Gulf European Centre for Human Rights
(Ref: Human Rights At Sea)
10th December international Human Rights Day and human rights crisis in the region
10th December 2019
The whole world celebrates Human Rights Day on December 10 of every year. This day symbolises the day the General Assembly adopted in 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. So, this year, the Gulf European Centre for Human Rights is organising a campaign to celebrate the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a historic document that proclaims inalienable rights that everyone has the right to enjoy as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, or language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, wealth, birth, or any other status.
The Gulf European Centre for Human Rights focuses on human rights activities and freedom of principles and values for all human beings, but the GECHR focuses on the human rights situation in the Middle East, so the Centre sees December 10 an important day in the field of human history because the peoples and countries of the world have decided to recognise the existence of a law that protects people and humanity from any kind of violation.
However, despite the existence of strict international laws to protect human beings, the peoples of the Middle East are still suffering from human rights violations and denial of their most basic human rights. The peoples of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Bahrain, Al-Ahwaz, the Arab Gulf states, and the rest of the people in Iran suffer from the policies of the Iranian regime that violate the sovereignty of states, support militias and extremism, and cause human suffering such as individual and community suffering.
Extremism, killing and genocide in the region directly committed by Iran, or indirectly through militias, have violated international humanitarian law and international human rights law. For example, Iranian militias and the IRGC committed genocide and massacre in Iraqi Sunni areas from 2014 to the current time, and the massacres in the Shiite areas since October 2019. The Syrian people have also suffered from massacres and violations since 2011 and the Yemeni people since September 2014. The human rights situation inside Iran, particularly in the areas of Non-Persian nations is also dreadful. For instance, the last massacre on November 17 against the people of Al-Ahwaz in the city of Ma’shour is one of the crimes of the Iranian regime, whose victims claimed 130 dead and left dozens wounded by the Iranian security forces.
Specifically, on December 10, 2019, Iraqi militias backed by Iran committed a massacre against the Iraqi protestors who are demonstrating against the political system in Iraq and end the Iranian political domination in their country. On this day, dozens of Iraqis are killed by the Iranian militias and in coordination with the Iraqi government, in which this is a violation of December 10 (International Human Rights Day), when Iraq is one of the signatories. As Ahwazi less than a month ago, they faced a massacre and crime against humanity, killing 130 people, including children and women by the Iranian security forces. Therefore, the GECHR calls on the international community to stop silence and neglect, and the centre also calls on the international community to take immediate action to hold the criminals accountable and support the people to get rid of injustice, tyranny and oppression.
The whole world also realises that the Iranian and Iraqi government and the Houthi militias have placed more than tens of thousands of innocent people in secret detentions, while the Iranian government rejects international reports of violations and crimes. Even the rest of the citizens of Iran, Iraq, and other countries in the region are deprived of reaching their rights because of the policy of the Iranian regime and its allies and militias in the region which is based on suppressing peoples.