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Racism against Azeri Turks in Iran ^ | 02-08-12

Posted on 02/14/2012 7:54:27 PM PST by PRePublic

Racism against Turks in Iran
Documentary on Iranian Azerbaijanis who have escaped to Turkey
"Our documentary film's issue is Azerbaijani Turks in Iran who had to escape from Iran and temporary live in Turkey under United Nations refugee status who are out of having education in their own language (mother tongue) as their basic rights which is issued in Iranian constitution (basic law) and sustain to be assimilated and also because of supporting their fundamental (basic) rights as human or citizens of Iran, they and their families were threatened , arrested, tortured and kept out of their social rights as Iranian citizens. We try to show that Iranian Islamic government oppresses non - Persian ethnics and nations not only whit Islamic pressure but also whit racial cruelly politics and discrimination."

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arayanism; azerbaijan; azerbaijanis; azeris; iran; middleeast; racism; turks

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Iranian Azerbaijanis
[Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights / OHCHR]
[...] Azerbaijanis face cultural, linguistic and economic discrimination along with other minorities in Iran. The roots of racism in Iran began in 1925, implemented a policy of cultural and linguistic homogeneity and assimilation for all nations of Iran. The Persian language and culture became dominant and those who spoke minority languages were barred from education and media in their native tongues. Members of ethnic and linguistic minorities in Iran were forced to feel ashamed of their mother tongues and culture, and from childhood, faced assaults in state-run media. Azerbaijanis in particular have been compared to donkeys and cockroaches. This policy of cultural hegemony continued after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, despite the Islamic Republic's constitutional guarantees for linguistic and cultural rights.

Currently, the Azerbaijani languages is banned in schools; Azerbaijani language journals and journals calling for the proliferation of Azerbaijani linguistic and cultural rights are shut down and their contributors are arrested; Azerbaijanis are banned from gathering at Babek Castle to celebrate their national hero; they are also forbidden from celebrating Sattar Khan and Bagher Khan, Azerbaijani heroes of the constitutional revolution of 1905; Azerbaijanis are forbidden from assembly during International Mother Language Day; Azerbaijanis are barred from political representation; they are deprived economically and face high illiteracy rates; shops with Azerbaijani Turkish names are effectively shut down and forced to "Persianize" the names; and many of those who advocate for broader linguistic and cultural rights for Azerbaijanis are detained arbitrarily by the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), held indefinitely and tortured, (on occasion murdered in custody), and released only to be tried and sentenced to heavy terms in Iran's worst prisons such as the notorious Evin Prison. As a result of the aforementioned, the Azerbaijani rights movement is two-fold: (1) rights activists are struggling to promote the basic human rights of language and cultural expression and against the unlawful Significant populations also exist throughout Iran, including in the capital of Tehran. Since a formal census of ethnic minorities has never been conducted in Iran, the population estimation of Azerbaijanis varies greatly depending on the source.

Abbas Lisani, a prominent Azerbaijani activist, was forced to change the name of his shop "Chanilibel". He was issued a warrant on March 19 and forced to change Azerbaijani Turkic name to a Persian one or face closure of his shop. This is merely one case among many.
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1 posted on 02/14/2012 7:54:38 PM PST by PRePublic
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This recalls Saddam Hussein and his mistreatment of the Iraqi Kurds.

2 posted on 02/14/2012 9:24:05 PM PST by Ciexyz
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Sure. Actually Kurds are also victims of racist Iran.
UN racism body decries Iran’s treatment of ethnic minorities

Iran should do more to protect its ethnic minorities such as Arabs, Kurds and Baluch, a United Nations human rights body said on Friday.

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), a group of 18 independent rights experts, said Iran lacked data on the numbers of ethnic minorities despite a census in 2007, but the participation of such people in public life appeared to be lower than could be expected.

Several armed groups opposed to the government are active in Iran, mostly made up of ethnic Kurds in the northwest, Baluch in the southeast and Arabs in the southwest.

“The Committee expresses concern at the limited enjoyment of political, economic, social and cultural rights by… Arab, Azeri, Balochi, Kurdish communities and some communities of non-citizens,” it said in a report on a regular review of Iran’s compliance with a 1969 international treaty banning racism.

It also urged Iran to continue its efforts to empower women and promote their rights, paying particular attention to women belonging to ethnic minorities.

Some tenets of Islamic sharia law disadvantage Iranian women, Indian committee member Dilip Lahiri said. “On the other hand, in terms of their education and access to jobs, very remarkable progress has been made in Iran,” he told a briefing.

The committee voiced concern at reports of a selection procedure for state officials and employees, known as gozinesh, requiring them to demonstrate allegiance to the Islamic Republic of Iran and the state religion, which could limit opportunities for ethnic and religious minorities.

It said that lack of complaints was not proof of the absence of racial discrimination, as victims may not have confidence in the police or judicial authorities to handle them.

It called on Iran to set up an independent national human rights institution and report back to it at the start of 2013 on how it was dealing with the concerns and recommendations.

Copyright, respective author or news agency, The Associated Press AP
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