Gulf European Centre for Human Rights
Ref number: 11340668
Date: 26th November 2019
From: The Gulf European Centre for Human Rights
To: The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
URGENT: The Iranian regime violates international law by committing massacres in Ahwaz and Iran
Dear Dr Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State,
The Gulf European Centre for Human Rights would like to appeal to you to take urgent action against the Iranian regime's policy of suppressing peaceful protests in Al-Ahwaz as well as Iran. The Gulf Centre also calls on the US state and the international community to open a comprehensive investigation against the Iranian regime after the massacres committed against innocent citizens such as street killings, field executions, killing of children and women, kidnapping of injured people in hospitals, killing detainees under torture, in which these are massacres of war crime and a violation of international humanitarian law.
In fact, the Ahwazi people on November 10, 2019, protested against the Iranian authorities after the assassination of the Ahwazi poet Hassan Al-Haidari through poisoning (1). The protests continued until Nov. 15 after protests spread across Iran. However, the Iranian authorities used a policy of systematic killing against innocent people. The policy of systematic killing is also a war crime, a massacre and a violation of international humanitarian law.
The Gulf Centre has been influenced by your daring action to defend the human rights cases in different parts of the world, such as the massacres that took place in Syria, Iraq and the whole world. Therefore, the GECHR addresses the United States of America as a great country with a history of respect for freedoms and human rights and a state that stands with innocent people all over the world. Hence, the GECHR calls on Mr. Pompeo to pressure Iran through the international community and the Security Council to stop all crimes against humanity and to open international investigations into the massacres in the city of Ma’ashoor (Mahshahr), al-Muhammarah (Khoramshahr), Behbehan (Arjan/Bab Hani) and Rams (Ramhormoz) in Al-Ahwaz, as well as other cities in Iran.
Many of the victims in Ahwaz are children and women simply for exercising their demand for freedom of expression and criticism of the regime's policy against the Arab people in Ahwaz. However, the regime killed them, arrested them and tortured them to death rather than hearing their voices and demands. This is a heinous massacre committed by the Iranian regime against the Ahwazi people with the aim of changing the demography of the Arabs in Ahwaz and displacing them to Iranian central cities.
The Gulf European Centre for Human Rights is an independent human rights centre that operates within the framework of human rights in the Middle East, including Ahwaz and Iran, so the Centre would like to request for your action and support to investigate the massacres that took place in Ahwaz, which more than 68 people dead including children and women, 400 wounded and 1000 detainees.
The Iranian authorities, specifically the IRGC leaders and the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, claim to fight mercenaries and the US agents in the Ahwazi cities and even the rest of the Iranian cities. Through this very serious allegation, the Iranian regime has agreed to commit any massacres by the Revolutionary Guards according to the terrorist ideologies of the brutal regime in Iran because the Iranian regime's authorities have adopted since 1979 the strategy of killing the opposition, namely in Al-Ahwaz through execution, systematic killing, torture, imprisonment, expulsion/exile and displacement. By adopting this strategy, the Iranian regime imposes a policy of displacement and demographic change in Al-Ahwaz.
According to reports from inside Iran, Iranian authorities have used military forces to stop protests in the country since November 15, 2019. Social media footage, eyewitness testimonies from people on the ground and information gathered from human rights activists outside Ahwaz reveal a horrific pattern of unlawful killings committed by Iranian security forces (mainly the terrorist IRGC) in several Ahwazi and Kurdish cities and other areas of Iran, which have used excessive and lethal force to crush largely peaceful protests in more than 100 cities.
“At least 400 protesters have been killed, according to credible reports received by human rights organisations”. State media have reported only a handful of protester deaths, as well as the deaths of at least four members of the security forces. State media reported that, as of 17 November, more than 1,000 protesters had been arrested since the protests began.
However, the Ahwazi sources informed the GECHR that the number of victims in Ahwaz exceeded 68 dead and dozens injured and about 1000 detainees, which means that the victims in Ahwaz constitute almost one-fourth of the victims in Iran.
The sources reported: 20 people were killed in the city of Mas’shor (mainly Al-Kora district in the city of Mahshahr) and Jarrahi, 9 were killed in the city of Abu Shehr (Bushehr), 8 were killed in the city of Arjan (Behbahan), six protestors were killed in Ramez (Ramhormoz)- five protestors were killed in Al-Muhammerah, five were killed in the city of Abu Mussa (Sarbandar/ Bandar Khomeini), 2 people were killed in the city of Abadan, 2 were killed in Al-Falahiya (Shadegan), 1 killed in Salehiya (Andimeshk), 2 were killed in Qunitra (Dezful), 7 other people were killed in the city of Ahwaz, and one killed in Tustar (Shushtar). It means that 68 people were killed in Al-Ahwaz.
In its ongoing policy, the US government is moving to help the oppressed peoples, as it has worked in Libya, Syria and formerly Kosovo to stop any kind of massacres. The GECHR believes that freedom is a fundamental right in the world, so any kind of violation and crime against innocent people should be stopped immediately and unconditionally. Therefore, the GECHR would like to ask you for the same level of care and support on behalf of the Ahwazi Arab people, such as stopping Iranian crimes, systematic killings, executions and arrests by the Revolutionary Guards (terrorist guards) and other security services.
The Islamic Republic regime in Iran has tortured, executed and killed peaceful demonstrators in the current protests, so the regime has cut the net even videos/images and massacres do not spread around the world. The Iranian regime has no tolerance for any Ahwazi citizen who opposes or criticizes the regime's policy in Ahwaz. Opponents are tortured and executed simply for seeking change. A simple right to freedom of expression, that is being enjoyed, respected and exercised in the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries by activists of all ages, would be punishable by death by hanging, in Ahwaz/Iran.
Once again, the GECHR would like to appeal for your urgent action, either through the United States Department of State or through the Presidential Office, to demand a full investigation into the killing of the Ahwazi demonstrators by the Iranian regime. Iranian criminals are tried in international courts. We also call for the international protection of Ahwaz to stop the systematic crimes against the Ahwazi Arab people.
Secretary-General of the Gulf European Centre for Human Rights
Director of the Gulf European Centre for Human Rights
Address: 24 Sadler House, Rosebery Avenue, Spa Green, London EC1R 4TS- UK
The Gulf European Centre for Human Rights (GECHR) was established on 2nd May 2018 as an independent human rights organisation. The GECHR’s primary objective is to provide credible and informative reports, research, studies, recommendations articles, action and complaint reports, and other information resources on the Ahwazi cause and related issues, including materials related to other minorities in Iran, as well as the issue in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Bahrain and other parts of the region. The GECHR also provides reports of the effects of Iran’s direct and indirect intervention in the region such as impact on the security of individuals and community in the region.
The GECHR is fully independent human rights organisation in its work and management of its research activity and adopting a critical and neutral analytical approach consistent with international law in its studies.