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Poverty And Human Rights Of Minorities In Iran

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A presentation by John Vashahi of Iranian Minorities Human Rights Organisation (IMRHO) for the Amnesty Central Birmingham Group Thursday 14th May 2009

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Poverty And Human Rights Of Minorities In Iran

  1. 1. Quiz
  2. 2. Ziggurat of Chogha Zanbil. Ziggurat means "to build on a raised area“ It was built about 1250 BC by the king Untash
  3. 3. Ziggurat of Chogha Zanbil is an ancient Elamite complex
  4. 4. Model of Ziggurat of Chogha Zanbil.
  5. 5. In 1979, Ziggurat of Chogha Zanbil became the first Iranian site to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List .
  6. 6. University of East Anglia
  7. 7. The Ziggurat Building in the city of West Sacramento
  8. 8. The Ziggurat Building in the city of West Sacramento
  9. 9. John C. Hodges library at The University of Tennessee
  10. 10. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York City
  11. 11. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York City
  12. 12. The SIS or MI6 building at Vauxhall Cross , headquarters of the British Secret Intelligence Service
  13. 13. The SIS or MI6 building at Vauxhall Cross , headquarters of the British Secret Intelligence Service
  14. 14. Poverty and Human Rights of Minorities in Iran BY Iranian Minorities Human Right Organisation (IMHRO)
  15. 15. Why Minorities are important?
  16. 16. Minorities and democracy, we should remember that: <ul><li>No democracy is real without minorities’ right practised in it truly </li></ul><ul><li>Democracy is not only about majorities, it is also about minorities </li></ul><ul><li>We can not call a country a “Democratic” when it suppressing its own minorities </li></ul>
  17. 17. Iran in Middle East: The term &quot;Middle East&quot; may have originated in the 1850s in the British India Office , [1]
  18. 18. Origin of the name Iran <ul><li>On March 21 , 1935 , Iran was officially accepted as the new name of the country. After Dr. Hjalmar Schacht , the Nazi Economics minister, commented on the Aryan origin of Persians, Reza Shah's ambassador in Germany encouraged him to issue the above-mentioned decree, asking all foreign delegates to use the word &quot;Iran&quot; (meaning &quot;Land of the Aryans&quot;) instead of &quot;Persia&quot; in formal correspondence. The History of Iran, Elton Daniel, p.3 </li></ul>
  19. 20. Ethnic Minorities in Iran <ul><li>More than 50% of population is non Persian </li></ul><ul><li>Arabs 6 m </li></ul><ul><li>Baluches 6 m </li></ul><ul><li>Kurds 10 m </li></ul><ul><li>Lurs 5 m </li></ul><ul><li>Persian 14 m </li></ul><ul><li>Turks 25 m </li></ul><ul><li>Turkmen 4 m </li></ul><ul><li>Talysh 2 m </li></ul><ul><li>Total 72 m </li></ul>
  20. 21. Religious Minorities in Iran <ul><li>Sunni </li></ul><ul><li>Jews </li></ul><ul><li>Christian </li></ul><ul><li>Bahá’í </li></ul><ul><li>Zoroastrianism </li></ul><ul><li>Sufi </li></ul><ul><li>Mandaeism </li></ul><ul><li>Buddhism </li></ul>
  21. 22. Baluch
  22. 23. Baluch in Iran
  23. 24. Baluch man hanged
  24. 25. Yaghub Mehrnahad
  25. 26. Bahá’í
  26. 27. Mojdeh Azizi, of Newcastle, with a photograph of her father and uncles, who were executed by the Iranian government for being members of the Baha’i faith.
  27. 28. Bahá’í
  28. 29. Iran charges 7 members of Baha'i faith with spying for Israel
  29. 30. Turkmen
  30. 31. Turkmen
  31. 32. Fishermen
  32. 33. Turk (Azeri)
  33. 34. Turks
  34. 35. Farhad Mohseni Negaristan
  35. 36. Jews: Babak Tehrani: 12 Persian Jews who were kidnapped by the Iranian secret police between 1994 and 1997 and have not been heard from since.
  36. 37. Kurds
  37. 38. Kurds: Kaveh Kamangar
  38. 39. Kurd: Ebrahim Lotf Allahi
  39. 40. Kurd: Mohammad Sadigh Kabodwand
  40. 41. Christian: Tina Rad
  41. 42. Christian: Flogging
  42. 43. LGBT`: Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, 14 and 16 years old
  43. 44. The album Fundamental by the British musical group Pet Shop Boys is &quot;Dedicated to Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni&quot;.
  44. 45. Women right: Pregnant Woman executed
  45. 46. Restricted Islamic dress code
  46. 47. Restricted Islamic dress code
  47. 48. Nafisa Azad: Arrest and harassment of women right activists
  48. 49. Zahra Bani Yaghub: a medical doctor and well-known campaigner for women's rights, was arrested in Hamadan, west of Tehran, and died after 24 hours of torture and alleged rape.
  49. 50. Funeral of Zahra Bani Yaghub
  50. 51. Robert A. “Bob” Levinson US Citizen Missing in Iran since March 2007
  51. 52. Case Of Ahwazi Arabs <ul><li>Poverty and Human Right of Minorities in Iran </li></ul>
  52. 53. Ahwaz in Statistics <ul><li>%33 of total water in Iran </li></ul><ul><li>%90 of Revenue of Iran </li></ul><ul><li>%15 of proved oil reserves in the world </li></ul><ul><li>2nd Gas Reserves in the world after Russia </li></ul><ul><li>Population 5 million people </li></ul><ul><li>%90 of population living under poverty line </li></ul><ul><li>Most of fuel for WW1 and WW2 came out of Abadan refinery </li></ul>
  53. 54. %15 of proved oil reserves in the world
  54. 55. William Knox D'Arcy
  55. 58. Unemployment is high and Arabs banned from working in oil industry
  56. 61. Water Problem
  57. 62. Marsh Arab
  58. 65. Huge dams taking water for Persian area
  59. 69. North of Tehran
  60. 71. Political Freedom: 17 years old Ali Afrawi
  61. 72. 1925 occupation of Ahwaz by Persian
  62. 73. First oil well in Middle East April 1908
  63. 74. During last Shah of Iran
  64. 75. 1979 Iranian Revolution
  65. 76. 1980 Massacre of Mohammareh
  66. 77. Iran Embassy siege in London, 1980 led by Iraqi security service
  67. 78. Freedom of speech and communication
  68. 79. 2005 Intifada or Demonstration
  69. 80. 2005 Intifada or Demonstration
  70. 81. Reisan Sawari
  71. 82. Reisan Sawari
  72. 83. Iran National-Socialist Party
  73. 85. Iran National-Socialist Party
  74. 86. Iran National-Socialist Party
  75. 87. Women Right: Ma’soumeh Ka’bi Mother and 5 children
  76. 88. Lack of investment in area
  77. 89. Food crises
  78. 90. Education
  79. 91. Land Confiscation
  80. 92. New cities Persian
  81. 93. Environment
  82. 94. 8 years Iran Iraq War 1980-1988
  83. 95. 2 millions displacement
  84. 96. explosive remnants of war (ERW) specially unexploded ordnance (UXO)
  85. 97. explosive remnants of war (ERW) specially unexploded ordnance (UXO)
  86. 98. Mine fields: at least 20 million mines
  87. 99. Dates palm farms suffered
  88. 100. The Petrochemical Economic Zone (Petzone) The Petrochemical Economic Zone (Petzone) is located on the south-west of Iran at Arabic Gulf shore, within the boundaries of Mahshahr, a district of Bandar Imam Khomeini (BIK) .It covers an area of 2000 hectars (4940 avtes).
  89. 101. Petrochemical factory
  90. 102. Pollution
  91. 103. Sand Storms
  92. 104. Pollution
  93. 105. Mandaeism the followers of John the Baptist (Sabians )
  94. 106. Baptism
  95. 107. The only people which still speak Aramaic
  96. 109. Sign of Mandaeism
  97. 111. Mandaeism Baptism
  98. 112. Mandaeism Baptism
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