Thursday, 13 October 2011

Despite Amnesty International’s appeal Iraq has sent back 11 Ahwazi Arabs to Iran where they face punishment.

Iraqi authorities have deported 11 ethnic Ahwazi Arabs including five children and two pregnant women to Iran where they face persecution on their return without giving any clear reason. They were believed to have been forcibly repatriated last week to Iran.

Ahwazi arabs they have long suffered ethnic discrimination, expulsions, execution, jail, land confiscation,“Persianization,” and banning of Arabic language.

The deportation of ahwazi Arabs has been happening since 2003 on regular basis. On 14 January 2011 Amnesty International urged the Iraqi authorities to prevent the forcible return to Iran of several members of the Ahwazi Arab minority amid fears that they would be at serious risk of torture and other human rights violations in Iran.
"The Iraq authorities must not allow these members of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority to be sent back to Iran,” Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s director for the Middle East and North Africa. Said in January 2011
“In the past other cases of Ahwazi Arabs forcibly returned to Iran have faced torture. Amnesty International fears that these individuals would be at real risk of human rights violations if they are returned, and it would be a breach of Iraq’s obligations under international law.” Amnesty International statement read.

European Ahwazi Human Rights Organisation (EAHRO) condemns in the strongest possible terms Iraq’s decision to extradite the 11 Ahwazi Arabs where they will be tortured, detained, imprisoned, sentenced and even executed.

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