greater say in international relations and communications with external actors can only be achieved through full independence and, consequently, through real diplomacy.

Ms Nelly Maes, former President of EFA, former MEP and former president of the Flemish Peace Institute, argued that the EU construction is based on democratic values but, in practice, the dominant framework holding the Union together is the free-market, which in turn makes economic interests prevail over the promotion of minorities and nations. She emphasized the need to build solidarity among oppressed peoples and work together to strengthen every nation’s right to decide its own future.

The third panel, entitled Holding Human Rights Hostage: Self-Determination, Democracy & Tolerance was opened by Mr Abdirahman Mahdi, ONLF Foreign Secretary. After briefly presenting the history and geography of Ogaden, Mr Mahdi explained how the Ethiopian regime has systematically denied the Ogaden people their right to self-determination and moreover committed aggressive and systematic human rights violations against this ethnic group. The situation has further escalated due to interests of multinational oil companies that are contrary tothose of the people in Ogaden.

Exploring a similar situation of occupation of an indigenous land rich in natural resources Mr Nasser Boladai, Spokesperson of the Balochistan Peoples Party, presented the case of Balochistan, a region that is tied to multiple states’ geo-political interests. In consideration of its coal and gas resources, Pakistani and Iranian interests in the region deprive the Baloch people of any rights. Mr Boladai further explained how the struggle for a secular and democratic Iranian republic with a federal structure based on the equality of its components has lead the Baloch people to suffer mass displacement, killings, disappearances and unjust imprisonments.

Mr Abidine Merzough, European Coordinator of IRA-Mauritania, drew attention to the long struggle against slavery and the appalling human rights situation in Mauritania. He highlighted the importance and effectiveness of UNPO’s support to the cause of the Haratin people, but warned that every time international awareness is raised on the situation in the country, there is a new wave of crackdown on activists. Mr Merzough also reminded the audience of the case of Biram Dah Abeid, Member of the UNPO Presidency still imprisoned for his pacific activism against slavery.

The fourth and last panel, entitled Working Towards Success? Stories from Europe and Beyond started by looking at the case of Kosovo. Mr Agron Bajrami, Editor in Chief of Koha Ditore, delivered a remarkable speech, giving his perspective on his country’s progression towards independence. Mr Bajrami reminded the audience that initially the international community did not pay attention to the peaceful pro-independence Kosovar movement and it was only when violent conflict broke out that major international actors mobilized, thus helping to shape the outcome. Full recognition, he argued, will always remain an issue, as great powers are not prone to breaking the status quo of international relations.

Dr Joanie Willett, member of Mebyon Kernow, presented the case of the Cornish nation. She revealed that the success behind the national element in Cornwall has developed partly thanks to the prospective of building an alternative to the discredited three party system based in London. If for the UK’s political center Cornwallremains largely insignificant, the Cornish put their land at the very core of everything they do.

The last speaker, Mr Artur Gaguliya, Head of the Department of Europe, USA and Canada in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia, explained how his country has managed to increasingly conclude international agreements and advance its State budget, despite the drawbacks of his country’s limited recognition, as well as infrastructural damages caused by the war in the 1990s. Still facing diplomatic and trade challenges, including visa issues and international blockades, Abkhazia has nevertheless reinforced its democratic process through institution building and the holding of free and fair elections, to which UNPO sent an electoral observation mission in 2014. Mr Gaguliya reiterated Abkhazia’s commitment to the fundamental principles of democracy and expressed hope that his country will manage to strengthen its relationship with the EU in the future.

Highlighting a diverse set of cases, ranging from Catalonia to Scotland, from Balochistan to Kosovo, from Ogaden to Abkhazia, the conference concluded that, regardless of a nation’s or people’s geography, history, identity and status quo, there is a real need to build solidarity and share expertise among nations and peoples struggling for self-determination. UNPO remains committed to offer all its members a platform to access the international community, and will continue to work to ensure that their voices are heard and their rights protected.

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Xii Unpo Ga Adopts General Resolution And Elects New Presidency

Mr Nasser Boladai from West Balochistan was then elected the new President of UNPO and Mr Abdirahman Mahdi from Ogaden the new Vice-President, with 2/3 of the voting-eligible Members supporting their nomination.

XII UNPO GA Adopts General Resolution and Elects New Presidency

On 4 July 2015, UNPO Members gathered at the Flemish Parliament in Brussels for the final day of the Organization’s XII General Assembly. The agenda consisted of a debate and adoption of a General Resolution aimed at guiding the work of UNPO until the next General Assembly, as well as of the election of a new President, Vice-President and 9 Presidency Members. The final session, chaired by newly elected UNPO President Mr Nasser Boladai of West Balochistan, ended with an interactive debate between UNPO Members and the Secretariat on the challenges and opportunities facing the day-to-day work of the Organization.

After having declared the final day of UNPO’s XII General Assembly open, UNPO President Mr Ngawang Choephel gave the floor to Mr Enghebatu Togochog, the Head of Delegation of Southern Mongolia, to present the General Resolution draft as prepared by the Drafting Committee. Subsequently, through the mediation of the President, Members had the opportunity to provide input and suggestions for amendments to specific articles of the Resolution. An additional article was added to the draft, addressing regional organizations and their need to protect and promote human rights.

Following the amendments and adoption of the final version of the General Resolution, the Head of Delegation of the Afrikaners, Dr Pieter Groenewald, presented the nominations for the new Presidency: Tibet, Taiwan, East Turkestan, Crimean Tatars, Iranian Kurdistan, Afrikaners, Khmer Krom, Oromo and West Papua. As no alternative list had been put forth, and the aforementioned list had received the required majority of support, the composition of the new Presidency was declared as such. Mr Nasser Boladai from West Balochistan was then elected the new President of UNPO and Mr Abdirahman Mahdi from Ogaden the new Vice-President, with 2/3 of the voting-eligible Members supporting their nomination.

Mr Boladai, who following his election was tasked to take on the role of chairing the meeting, first of all expressed his gratefulness for being entrusted with the presidential mandate. He opened his speech by stressing his desire to set a new agenda for UNPO, and his commitment to create and achieve more for the organization. He underlined the fact that all UNPO Members, despite facing very different environments and situations, aim for the same goal – dignity. Finally, Mr Boladai thanked General Secretary Mr Marino Busdachin and the UNPO Secretariat, and congratulated the new Vice-President, Mr Mahdi on his election.

In accord with the UNPO Covenant, the XII Session of the General Assembly extended the mandates of the Organization’s General Secretary and the Treasurer, without an election. The next election for these key positions will take place during the XIII Session.

In the afternoon session of the Assembly, Dr Fiona McConnell from Oxford University provided the GA participants with a presentation of the renowned university’s new partnership with UNPO – a training program entitled “Training diplomats from Unrepresented Nations: capacity building for effective UN lobbying”, which will be available for UNPO Members throughout 2015 and 2016. Following the presentation of Dr McConnell, UNPO Program Manager Ms Johanna Green and Program Coordinator Ms Iva Petkovic spoke about the activities of the Secretariat, current UNPO programs and projects in Brussels and beyond, and addressed a round of statements, questions and comments raised by the Members.
The General Resolution as adopted on the occasion of the XII Session of the UNPO General Assembly:

XII Session of the UNPO General Assembly

General Resolution

On the occasion of the XII Session of the UNPO General Assembly, the following general resolution was adopted on 4 July 2015 in Brussels, Belgium:

Expressing its solidarity with UNPO Members and other victims of oppression, violence and discrimination who are struggling to gain respect for their human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide;

Reiterating all members’ commitment to the Organization’s fundamental principles: democracy, non-violence, human rights, self-determination, tolerance and environmental protection, as expressed in the Covenant;

Reaffirming its continued engagement with the international community and expressing serious concern with regards to the lack of opportunities for political minorities and unrepresented nations and peoples to be heard;

Regretting that over 20 years after the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, states continue to commit grave and systematic human rights violations against other nations and minorities;

Solemnly proclaiming the necessity to fully investigate, denounce and redress gross human rights violations against nations and indigenous peoples worldwide, which are too often hidden from the world or ignored by the media;

Affirming the importance of working to give all nations and ethnic communities the opportunity to have a say in the decisions that concern their territory, culture, language, heritage, environment and people.

1. Calls upon the international community to recognise that the 21st century presents the world with new challenges in matters of human security, the environment, the economy, social welfare, and culture, affecting nations and peoples who are not adequately represented in international fora, thus underscoring the importance and urgency of UNPO’s work, which embraces the concepts of individual and collective rights;

2. Calls upon intergovernmental organizations such as the European Union, African Union, ASEAN, Arab League, Organization of American States, Melanesian Spearhead Group, SAARC to honour their human rights commitments and respect the rights of all nations to self-determination;

3. Deplores that the 21st century is still facing contemporary forms of slavery including bonded labour, child slavery and sexual exploitation;

4. Strongly condemns the continuous human rights violations committed against Members in the form of arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings, as well as all forms of discrimination;

5. Severely condemns the reprisals facing UNPO Members engaging in political activities, notably through the adoption of anti-terrorism laws that allow for more severe restrictions of personal liberty;

6. Further condemns the reprisals faced by members of the diaspora who lobby for their people, consisting in intimidations, threats and sometimes actual violence or arbitrary arrests of family members or friends still in their homeland;

7. Also condemns the lack of political will many UN Member States show towards the protection of their environment, of which areas are often sold off solely for financial reward, to the expense of future generations and particularly to the detriment of indigenous peoples, who lose traditional lands that they have inhabited for centuries, and are further punished under the pretext of environmental protection;

8. Denounces the fact that human rights discussions, fora and meetings of relevant UN bodies are restricted in their access, to the extent that this access is often completely denied to representatives of stateless nations;

9. Insists that the UN Human Rights Council take a more proactive role in supporting the rights of stateless peoples and nations, in particular for access to Special Procedure mandate-holders;

10. Urges the international community and especially the United Nations to allow de facto states to be recognised as independent states;

11. Encourages relevant organizations and Member States to work for the preservation and promotion of minority cultures and languages, which can be a source of enrichment not only for the relevant communities but for all;

12. Calls upon states to demilitarize territories of indigenous nations, end population transfers, implement the relocation of outside settlers, cease all exploitation of their lands without prior and informed consent, and continue with the effective implementation of agreements signed by indigenous peoples’ and states’ representatives.

See also article on the Opening Conference of the XII General Assembly, 2 July 2015, European Parliament.

See also article on the 2nd Day of the XII General Assembly, 3 July 2015, De Markten.

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Empowering Unrepresented Diplomats First Workshop On Un Advocacy In Geneva: Training Of Diplomats From Unrepresented Nations Capacity Building For Effective Un Lobbying

The facilitators also explained the importance of developing an advocacy strategy, rather than contributing to UN activities through scattered meetings or roundtables.

Empowering Unrepresented Diplomats – First Workshop on UN Advocacy in Geneva: Training of Diplomats from Unrepresented Nations Capacity building for effective UN lobbying
On 24-25 September 2015, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), together with Oxford University Associate Professor Fiona McConnell and Tibet Justice Centre, ran a workshop entitled “Gaining Access and Preparing an Advocacy Strategy”, in which participants from 14 different unrepresented nations discussed their advocacy possibilities at various UN bodies, guided by a team of trainers and facilitators, including Susan Akram (Boston University) and Joshua Cooper (University of Hawaii). The workshop, the first of the larger programme “Training Diplomats from Unrepresented Nations: Capacity Building for Effective UN Lobbying”, was funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, 2015-2016.

From over one hundred applicants, 17 participants representing the Acheh, Ahwaz, Baloch, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Crimean Tatar, Haratin, Iranian Kurdish, Nagorno-Karabakh, Ogaden, Oromo, Palestinian, Somaliland, Tibetan and West Papuan communities, were selected to participate in the workshop, which took place in the premises of the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR).

After discussing why it is useful to lobby the United Nations, the first afternoon was dedicated to the different UN bodies working on human rights and especially the concept of periodic reviews of UN Member States, to which NGOs and other interested parties can actively contribute. The participants also compared their advocacy experiences at the UN, including difficulties and bureaucratic impediments they have had to face, mainly deriving from bullying and blocking techniques of several UN Member States. The discussion highlighted the existence of a pattern of episodes of restricted access to UN buildings and activities, often unjustified or ascribed to technical problems or miscommunications.

On the second day, the participants looked into the concept and usefulness of having ECOSOC status, as well as alternatives for organizations who do not manage to obtain it due to blocking by one or several states. The facilitators also explained the importance of developing an advocacy strategy, rather than contributing to UN activities through scattered meetings or roundtables. The group then compared their views and experiences of drafting alternative reports and press releases, as well as of the media and social media campaigns that should accompany all activities. In the final session, after a short exercise to guide participants in the use of UN websites, UNPO facilitators explained how to prepare a side-event at the UN, highlighting the formal requirements, but also including a few substantial tips to take into account.

Susan Akram, Clinical Professor at Boston University School of Law, was at the forefront in leading the workshop. Also Joshua Cooper, lecturer at the University of Hawaii and Geneva Coordinator for the US Human Rights Network Universal Periodic Review gave important input to the two-day programme. Fiona McConnell, Associate Professor at the University of Oxford and main coordinator of the training programme; Iona Liddell from Tibet Justice Centre; and Johanna Green and Tommaso Nodari from UNPO facilitated several sessions of the workshop, drawing on their personal and professional skills and backgrounds. The workshop also saw the participation of ISHR’s Michael Ineichen, UPR Info’s Francesca Piccin and Laurel Townhead from the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva, who illustrated the functioning of their respective organisations putting emphasis on how the participants could effectively use their services and materials.

To read more about the project, please visit the Training Programme’s website.

We are also conducting a survey on the experiences of members of unrepresented nations in lobbying at the United Nations. You can fill in the questionnaire in English or in French.

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‘Let’s Argue Only Once We Have A Parliament To Do So’ Ho C Public Forum Highlights Need For A United Kurdish Voice In Iran

UNPO President Mr Nasser Boladai, also spokesperson of the Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran (CNFI) and of the Balochistan People’s Party (BPP), expressed concern on the isolation of the Iranian Kurds, as well as that of his own people, the Baloch.

On 25 January 2016, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Centre for Kurdish Progress co-organised a conference on Iranian Kurdistan in the British Parliament in London. The event was hosted by British Labour MP Ms Emma Reynolds and was chaired by Mr Gary Kent, Director of the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Kurdistan Region. The conference, which included a vibrant discussion with participants that lasted for over an hour, brought together speakers from various Kurdish backgrounds and political affiliations. The speakers put forward a number of issues concerning the human rights situation of Iran’s Kurds, comparing it with that of other Kurdish communities and other ethnic groups in Iran.

UNPO President Mr Nasser Boladai, also spokesperson of the Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran (CNFI) and of the Balochistan People’s Party (BPP), expressed concern on the isolation of the Iranian Kurds, as well as that of his own people, the Baloch. Mr Boladai brought attention to the fact that the international community seems not to be aware of the situation inside Iran and in particular of the country’s diversity. Despite appearances, the oppression of ethnic and religious minorities has been further accentuated under Rouhani’s presidency, with a significant increase in executions especially in Balochistan and Kurdistan.
Mr Abdullah Mohtadi, leader of the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan, laid out the current political situation, underlining how every part of Kurdistan, a very large region split mainly between Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey, has its own problems and history. He pointed out how the significant role played by the Kurds against the rise of the Islamic State has increased the community’s visibility. However, this has not benefitted the Kurds of Iran, not due to lack of action or willingness of their part, but to the country’s isolation, as well as to the presence of salient issues such as the nuclear deal, which made relations with Iran more sensitive for most influential countries. Mr Mohtadi then outlined how the Iranian Kurds are discriminated on an everyday basis as well as deprived of basic political rights. There is not one Kurdish governor in any of the Kurdish provinces, nor is the Kurdish language taught in schools, despite its protection in the constitution.
Mr Loghman Ahmedi, head of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI)’s foreign relations, put forward the idea that Iran’s tactic is to play a role in all external conflicts in the region, managing to shift the attention from its domestic affairs. The Islamic Republic’s regional policy is based on supporting, funding and activating different proxy groups that bring instability and conflict in different countries in the Middle East. In doing so, it is seen as an important actor that can pressure and negotiate with the West in order to accomplish its goals. Moreover, Mr Ahmedi emphasised the need to counter Iran’s well-known strategy ‘divide and conquer’, by solving and cooperating with other minority groups, as well as with Kurdish political parties in neighbouring countries. This point was further recalled during the debate, when many agreed that the only solution is for all Iranian Kurdish parties to work together and to leave their differences aside, for the common goals of democracy and respect for human rights. Attention was also brought to existing network where different groups work together for common goals, such as the Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran or, on a larger scale, UNPO.
Last among the speakers, Dr Seevan Saeed, an independent Kurdish academic based in the United Kingdom, started by outlining the internal issues and the divide between North and East Kurdistan, which according to him partially explains the silence concerning Iranian Kurds. In contrast to the other speakers, Mr Saeed believes that for a change to be possible, the mentality of all Kurdish political parties should shift towards nation-building instead of state-building.
Following the short statements of the four speakers, Mr Kent moderated a long discussion with the audience that saw the active participation of academics, researchers, journalists and activists from other regions of Kurdistan. Among the many issues that were discussed, such as the role of women and younger generations in Kurdish parties or the possible role of the UK and Europe, it was interesting to see a general agreement on the fact that, even though different parts of Kurdistan share certain similarities, solutions cannot be simply ‘copy pasted’, due to the communities’ different histories and of social structures.

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Fear Of More Revenge Executions In Balochistan By Iranian Government, Balochistan People Party

This kind of method of revenge killing by Iranian government has always been used in response to clashes with armed forces systematically.

 

Fear Of More Revenge Executions In Balochistan By Iranian Government, Balochistan People Party

On the 25th of October Zahedans public persecutor announced that he ordered execution of 16 Baloch political prisoners after an encounter between Mersad a paramilitary group and another armed group. In this encounter according to government news agencies 17 border security forces were killed.

In a revenge act regime executed 16 Baloch political prisoners, in Zahidan prison. Public persecutor Mohammad Marziyeh announced that 16 prisoner has been executed in response to the clashes between the border forces and armed groups. Mr. Marziyeh, emphasized that in coming days more people would be executed.
This kind of method of revenge killing by Iranian government has always been used in response to clashes with armed forces systematically.

After an explosion, in May 2010, near a Masque, three people were executed next morning in prison in Zahedan, The following is a quote from the BBC’s Persian language service: “Iranian Official News Agency (IRNA) has quoted a judge, whose name has not been disclosed, saying that the executed were not involved directly in the explosion but they had been arrested two days before the explosion occurred. However, the accused were interrogated and trialed the night between the 30 and 31 of May, and were executed immediately after being charged for facilitating the explosion [1]”.

After the presidential election in June 2009 and arrest of hundreds of demonstrators it was feared that demonstrators would be executed immediately to intimidate and terrorize people so they would not take part in demonstrations. The regime felt that the arrest and killing of people in Tehran would spark an internal and international outcry, in contrast to the execution of Baloch which is not even mentioned in the international media, and would fulfil its purpose to terrorize and prevent people from joining protests against the regime, in other parts of country.

To terrorize demonstrators in Tehran, 19 Baloch prisoners were executed after short trials in closed courts without having access to defence lawyers, in Zahedan, convicted among other crimes also as “Moharabeh” of “enmity against God”. IRNA quoted Ebrahim Hamidi, Chief Justice of Sistan and Balochistan, saying that 13 people were on trial charged for drug smuggling, hostage taking and rebellion against the government [2].
Change of president in Iran has not led to any change in reality in ground for people in Balochistan, extra judicial killings, execution arrest has continued. Yet in the recent months security forces has started using method of “enforced disappearance” more extensively, some peoples that have disappeared , their mutilated bodies have been found that shows sign of severe torture.

The regimes death squad abroad has also become more active since new president have come to power. Three Baloch political activists living in exile in Pakistan were assassinated by the Iranian regimes death squad recently.

The death penalty continues to be applied in political cases, where individuals are commonly accused of “enmity against God”. In August 2007, Amnesty International noted that a disproportionately large number of executions in Iran that year were of Baloch citizens (50 out of 166).

According to Amnesty, Iranian government: “was increasingly using the death penalty as a way of stemming unrest in areas with large ethnic minorities. Bomb attacks in the predominantly Arab province of Khuzestan and ethnic Baloch areas of Sistan-Baluchistan province in recent years were followed by a wave of often public executions. Some of the condemned men were shown on state television making “confessions” that are believed to have been extracted from them under torture or other duress.”2

ACTION REQUESTED
Based on the above, and on behalf of the Baloch people in Iran, BPP urges you to:
To stop execution of Baloch political prisoners and prisoner arrested on other charges.
Raise with the Tehran authorities the issue of the current critical situation of the Baloch people and other minorities in Iran who continue to see their basic human rights violated.
Call upon the Tehran authorities to immediately investigate the extrajudicial killings of civilian Baloch and other minorities living in Iran; and to take immediate measures to ensure that the enforced displacement of the Baloch people is halted.
It should free all political prisoners and people who have in any case committed crime under the countries law should be given a fair, free and open trial and access to defence lawyer.

Balochistan People Party

www.balochpeople.org

Sources:
[1]

http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/iran/2009/07/090701_alia_jonddollah_ rigi.shtml
[2] http://www.radiofar da.com/content/F7_Jundollah_ AbdolHamid_ Rigi/1767602. Html
[6] http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/iran-executions-send-chilling-message-2010-03-30

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Gross Human Rights Violations Perpetrated By The Iranian Theocratic Regime Against The People Of Balochistan

One example for this deplorable situation is the case of a group of young Baloch fishermen. Being just an ordinary crew on a fishing boat on the Gulf, they were arrested and accused of drug trafficking. Later, they were executed, following a kangaroo trial and without them having had access to defense lawyers or a just trial.

In recent months, the security forces of the Islamic regime of Iran have intensified their systematic use of cruel human rights violations against Baloch people, using in particular extrajudicial executions and killings to terrorize the population.

Worse still, the Iranian authorities systematically target young Baloch men by first trapping and illegally detaining them, accusing them of drug trafficking, to then obtain ‘confessions’ through the use of torture. This labelling of innocent civilians as drug traffickers is a well-known strategy used by the regime in Tehran to physically eliminate the Baloch people, and has been used by the regime ever since it seized power. Amnesty International, in one of its reports, also highlighted that the Iranian regime systematically executes Baloch activists under the pretext of fighting drug trafficking .

National and international media, as well as the international community remain silent and fail to improve or even just acknowledge the horrible human rights situation in Balochistan. Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran interpret this silence as a sign of approval or at least disregard for the gross human rights violation perpetrated against Baloch civilians. Tragically, it thus does not come at a surprise that Iran has one of the highest rates of executions in the world, while the rate of executions of Baloch people is the highest in Iran.

One example for this deplorable situation is the case of a group of young Baloch fishermen. Being just an ordinary crew on a fishing boat on the Gulf, they were arrested and accused of drug trafficking. Later, they were executed, following a kangaroo trial and without them having had access to defense lawyers or a just trial. On 10 September 2016, the young Baloch were executed in Bandarabbas, a city on the Northern coast of the Gulf. According to the Balochistan Human Rights Groups, the families of these young men pointed out that their executed family members had been their families’ breadwinners and had been out for a fishing trip when they were arrested and later accused of being drug traffickers.

In another act of cruelty, on 30 August 2016, the Iranian intelligence service paid a visit to the home of civil and human rights activist Mr. Aamer Sotvan, whose wife and children were not at home at the time. The next morning (31 August 2016), his hanged body was found in his home. The door to his home was locked from the outside.

Further examples of cases of gross human rights violations against Baloch people, perpetrated by the Iranian regime are:
– 21 August 2016: Execution of Mr. Habib Jamalzahi Bandarabbas
– 18 August 2016: Execution of Mr. Reza Naroui, in the city of Sirjan

According to Ms. Roya Boroumand, Head of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation, “it is becoming more difficult to track executions of Balochis, as Iranian authorities increasingly move Balochi prisoners outside the region” .
It is time for the international community to react to the gross and intensified human rights violations perpetrated by the Islamic Republic of Iran against Baloch people. The Balochistan People’s Party urges the international community to:

– Put pressure on the Islamic regime of Iran to respect its own law by allowing the presence of detainees’ defense lawyers in prisons and courts, so that they can defend their clients.
– Immediately put an end to extra-judicial killings of the people of Balochistan.

 

Balochistan Peoples party

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Unpo Side Event To The 9th Un Forum On Minority Issues To Discuss Minorities And Humanitarian Challenges

On the occasion of the 9th UN Forum on Minority Issues, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) in cooperation with the Society for Threatened Peoples will be organising a side-event in Geneva on the 25 November 2016 entitled “Forgotten Crises, Forgotten Victims: Minorities and Humanitarian Challenges”.

Friday, 25 November 2016, 13:00 to 15:00,
Palais des Nations, Room XXVII, Geneva, Switzerland
Side-event to the 9th UN Forum on Minority Issues

Over the past few years a number of countries and regions around the world have seen the start or escalation of largescale and complex conflicts and natural disasters – something which the media (and by extension the donor community) has rapidly picked up on. However, what is not always covered by the media is that, in these conflicts, minorities are particularly targeted and forced to endure widespread and systematic humanitarian suffering and violations of their basic human rights. Minority groups and indigenous people have been subjected to mass displacement, sexual violence, massacres, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings. Even where they are not deliberately targeted, being often amongst the most vulnerable civilian components, they suffer disproportionately to the rest of society. In many cases this is accompanied and facilitated by the lack of any meaningful representation in decision-making.

Among the oft-forgotten humanitarian crises is that facing the people of Ogaden in the Somali region of Ethiopia, where the recent drought has hit on a territory already severely affected by arid conditions, years of isolation, repression and exclusion from economic development. As a result, many Ogadenis have fled to neighbouring Kenya, seeking shelter in refugee camps. Meanwhile, with the P5+1 nuclear deal, relations between the West and Iran are thawing, making the plight of the indigenous Arabi people within the province of Al-Ahwaz slide into insignificance. Also, the indigenous peoples of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, despite multiple demands made by the Jumma peoples to the Bangladeshi government, they continue to be denied their fundamental rights, including recognition as indigenous peoples.

These are just a few examples of situations where minorities face immense humanitarian challenges – but they clearly show that it is a truly transnational problem, not defined to a specific geographical or socio-economic context.

Against this background this side event seeks to draw attention to the multiple challenges minority groups face in situations of – in particular forgotten – humanitarian crises. Additionally, this side-event aims to offer a platform for minority representatives to discuss different coping strategies and measures to address various humanitarian challenges, based on their own experiences.

For enquiries please contact Nicoletta Enria (n.enria@unpo.org)

For more information visit

http://unpo.org/article/19628

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“Balochistan Peoples Party” Fördömer Terrordådet I Stockholm

Idag känner vi samma sorg som övriga sörjande i landet och visar vårt varma deltagande i denna gemensamma sorg.

Balochistan Peoples Party:fördömer terrordåden i Stockholm som ägde rum fredagen den 7 april.

Våldet nådde även vår trygga Stockholm som på de senare åren har gjort sig känd för trygghetens famn för tusentals människor från nära och fjärran.

Det är beklagligt att här i hoppets och trygghetens land fruktar både värds folket och människor som har flyt döden.

Vår färgrika och mångkulturella lands huvudstad förvandlades till sorgens stad.

Syftet med Terrorattacken är utan tvekan att ta ifrån oss tryggheten och skapa rädsla och motsättningar mellan oss alla.

Vi Balocher som har flyt från Iran är bekanta med statlig terror och förtryck och känner till vad Sverige går igenom just nu.

Idag känner vi samma sorg som övriga sörjande i landet och visar vårt varma deltagande i denna gemensamma sorg.

Vi Balocher bosatta i Sverige är ett integrerade folk i det svenska samhället och fördömer dagens attack.

Balochistan Peoples Party – Stockholm Kommitté