Friday, 12 June 2009

IMHRO Condemn Bombing and Execution in Zahedan

Iranian Minorities’ Human Rights Organisation (IMHRO)


IMHRO strongly condemns the bombing campaign at the mosque in Zahedan, and also condemns the Iranian Government for the execution of 3 Sunni Baluchi men, charged with involvement in the bombing, just 2 days after bombing happened.

“This clearly shows that the three Baluchi men did not have access to a lawyer, and did not have a right to appeal against the death penalty. It is a case of arbitrary arrest and execution: they just rounded up these three men and hanged them,” Reza Washahi IMHRO researcher said.

This is not the first time that the Iranian government has rounded up people and quickly executed them. We are never able to find out the details of theses cases.

Violence is the result of suppression: all Baluchi political parties are banned in Baluchistan and members of them are in exile. The vacuum left by absent of political parties has provided an environment in which extremist activity can grow in the area.

The International Community must investigate arbitrary arrest and execution in the Baluch area. In recent weeks at least 90 people have been arrested in Baluchistan.

There are at least 10 Million Baluchi people living in south east Iran and they suffer from various forms of discrimination. The Baluchi people, alongside other minorities in Iran, must not speak their mother tongue, and do not have social, economic, or political rights. Lack of state investment also results in a high unemployment rate.

As Baluchi people are mainly Sunni, they also suffer from discrimination in education and when seeking work. The official theocratic ideology of the Iranian Government considers non Shia as infidels, and many Sunni leaders have been executed in Baluchistan.


Please write to one or more of the following, asking them to investigate the situation in the Baluchi area of Iran.

Secretary General United Nations
The Honourable Ban Ki-moon
United Nations Headquarters,
Room S-3800,
New York, NY 10017,

Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei,
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street - Shahid Keshvar Doust Street
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
E-mail via web site

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Ms. Navanethem (Navi) Pillay
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights,
Palais des Nations,
CH-1211 Geneva 10,

Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadi Nejad
The Presidency
Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
E-mail via web site

European Parliament Human Rights Committee

Bureau d'Hélène Flautre au Parlement Européen,
8G130, rue Wierz,
B-1049, Bruxelles,

Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi Shahroudi
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh / Office of the Head of the Judiciary
Pasteur St, Vali Asr Ave
South of Serah-e Jomhouri,
Tehran 1316814737, Islamic Republic of Iran


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