Gulf European Centre for Human Rights
Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society
Welcoming US statement about the Iranian terrorism activities in the region
20th September 2018
Iran and terrorist activities in the region
The Gulf-European Centre for Human Rights and the Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society welcome the Foreign Ministry's statement on the support of terrorism in the region by the Iranian authorities, which extended from the Kingdom of Bahrain to Yemen and Lebanon.
Summary of the US statement on Iranian terrorism activities
The US State Department pointed out that Iran remains the main sponsor of terrorism and threatens all parts of the world. The US State Department continued to add that the threat from Iran extends from the Kingdom of Bahrain to Yemen and Lebanon, adding that "Al Qaeda, Da’esh and Iran threaten the security of the United States".
Welcoming the US statement on Iranian terrorist activities in the region
The Gulf European Centre for Human Rights and Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society (BHRWS) welcomed the statement made by the US Secretary of State on the support the Iranian regime for terrorism in the region and the world; saying that Iran threatens the stability of the region and violates the rights of peoples by its armed militias.
The Gulf European and BHRWS respect all relevant views and welcome views that promote and protect human rights in the region by condemning Iranian activities that have a serious impact on human rights and security in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Ahwaz and other geographical territories in the region.
The Iranian authorities systematically carry out terrorism in Bahrain, Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq and Syria, which has resulted in human rights violations, such as influencing the stability of many countries in the region by supporting armed groups associated with the Iranian intelligence services and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, which caused the death and injury of thousands of innocent people.
The Iranian regime's attempt to target stability in the region is not recent, but, the Iranian regime has been trying since 1979 to support extremism and terrorism, such as the occupation of the US embassy and the kidnapping of employees in Tehran in 1979, an attempt to overthrow the government in Bahrain through armed groups trained in Iran, an attempt to target the Amir of Kuwait, terrorist operations in Saudi Arabia, terrorist operations in Iraq since 2003, the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, supported al-Houthi in Yemen and attempting to target Saudi Arabia through al-Qaeda and al-Houthi, as well as numerous terrorist attacks targeting the security and stability of the region.
The Iranian regime also violates the rights of the Iranian people, specifically the people of Ahwaz, through the impoverishing of the people. The most important human rights cases include reports of arbitrary or unlawful killings by security forces; torture of detainees and prisoners; harsh and possibly life-threatening conditions of detention; arbitrary arrests and detentions; unlawful interference with privacy; restrictions on freedom of expression and restrictions on freedom of movement, as well the detention of religious and sectarian minorities.
The Gulf European Centre for Human Rights and Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society thank and welcome the US Secretary of State's statement on Iranian terrorist activities in the region, which have resulted in violations of the rights of individuals and communities, and consequently Iran’s policy violates international law and human rights, and violates international humanitarian law.
Both Centres call on the US State Department to write more reports and statements about the Iranian threat to destabilise the region because some countries such as Bahrain, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Ahwaz are the most targeted country by armed groups associated with Iran and the activity of these groups is a threat to the citizens.