Hamza Rigi, Baluch Political Prisoner On 26th Day Of Hunger Strike

HRANA News Agency – Hamza Rigi, Iranian Baluch political prisoner who has been arrested 30 months ago, held in Solitary Confinement is in 26th day of his hunger strike.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Hamza Rigi was arrested on charge of relating to Jondollah opposition group and was sentenced to death in the revolutionary court of Zahedan and his verdict has been confirmed.

“Hamza Rigi was under 18 years old when he was arrested and his death sentence is against International Convention that Islamic Republic has signed it too. Hamza was tortured when he was arrested and most of his confessions was under the torture.” one of his relatives told HRANA’s reporter.

Forced Confession Of Baloch Political Prisoners In Iran

Given the regime’s fear of uprising by oppressed nationalities people against open discriminations, it is using its most fearful instrument of forceful confession and execution in the regions of oppressed nationalities.

We fear their execution will happen soon, thus asking international community and human rights defenders to intervene and put pressure on the Iranian government to halt the prisoners’ execution and provide them open and fair trial with access to their own defense lawyers.

Iranian official television has broadcasted forced confession of some Baloch political Prisoners most of them were arrested in March, April and May 2012. They confess of their involvement in assassination of Mr. Mulavi Mostafa Jungozahi.

Most of the people in the region believe that Mulavi Janguzahi has been assassinated by the regime’s own security forces, in order to justify their plan for arresting Baloch activists and terrorizing people in Balochistan. Even Mulavi Mostafa Jangozahi’s family members have rejected these people’s involvement in the assassination plot.

Given the regime’s fear of uprising by oppressed nationalities people against open discriminations, it is using its most fearful instrument of forceful confession and execution in the regions of oppressed nationalities. In the recent weeks the regime has convicted to death also Kurdish and Arab political prisoner in Iran. They also have been shown in TV where they have confessed their connection to foreign countries and assassinations.

It is the Iranian authorities’ normal practice in Balochistan to execute political prisoners after their forced televised confessions. We fear their execution will happen soon, thus asking international community and human rights defenders to intervene and put pressure on the Iranian government to halt the prisoners’ execution and provide them open and fair trial with access to their own defense lawyers.

 

Balochistan Peoples Party

2013-01-25

1. Balochistn Peoples Party report from May 2012:

http://www.ostomaan.org/articles/human-rights/12897

2. Link to the video:

http://www.rajanews.com/detail.asp?lang_id=&id=148859

Iran: Prisoner Dies Suspiciously A Day Before His Release

After 7 years of imprisonment, Alireza was supposed to be released on Tuesday, June 24, after being proved to be innocent.

NCRI – On Monday June 24, 2013, a Baluchi prisoner, Aliraza Shahbakhsh, 23, suspiciously passed away in Zahedan prison a day before his release. In order to cloak this murder in secrecy, the clerical regime disconnected all prisoners’ connections for five days.

Aliraza Shahbakhsh had been arrested at age 16 for alleged killing of son of Abdulmajid Nodyzehi, an IRGC commander. After 7 years of imprisonment, Alireza was supposed to be released on Tuesday, June 24, after being proved to be innocent.

Abdulmajid Nodyzehi is hated by the people of the region for his crimes and direct role in execution and assassination of Baluchi minorities.

On June 20, 2013, Afshin Osanlou, 42, a political prisoner and a labor activist, suddenly and suspiciously died in saloon number 12 of ward 4 of Gohardasht Prison in the city of Karaj. He suspiciously passed away while he was to be released in few months after 5 years of imprisonment.

After his death, General Director of prisons in Tehran province falsely claimed that Mr. Osanlou died as a result of heart attack in hospital in Gohardasht, Karaj. (ISNA State News Agency- June 22, 2013), but according to hospital’s authorities he had already been died before his transfer to the hospital.

He had been arrested on December 2009 solely because of his syndicate activities and defending of worker’s rights. He had suffered severe tortures for a long time and signs of torture could be seen on his body.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
July 30, 2013

Three People Executed In The Central Prison Of Zahedan, Body Found In Pahra

Sources further reported that Iran awarded death sentence to at least 83 people in Zehran Prison. Majority of the victims are Baloch who were arrested from different areas of Iranian occupied Balochistan.

The, Human Rights and Democracy in Iran, has reported that three prisoners were hanged in central prison of Zahedan, capital city of Iranian occupied Balochistan on Saturday.

The victims included one Afghan citizen and two others have been named as follows:

Arif Noorazai 37-year-old citizen of Afghanistan, he was jailed for 11 months in the central prison of Zahedan’s section 5. Sher Mohammad Kashani, 30 who was jailed for 2 years in the central prison of Zahedan’s section 7. Qurban Ali Sori 55 years old, he was jailed for 13 years in the central prison of Zahedan’s section 3.

Sources further reported that Iran awarded death sentence to at least 83 people in Zehran Prison. Majority of the victims are Baloch who were arrested from different areas of Iranian occupied Balochistan.

Meanwhile, a tortured and mutilated body of a Baloch man was found in Pahra (Iranshahr) town of Iranian occupied Balochistan. Sources reported that he was abducted by security forces during a protest demonstration some time ago

Balochistan Peoples Party’s Appeal: To Pressurize Iranian Authorities To Release Innocent Young Men Of Nassir Abad.

Most of the killings in the form of extra judicial killing, target killing, random arrests and execution of people blamed for drug smuggling, are part of an Iranian state policy to weaken the Baloch society, to continue its despotic rule over Balochistan and exploit its resource and geopolitical location.

Balochistan Peoples Party’s Appeal:

To pressurize Iranian authorities to release innocent young men of Nassir Abad.

On the evening of Sunday January 4, 2015, when most people were asleep in their homes, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Forces raided Nasir Abad, a small village in the district Sarbaz. During this raid the Quds Force arrested about 18 people, the majority of whom were young men, between 18 and 30 years of age. The village of Nasir Abad is situated 35 kilometers from Rask, and is the center of Sarbaz district in the Sistan and Baluchistan Province.

Arrested people:

1- Abubaker Bahramzahi, s/o Haji Ahmed, working for Halal Ahmer (Red Crescent)

2- Abubaker Mulazahi, s/of Ibrahim, owner of hone interior shop

3- Bashir Boladai s/o Abdul Latif, farmer

4- Edris Boladai s/o Abdul Latif, farmer

5- Amer Goramzahi s/o Mohammad Karim, working for Halal Ahmer (Red crescent)

6- Amin Bahramzahi s/o Dadrahim, landowner and farmer.

7- Yousef Bahramzahi s/o Dadrahim, student.

8- Akbar s/o Musa, taxi driver

9- Khaled Bahramzahi s/o Karech, working as a driver.

10- Muslim Dehghani, working as a driver

11- Davood Bahramzahi, s/o Dadmohammad

12- Omid Bahramzahi s/o Haji gul Mohammad, university master student, studying literature

13- Abdulsattar Bahramzahi s/o Dura, head of Nasir Abad Halal Ahmr, (Iranian Red Crescent)

14- Maseeb Watankha, resident of Nasir Abad, arrested from Rask

15- Nahim Bahramzahi, s/o Pir Mohammad

16- Adham Arbabi s/o Yarmohammad

17- Zubair Bahramzahi s/o Shahdad

18- Abdulah Bahramzahi, trainee

Various representative of the regime gave different versions, accounts, and reasons for the arrests of the people in Nasir Abad.

Mr. Hossien Rahimi, Commander of the Iranian Security Forces, said that the group of people arrested in Nasir Abad on 4 January were responsible for the killing of Molavi Jangizahi in November 2011.

Following the assassination of Molavi Jangizahi regime arrested 15 innocent Baloch civilians from January to March 2012; some of whom were later forced to confess under torture on national television and sentenced to various terms:

1- Mulavi Naghshbandi, convicted to 15 years imprisonment and exile to Khalkhal, which is located far away from his birthplace in Balochistan;

2- Mulavi Abdul Ghafar Naghshbandi convicted to 13 years and exile to an unspecified place;

3- Malek Mohammad Abadian, sentenced to death;

4- Jaber Abadian (son of Malek Mohammad Abadian), sentenced to death;

5- Jawad Abadian (son of Malek Mohammad Abadian), sentenced to death;

6- Nezamuldin Mulazadeh, sentenced to death;

The sentencing of two of the prisoners, Faghir Mohammad Raisi and Gul Mohammad Boladai, has not been specified yet.

Mr. Malik Mohammad Abadian’s daughter has sent an open letter to Mr. Hossien Rahimi and other Iranian authorities to inquire why her father, two brothers and an uncle Gol Mohammad Boladai, and others were arrested in 2012, allegedly for the assassination of Mulavi Jangizahi – a crime they did not commit; why the regime has tortured them, forced them to confess on national television and sentenced them to death why several young people from Nasir Abad were arrested without any concrete evidence, yet again for the assassination of Mulavi Jangizhi.

The arrests in Nasir Abad, in 2015, as well as in in Paroud, Hiet and Jask in 2012 are part of the Iranian regime’s policy to weaken the Baloch community by creating a sense of insecurity.

Since the arrests in Nasir Abad, the families of the victims have been unable to visit them, and prisoners have been provided a due judicial process according to Iranian law.

ACTION REQUESTED

Based on the discriminatory policies of the Iranian government toward the people of Balochistan, which allows torture and execution of Baloch prisoners, the Balochistan Peoples Party urges you to call upon the Iranian authorities:

1. To provide a due judicial process to the arrested people in the Nasir Abad; to provide them with defense lawyers and open legal trials; and to free the innocent;

2. To release also those who were previously arrested for the same cases that the regime is now accusing innocent people in Nasir Abad for;

3. To free all political prisoners, while ensuring that people charged with committing crimes under the country’s law be given a fair, free and open trial, as well as access to defense lawyer.

During the mass arrests, people sleeping at their family homes were terrorized, creating anguish among women, children, and the elderly. Their homes were surrounded and innocent members of the families were taken away in the middle of the night.

Background and Analysis: “Divide and Rule Policy”

When it comes to Baluchistan, Iran follows a discriminatory, colonial policy of divide and rule. The regime kills one Baloch and accuses the other ones for a crime that they have committed and punish them.

Iranian government uses different pretexts to suppress the Baloch people. To make sure that nobody can understand the real reasons behind the regime’s mass arrests, killings and other methods of suppression in Balochistan. Every representative of the regime gives a different version of the same incident (mass arrests) different than the other authority’s accounts. The different versions and accounts are provided to hide the real reason behind regimes suppression policy against Baloch people.

Following the arrests in Nasir Abad, in their official statements and interviews to news agencies, several representative of the regime such as the provincial governor, Members of Parliament, the spokesperson of the Minister of Interior, the Quds Force and the security forces commander, each gave different accounts, numbers and reasons for the arrests,.

Mr. Hossien Rahimi commander of Iranian security forces, announced that they had arrested 18 people, with the help of Quds Forces, Foreign Unit. He blamed the arrested people for being terrorists that had received funding from abroad. He added that for each successful operation they had received between 400 000 and 1 000 000 Iranian tuman, which corresponds to between 131 and 341 US Dollars . With the current exchange rate of 1 US dollar is more than 3000 Iranian Tuman.

Mr. Rahimi listed at least 15 killing incidents that according to him the group had confessed to committing. He added that the group had been established in 2008, to create instability.

Mr. Rahimi said that these people had been involved in the assassination of Mulavi Mustafa Jangizahi and one of his companions on 22 December 2011, and also blamed them for killing teachers: Jawad Nourozi on 15 April 2014, Reza Sargazi in October 2014, Mohammad Islami in 2011, Esa Sharaki along with a Baseeji from al Sunnat, Adham Sabouri on 1 January 2015, in the Nasir Abad village.

Mr. Rahimi added that they had also confessed to killing of Mohammad Reza Sayadi, an employee of Government ID card registration office, and killing two soldiers of the security forces at a check point.

He also alleged that they had confessed the killing of four members of border security forces headquarters in 2012.

The head of security forces added that the arrested people had confessed that they had been planning to plant roadside bombs to target security forces and police vehicles.

According to Commander Rahimi the arrested had confessed to having received military and ideological training for 3 months in Pakistan and Afghanistan and to having received money from someone in the Gulf countries.

Meanwhile ‘Quds Force’, in a statement which was quoted by ISNA, announced the arrest of 12 people by a joint operation of Quds Forces and other security forces units under the command of Quds Force.

Mr Hussein Zulfaghari Vice Chairman of the Interior Ministry had said about the assassination of the Eisa Shahraki on 1 January 2015, that this killing has not been a terrorist act but a criminal act.

Mr Ali Amiri, spokeperson of the Home Ministry said that 20 people belonging to Jaysh ul-Adle were arrested in a cell.

Mr. Hossien Ali Shahryari, Member of Parliament, close to the Iranian conservatives and security forces was quoted by IRNA, a semi-official news site, allegedly saying that 9 people had been arrested and some people have escaped arrest.

Mr. Sharyari in an interview, with Asre-Amoun an online news service, rejected any contact between Jaysh ul-Adl and the group arrested in Nasir Abad village and said that the latter was much more dangerous than other groups since it was active inside the country.

Another Member of Parliament, Mr Sayad Bagher Hossieni, in an interview with Mehr news agency on 31 January said that 12 people belonging to an Jaysh ul-Adl cell had been arrested.

Mr. Ali Usat Hashami, Provincial Governor, was the last to offer his version concerning the arrest of the people in Nasir Abad, in an interview with IRNA. Mr. Hashami blamed this group for all incidents that had happened in all districts of Balochistan, including Zahiddan Chahbahr, Sarawan, Nikshar and Sarbaz districts in recent years.

Assassination of Mulavi Jangizahi

Mulavi Mustafa Jungizahi was assassinated on 22 December 2011, and the assailant escaped from the crime scene. Before his killing, Mulavi Mustafa Jangizahi had criticized the regime’s economic policy in the region, which has led to the worsening of the situation for traders in the border region.

People in the region suspect that regime’s death squads are behind Mulavi Jangizahi’s assassination.

Between March until 14 May 2012 the Iranian security forces arrested more than 15 persons in the Sarbaz district. They were blamed for Mulavi Jangizahi’s assassination, and for receiving fund for operation from Gulf countries for this assassination. Under torture they were forced to confess to a crime they did not had committed. Their confessions were broadcasted on the Iranian official television.

Charges alleged upon the detained people varied from being supporters of armed groups, to spying for foreign countries and planning to assassinate nuclear scientists.

Some of the prisoners were sentenced to death, while others to lengthy imprisonments.

The regime’s aim when assassinating Mulavi Jangizahi was to create rift and tension in the Baloch society, by killing one Baloch and blaming another one for the crime. Mulavi Jangizahi’s family did not accept the regime’s official view; instead they said they did not suspect any of the arrested people to have been involved in the assassination. Since the arrested people did not have any motive to kill Jungizahi, there was no conflict between the two groups.

The regime did not succeeded in creating rift between those two groups, although it is currently continuing its effort to create a rift between Mulavi Jangizahis family and the people in Nasir Abad.

Some of the young men, who were arrested in Nasir Abad on January 4, 2015 for involvement in the Mulvi Jangizahi’s assassination in December 2011, were only 12 or 13 years old at the time of assassination.

Target killing of Government Employees’

In recent years several government employees both belonging to Sunni faith or Shiite have been killed under mysterious circumstances. All signs point to organized targeted killings, and state protection for the killer. The assassins were never pursued by security forces, nor any immediate search operation was conducted. The killers have safe homes and can disappear without being chased by security forces. Later, an individual or a group of people are arrested and blamed for this crime that they had not committed.

After the elimination of Javad Nourizi, a teacher in Rask, the Iranian security forces arrested Sedigh Daleri, the son-in-law of Malik Mohammad Abadiyan. Malik Mohammad has been in prison since March 2012, for participating in the planning of the assassination of Mulavi Jangizahi.

According to a report by Baloch Activists campaign, before the killing of Javad Nourizi, Malik Mohammad Abadian was under pressure to confess once again on television and to admit his crimes and his connection to external links that had supported him financially to assassinate Mulavi Jangazahi.

To put more pressure on Mr. Malik Mohammad Abadian, his son-in-law Sedigh Daleri was arrested on 28 May and blamed for the assassination of Mr. Javad Nourizi, a teacher in Rask, on 15 April 2014.. When they were successful to get another confession from Malik Mohammad Abadian they Released his Son of Law. Who was innocent of any charges anyway.

When the victim of a murder belongs to the Baloch community, the police blames and arrests other Baloch for the killing. It also starts propaganda to create a rift between Baloch families. In many cases the regime also offers ammunition to families that have lost a member of family if they want to take revenge from the family that the regime has blamed for the crime.

If the employee or person killed belongs instead to the Shiite community in Balochistan, the authorities blame Baloch armed groups and what the regime calls their foreign supporters and implies that the killing is an organized attack against the Shiite community, making it an emotional case that is to say a death of follower of “Ahl-ul Bayt”. Ahl-ul Baytṫ is a phrase meaning, literally, “People of the House” or “Family of the House”. Within the Islamic tradition, the term refers to the family of the Islam’s Prophet Muhammad”. The Iranian government refers to the Shiite as Ahl-ul Bayt. This term is used to excite the Shiite against the Sunnis.

All these efforts are part of the Iranian State policy to create division and tension between peoples in Balochistan: Mahmud Khalatbary, who served as Director General of the Central Treaty Organization (CENTO), in a discussion with Selig S. Harrison recalled that: “In CENTO, we always assumed that the Baloch would attempt to create their own independent state someday, with Soviet support, so it was desirable to keep them as politically weak, disunited, and backward as possible.”

The policy to retain a sense of insecurity in Balochistan and to kill was expressed clearly by the commander of Mersad garrison in south-east Iran, who told the media that “we have not been given orders to arrest and hand over those who carry weapons. On the basis of a directive we have received, we will execute any bandits, wherever we capture them” (Ettela’at, 25 February 1998).

Foreign Support Card

The Iranian government considers any political demand by Baloch people cultural or economic right or a political demand.

To avoid fulfilling the Baloch people’s demands it blames Baloch activists of having contact with foreign countries and receiving wages as mercenaries of foreign countries.

In the case of Jangizhi’s assassination, the authorities said that the foreign country had paid about 4 000 000 Iranian tuman at the time when a dollar was less than 1000 Iranian tumen, meaning it amounted to about 4000 US dollar. In some of regimes propagandas they showed an amount between 400 000 to 500 000 US dollars.

Mulavi jangizhi was not well known or famous in the Baloch region, he was prayer leader of a simple local Mosque. He was not a threat to any foreign country but actually a critic of the Iranian regime’s economic policies. Mulavi Jangizhi was killed simply for being a Baloch. In fact, it is hard to believe that any country would pay about 4,000,000 dollars to eliminate Mulavi Jangizahi.

People that have been arrested in Nasir Abad, according to Mr. Hamiri has admitted to receiving fund from abroad, from the Gulf countries. This time, the regime announced that the arrested people had confessed to receiving the funds, from 400 000 to 100000 Iranian Tuman, which currently with exchange rate of 1 dollar to more than 3000 Iranian Tuman, corresponds to between 135 and 300 dollars.

The regime claims that these people had received 135 to 300 dollar per operation, which is hard to believe. It would be very difficult for these people to keep their operation capacity and infrastructure for such a small amount of Money.

Obviously the regime’s claims against these people are artificially created and far from the truth. In fact even the Iranian government itself has difficulties in keeping the details of these allegations straight.

Conclusion:

The violation of rights in Balochistan is part of the Iranian regime’s policy to arrest people and hold them hostage and execute them when it considers it useful to take revenge against the Baloch people. For instance, in the early morning of 26 October 2013, 16 Baloch prisoners were hanged in a revenge act, only 8 hours after an armed clash between Sunni rebels and Iranian border guards had taken place on the evening of 25 October 2013. The attorney general of the Sistan-Baluchistan province was quoted as saying that the rebels were “linked to groups hostile to the regime”, and that they were executed for the killing of Iranian border guards. While they accused some of them of being supporters or members of armed groups, about 6 others had already been charged for smuggling. It is clear they were executed exclusively because they were Baloch.

This is not the only time Iranian regime has killed innocent Baloch people accused for crimes that happened while they were already in prison.

Most of the killings in the form of extra judicial killing, target killing, random arrests and execution of people blamed for drug smuggling, are part of an Iranian state policy to weaken the Baloch society, to continue its despotic rule over Balochistan and exploit its resource and geopolitical location.

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Balochistan: The Key To Regional Security

On the 8th of June 2009, over 50 people from UN Permanent Missions, various International NGOs and representatives of the Balochi people gathered in the Palais des Nations in Geneva to discuss the role of Baluchistan in the security of the region and the gross human rights violations that have taken place there due to this pivotal role.

The region of Balochistan is not only located in a key strategic position in relation to conflicts in the region, but is also rich in natural resources. Despite, or rather perhaps because of these factors, the Baluchi people have suffered continued marginalization and victimization, locally, domestically and internationally.

This event is designed to raise awareness of the challenges faced by the Balochi peope, as well as initiate a dialogue on potential solutions
Ms. Murphy, UNPO Representative, please click here .

Side event of the 11th Session of the Human Rights Council:
Balochistan, Self Determination
and its relation to Global and Regional Security.
June 8 2009
M. Murphy, UNPO
I thank Mr. Mengal and Dr Graves from Interfaith International for having collaborated with the UNPO, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization to bring about this very necessary event and we
thank you all for being here to take part.

The UNPO is a membership organization that consists of 57 minority groups, indigenous peoples and occupied or unrecognized territories spread across the world. Each are commited to 6 vital principles
that include the promotion of democracy, nonviolence and tolerance.
Whilst the objectives of the Masaai in Kenya and the Iraqi Kurds may differ quite substantially, our Members often share the same lack of involvement in the creation and implementation of policies that
affect them first and foremost. Also common to each of them is a lack of representation in international forums such as the UN, which is why we are so grateful to be here today.UNPO aims to create opportunities for our Members to engage with international entities. Opportunities such as this meeting today permit and promote dialogue between states who have vital financial, strategic and humanitarian interests in the region and the people who best know the area, and who are equally the people most affected by each and every decision taken.

As such, I do not intend to speak for too long. You are here after all to hear the Balochi representatives, not me and I am well aware of that!
That being the case, the rationale for creating dialogue between parties is keenly illustrated in the case of Balochistan and serves as a prime example of why UNPO continues to promote these meetings.

Firstly, there has been a lack of meaningful dialogue on a domestic scale between interstate and state leaders about the desire for greater autonomy and self‐determination. Indeed the violent suppression
of any political debate has caused long‐standing, simmering resentment in the region.
This absence of dialogue has been compounded by harsh crackdowns on political dissent and the disappearances of key leaders, a complete lack of media feedom and dire conditions in camps for people displaced as a result of conflicts in the region.
It is unsurprising that mistrust of the state is deep and widespread especially when these violations of basic rights accompany the lowest employment, literacy and economic indicators in the whole country
‐ despite the region’s natural wealth. Balochistan produces 40% of the country’s primary energy1, yet only 5‐6% population have a gas connection themselves.2

1 Carnegie Papers, Jan 2006
2 Foregin policy Centre, UK 2006

U N P O Calls For Engagement With Nonviolent Baloch Leaders

Since the division of the territory, the basic human rights of the Baloch people on the Iranian and Pakistani sides of the borders have been systematically violated

UNPO condemns the violent actions and tragic loss of innocent life and urges greater dialogue between nonviolent Baloch groups such as the Balochistan Peoples Party and Iranian authorities.
In light of the recent bomb attacks in West Balochistan, the UNPO denounces the use of violence for political means and urges both Baloch groups and the Iranian authorities to maintain an open dialogue to reconcile their differences.

Two bomb attacks in West Balochistan on October 18 killed six commanders of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards, the greatest number of Iranian military deaths for several years. Thirty seven others were killed in the attack for which the insurgent group, Jundallah claimed responsibility.

UNPO condemns the violent actions and tragic loss of innocent life and urges greater dialogue between nonviolent Baloch groups such as the Balochistan Peoples Party and Iranian authorities. Open cooperation with third party mediators would stem increasing resentment and hatred towards the centralised government whose policies continue to discriminate against the Baloch people and other ethnic and religious minorities.

Colonial borders established in the early 20th Century divided the Baloch nation into three. Balochistan is now contained largely within the borders of Iran and Pakistan with a smaller part overlapping Afghanistan. Since the division of the territory, the basic human rights of the Baloch people on the Iranian and Pakistani sides of the borders have been systematically violated. The region is rich in natural resources, has an abundance of rich minerals and fertile land and has a strategic coastline on the Oman Sea that stretches 1000 kilometres. Despite this, the Baloch people have the lowest socio-economic indicators in the whole of Iran and Pakistan.

Resentment has increased as the Baloch have been increasingly marginalised from political processes but Tehran has shown great resistance to openly and honestly engaging in dialogue with Baloch representatives or to increasing their role in the governing of their region. A policy of no tolerance towards any form of opposition in the region has spawned violent terrorist cells.

UNPO calls today for greater and active engagement with nonviolent groups through international mediators that will assist the mutually beneficial weakening of the extremist entities within the region by removing their alibi of reacting against political ostracisation.

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Iranian Groups To Address 2nd U N Forum On Minority Issues

On 12 and 13 November 2009, UNPO will facilitate the attendance of five Iranian groups to the 2nd Session of the Forum on Minority Issues: Ahwazi-Arabs, Kurds, Baloch, Azeri-Turks and Lur
On 12 and 13 November 2009, UNPO will facilitate the attendance of five Iranian groups to the 2nd Session of the Forum on Minority Issues: Ahwazi-Arabs, Kurds, Baloch, Azeri-Turks and Lur.

The Forum on Minority Issues was established specifically to provide an opportunity for dialogue and cooperation on issues pertaining to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities. Various groups are invited to highlight issues within a thematic framework and contribute to the work of the independent expert on minority issues.
The thematic focus of the upcoming session is “Minorities and Effective Political Participation.” In light of a history of repression and exacerbated recently in the aftermath of the election in Iran, representatives from four different groups will identify how their experiences and challenges apply to the general theme.
UNPO will produce a full report which will be made available next week on the achievements of the Forum and comment on the Forum’s recommendations.
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Cnfi Representatives Tell Brussels: “Iran’s Different Nationalities Can Have A Fair And Common Future Only In A Federal And Decentralized Democracy”

Nasser Boladai of the Balochistan Peoples Party and Loghman Ahmedi of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan participated in a series of visits, organised by the Unrepresented Peoples and Nations Organization (UNPO),

Brussels, 6 June 2012

Two days of meetings in Brussels on 4-5 June 2012 have enabled representatives of the Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran (CNFI) to raise the issue of ongoing human rights violations, especially against non-Persian peoples, and to reiterate the wide support for the concept of a federal Iran.
Nasser Boladai of the Balochistan Peoples Party and Loghman Ahmedi of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan participated in a series of visits, organised by the Unrepresented Peoples and Nations Organization (UNPO), during which they engaged in constructive discussions with Members of the European Parliament, European officials, political advisers, human rights organisations, think tanks and foundations.
These meetings built upon the progress made from previous CNFI advocacy visits in Brussels, most notably the two-day conference on ‘Human Rights, Democratisation and Federalism in Iran’ organized by the UNPO and CNFI in the European Parliament.
The central issue continued to be the persistent human rights violations and discrimination on the basis of language, religion or ethnicity. Nasser Boladai and Loghman Ahmedi, as well as the other members represented by the CNFI are convinced that Iran’s different nationalities can have a fair and common future, only if their rights are guaranteed within a federal and decentralized democracy.
A clear outcome from the meetings was the need to provide the European Union with information from which it can gain an accurate image of what is happening in Iran. CNFI representatives, Mr. Boladai and Mr. Ahmedi, suggested a “third way” – namely empowering the opposition as an inclusive movement for constructive and consensual change.
The unity of the support expressed during the meetings held is hoped to culminate in a European Parliament Urgency Resolution, with the CNFI intending to further the discussion of federalism and decentralization as an option for Iran and its peoples with practical measures this year and into the future.
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From Gwadar To Zahedan: A Common Story Of Discrimination For The Baloch People

In a series of meetings organised by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) the Baloch representatives engaged in constructive dialogues with Members of the European Parliament, European officials, political advisers and human rights organisations.

Representatives of Baloch Communities in Iran and Pakistan urge European Union to speak out against the continued violation of human rights

Brussels, 10 July 2012 – Mr. Nasser Boladai and Mr. Noordin Mengal, representatives of Baloch communities in Iran and Pakistan respectively, visited Brussels on 9-10 July 2012 to raise awareness of the continued human rights violations against Baloch people in both countries, and to urge the European Union to speak out against the systematic suppression exerted upon them by the Iranian and Pakistani regimes.

In a series of meetings organised by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) the Baloch representatives engaged in constructive dialogues with Members of the European Parliament, European officials, political advisers and human rights organisations. Mr. Boladai and Mr. Mengal explained in detail the severity of the human rights violations that include, among others, arbitrary arrests, continuing disappearances, torture, and killings. Everyday life for Baloch continued to be characterised by severely limited access to education and basic services such as electricity, restrictions on their freedom of religious expression and little, if no, space for political organization campaigning for the rights of Baloch, particularly in Iran.

Discussions focused on the significance of the European Parliament’s Delegations for Relations with the South Asia and Iran, as well as of the Subcommittee for Human Rights, to promote Baloch peoples’ rights in their discussions and engagement, however limited, with Iranian and Pakistani governments. Pledges of support from many of the deputies with whom meetings were held will ensure that future actions and initiatives can be undertaken in the coming months with the intention of better informing European Union policy actors and raising constructive proposals for change and reform.

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