Tuesday, March 12, 2013

South Azerbaijan Civil Rights Movement in Iran get idea of "Catalonia is not Spain"

South Azerbaijan Civil Rights Movement in Iran get idea of "Catalan is not Spain" and inspired by it. So, as supporters of F.C. Barcelona, in South Azerbaijan supporters of Tractorsazi Football Club opened  a banner in stadium that write on it "South Azerbaijan Is Not Iran". Here is the video of that event.



We have also received a petition from South Azerbaijan in the following terms:



The Azerbaijani Turkish population is the largest linguistic minority group in Iran, comprising The South Azerbaijanis are an estimated 25-35% of the total population of the country. They reside primarily in the Northwest of Iran bordered by Turkey and the state of Azerbaijan, though a significant number of communities are scattered throughout the country. Azerbaijanis speak a dialect of Turkish, closely related to the Azerbaijani-Turkish spoken in the Republic of Azerbaijan. Along with other minorities in Iran, Azerbaijanis are subjected to cultural, linguistic, and economic discrimination.

The South Azerbaijanis are concentrated in north-western Iran and make up the largest minority in the country. Since the establishment of the Pahlavi regime in 1925, Azerbaijanis, as well as other minorities in Iran, have been subjected to cultural, linguistic, and economic discrimination in law and practice. Farsi continues to be the only language of instruction in the Iranian education system within the multilingual country of Iran. Insufficient language education combined with systemic disparity means that many Azerbaijani people cannot escape generational poverty and remain economically and socially stagnant within their communities. The Azerbaijani population has long sought to end socio-economic and cultural inequality and to have the Azerbaijani-Turkish language included as a language of instruction in public schools. 

Azerbaijani activists, including human rights defenders, journalists, writers and students who advocate for the rights of their oppressed community, risk frequent human rights violations ranging from arbitrary arrests to the death at the hands of Iranian Security Forces. All peaceful demonstrations demanding cultural rights, protesting socio-economic injustice, as well as calling for the protection of the environment, have been violently suppressed. Scores of people have been arrested. According to Amnesty International “those who seek to promote Azerbaijani cultural identity and linguistic rights are often charged with vaguely-worded offences such as “acting against state security by promoting pan-Turkism,”. Detainees are subjected to psychological and physical torture, which often yield false confessions. 

One human rights activist, journalist Sa’id Metinpour, is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence for peacefully campaigning for basic rights for his community. Amnesty International calls him a prisoner of conscience. 

The assault on Azerbaijani culture, language, and identity by the Iranian state-run media and press is not uncommon. Azerbaijanis are often stereotyped, insulted, and mocked in, not only the workplace and in person, but in the media as well. In spring of 2006 the government newspaper Iran Daily published a cartoon that depicted Azerbaijanis as cockroaches. Not only was the comparison insulting, but it also implied the need for mass extermination of an entire minority group. Dozens were killed and scores were arrested after Azerbaijanis took to the streets to protest the cartoon. Although the crackdown was brutal, much like the recent measures against the Iranian election protests, it received little attention from the international community.

As in many other parts of the world, women in Iran are victims of violence on a daily basis but Iran's justice system provides no recourse for them. Even the little progress towards culturally-inclined respect for women’s rights, is hampered by Iran’s sexist and misogynistic legal system. Discriminatory laws in both the Iranian civil and penal codes play a major role in empowering men to not only commit acts of violence against women, but also to create a glass ceiling for women who actively campaign to change these laws. In the words of Azerbaijani poet and women’s rights activist, Faranak Farid,]“Race, ethnicity, gender, language and culture, social class, religion, place of residence, disability, etc. are factors which create inequality and discrimination. Often, women confront most of these forms of discrimination.” So minority women are victimized twice, as one Azerbaijani women’s rights activist stated, “We are both women and minorities; in the Islamic Republic of Iran, we are doubly accused.” 

Members of Azerbaijani community, particularly women, also face difficulties in the criminal justice system because of their inability to speak and understand Farsi, the sole official language of Iran. An example of this is the case of Sakine Muhammadi Ashtiani, an Azerbaijani woman who was convicted of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning. Her son and lawyer believed that she did not receive a fair trial. They claim that her confession was acquired under pressure and, because she spoke only Azerbaijani-Turkish, she was unable to effectively communicate her case to her Farsi-speaking interrogators and in court. 

In the Persian and Shia Muslim- dominated country of Iran, Azerbaijani religious minorities such as Sunnis, Alevis, Jews, Christians and Bahais face both ethnic and religious discrimination. Discrimination against non-Shia Azerbaijanis by the Iranian government is evidenced in their lack of opportunity to complete higher education, their prevention from establishing religious schools and non-governmental organizations, their difficulty obtaining state positions, and their experiences of discrimination in the Iranian justice system as evidenced by their receiving relatively heavier sentences. Reports obtained by Azerbaijani human rights group from Sunni and Alevi communities, show several members of these communities being sentenced to execution after unfair trials largely based on confessions obtained under torture and false documents allegedly prepared by the Ministry of Intelligence and National Security. In 2011, at least six members of the Azerbaijani-Sunni minority group were executed in Urmia Central Prison on accusations of drug trafficking. Another example of an unjust trial is the case of Mehdi Ghasemzadeh’s, a 27-year-old Azerbaijani male, belonging to the Alevi religious minority, who was executed in February 2009, after having been convicted of the charge of “enmity toward God”. 

Also, reports from Sunni and Alevi communities from the Azerbaijani region show the Iranian officials impose financial hardship on farmers by redirecting water supplies away from the their villages and thus exposing their farms to water shortages.

The predominantly Azerbaijani-populated cities of Iran are also being confronted by a pending environmental catastrophe that will result in the drying-out of Lake Urmia, which is situated between West Azerbaijan and East Azerbaijan provinces, and is one of the largest salt lakes in the world. In the Azerbaijani cities of Urmia and Tabriz, to protest the Iranian Government’s poorly-planned irrigation and damming projects which are starving the lake of fresh water. 

A violent police crackdown on Azerbaijani protesters ensued, resulting in scores of injuries, thousands of arrests, and, reportedly four deaths. 

According to a February 2012 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report, as lake levels decline, the exposed lakebed is left with a covering of salts, making a great salty desert on much of the 400 km² of lost surface area. These salt flats will not support agriculture and inhibit the growth of most natural vegetation. The salts are also susceptible to dispersion by wind and will likely create "salt-storms" like the ones that have resulted from the drying of the Aral Sea, located 1,200 km to the northeast of Lake Urmia. 

In recent years, the Iranian government has built dams on more than 20 tributaries feeding into the lake. Environmental organizations and experts claim that this damming, coupled with an environmentally damaging bridge linking the cities of Urmia and Tabriz, has reduced the flow of water into and within Lake Urmia, causing the majority of the lake to evaporate. 

The deterioration of Lake Urmia impacts 13 million local inhabitants, as well as the nations of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iraq, and Armenia. According to Esmail Kahrom, a professor of environmental sciences at the University of Tehran, if Lake Urmia dries up, “six to eight cities will be totally destroyed, covered by layers and layers of salt.”


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45 comentaris:

  • Unknown says:
    March 13, 2013 at 5:29 AM

    yeah..

  • Unknown says:
    March 13, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    we are not iranian people. we are 35milion south AzerbaiJan people under persian racism... hear our world...

  • Unknown says:
    March 13, 2013 at 5:32 AM

    yeah..

  • Mevlud Turan says:
    March 13, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    Thank you Catalonia, we want see the free Catalonia and very soon! From the South Azerbaijan.

  • asmaz yakib says:
    March 13, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    viva south azerbaycan-viva Catalonia

  • asmaz yakib says:
    March 13, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    free south azerbaycan - free Catalonia

  • Aydin Yoldash says:
    March 13, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Long live Catalonia, long live South Azerbaijan!

  • Unknown says:
    March 13, 2013 at 9:33 AM


    "South Azerbaijan Is Not Iran"

    "Catalonia is not Spai"


    free free SOUTH AZERBAIJAN and CATALONIA

  • erselan sasha says:
    March 13, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    yes it is absolutely tru!!!
    Our fans want this banner in Barcelona Barcelona game show
    Long live Catalonia!!
    please do it...

  • Faegh Sohrabi says:
    March 13, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    tnx for sharing this news, I am from south azerbaijan and all of our basic needs are forbiden for us, we can't learn our language, our history, and anything related to our culture...
    We are still fighting for our rights and we appreciate your this action, thank you so much and sry for my poor english
    faegh from south for ever AZERBAIJAN

  • hassan says:
    March 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    yaşasın Azərbaycan.
    viva catalonia

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    Honey Mani says:
    March 13, 2013 at 1:56 PM

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  • Honey Mani says:
    March 13, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    yeah, we are under Fars racist government, thank you for your nice post. I wish you a free Catalonia and free Azerbaijan to us.
    Long Live both

  • Honey Mani says:
    March 13, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    yeah, we are under Farsi racist government, thank you for your nice post. I wish you a free Catalonia and free Azerbaijan to us.
    Long Live both

  • Gunay m.n says:
    March 13, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    yeah, we are under Fars racist government, thank you for your nice post. I wish you a free Catalonia and free Azerbaijan to us.
    Long Live both

  • Mehdi mohammad pour says:
    March 13, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Most of the south Azerbaijanis are barca's fan because we share common feelings
    viva CATAlONIA
    yaşasın AZƏRBAYCAN

  • Mehdi mohammad pour says:
    March 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Most of the south Azerbaijanis are barca's fan because we share common feelings and both fighting for independence.
    viva CATALONIA
    yaşasın AZƏRBAYCAN

  • tek turan says:
    March 13, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    " This is the voice of south Azarbaijan " south Azarbaijan is not Iran


    2013 / Feb / 28
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  • tek turan says:
    March 13, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    " This is the voice of south Azarbaijan " south Azarbaijan is not Iran

    ‬www.facebook.com/GAMT.english‪

    ‬www.facebook.com/musteqilmilliteyf


    ‬http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CL9iQt_Xn4&feature=youtu.be‪

  • Nick Nikka says:
    March 13, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Yashasin (viva )Catalonia Yashasin S.Azerbaijan

  • atilla bayramoglu says:
    March 13, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    thank you help catalonia...شکراً

  • atilla bayramoglu says:
    March 13, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    thank you help catalonia...شکراً

  • Serderili Alp says:
    March 14, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    That's true; South Azerbaijani turkish peoples get idea from catalonia. South Azerbaijan status in Iran is the same of catalonia in Spain, becaus of they are fanatic fans for barcelona!

  • Goldstein says:
    March 14, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Hi, I'm from Azerbaijan. (Republic of Azerbaijan, north)

    Thank you for your attention, Catalonia!

    In iran live 35.000.000 azerbaijani people and they can't speak in their language.

    Greetings from Azerbaijan to Catalonia and our land, to South Azerbaijan!

  • Daana says:
    March 14, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    independence for Catalonia and South Azerbaijan. Lily from Australia

  • Daana says:
    March 14, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    I always supported Catolonia's independence; some of my Spanish friends stopped their friendship with me because of this. Unite Catalonia and South Azerbaijan for a common cause: Independence. Danna, South Azeri

  • payam asadi says:
    March 14, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    South Azerbaijan is Most popular ethnic in Iran as 35 million of Iran is Turk.....But we are prisoner in Persian racism!

  • azarturk says:
    March 14, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    yashasin azarbayjan -- viva Catalonia

  • sona ghanbari says:
    March 14, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Catalonia and South Azerbaijan have both the same faith...
    They need to unite and support each other.
    Long live Catalonia and Long live Azerbaijan

  • sona ghanbari says:
    March 14, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Catalonia and South Azerbaijan have both the same faith. They should unite and support each other in international arenas..
    We have football team Tractor, which is extremely popular in Azerbaijan. You guys have Barcelona, popular all around the world.
    Long live Catalonia
    Long live Azerbaijan

  • vahid kheradmand says:
    March 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    viva south AZARBAYJAN viva CATALONIA

  • Mehrdad Mohtadi says:
    March 14, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Azeris are totally 16-18 miliom in Iran. Some of them think different and want to stay with Iran.

  • bunturk turan says:
    March 15, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Gràcies, Catalans!



    Baku city, [North] Azerbaijan Republic


  • babek zadeh says:
    March 16, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Similar nations with similar situations but southern Azerbaijan lives under very heavy recims applied by Persians. We hope our brothers in Catalonia hear our voice and support our thinking that similar your thinking Catalonia is not Spain, Soththern Azerbaycan is not Iran , we hope we are going to friendly game in near future in Barcelona or Tabriz. It's will be very useful for improving Catalania and sothern Azerbaijan thinking . Long live Barca, long live tiraxtur.

  • Yashar Turanaz says:
    March 18, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    tanx to ur respect for us// we love catalonia and barcelona//hope to see free south azerbaina and catalonia in near...ur voice is more than 40million azerbaycani turkish voice.

  • MSc Manager says:
    March 25, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Thanks for news
    South Azerbayjan is not iran
    persian is Racist
    Viva both

  • ليدا افشار says:
    April 25, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Thanksfor news
    i am turk and live in south azerbaijan .
    south azerbaijan is not IRAN .
    Iranian is racist.
    lida afshar

  • ليدا افشار says:
    April 25, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Thanks for news
    I am live on the south azerbaijan .
    Iranian Is racist .
    south azerbaijan is not IRAN
    Lida afshar

  • saman ro says:
    May 1, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    First of all, there are only 9 million people in the province of Iranian azerbeyjan, about 1 to 2 million of them not even ethnically being azeri. Azeris are 15-20% of Iran at best, and that includes mixed ones aswell.

    Second, most azeris in Iran consider themselves Persian and are persified. I'm azeri Persian myself.

    Third, turanism is a racist toorkish fascist ideology that has the blood of 1.5 million Armenian women, men and children on its hands.

    Say no to turkish grey wolf fascist propaganda.

    Freedom for catalonia. Dorood and sepas gozaram.

  • saman ro says:
    May 1, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    first of all, the azerbeyjan province in Iran is only 9 million total, and around 1-2 million of them aren't even azeri but Kurdish, and Persian/Tat/Talish. Azeris are 15-20% of the population at best and thats if you include the mixed ones.

    Second, Most Azeris in Iran consider themselves Persian. They have Persian names, eat persian food, pratice Persian traditions, values, customs, holidays etc... I'm Persian azeri myself.

    Third, turanist grey wolf azeri and turk racists have the blood of 1.5 million Armenian women, men and children on their hands.

    Say no to say turkish propaganda. Dorood va sepas gozaram.

    Freedom for Catalonia!

  • saman ro says:
    May 1, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    First of all, there are only 9 million people in the province of Iranian azerbeyjan, about 1 to 2 million of them not even ethnically being azeri. Azeris are 15-20% of Iran at best, and that includes mixed ones aswell.

    Second, most azeris in Iran consider themselves Persian and are persified. I'm azeri Persian myself.

    Third, turanism is a racist toorkish fascist ideology that has the blood of 1.5 million Armenian women, men and children on its hands.

    Say no to turkish grey wolf fascist propaganda.

    Freedom for catalonia. Dorood and sepas gozaram.

  • cmsfarsi says:
    May 3, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Thanks for news
    South Azerbayjan is not iran
    persian is Racist
    Viva both

  • Thorgal Aegirson says:
    July 7, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    SOUTH AZERBAIJAN + NORTH AZERBAIJAN (ARAN) = IRAN, CATALONIA = GIPSIES...

  • Gregory E says:
    September 23, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Would a single one of these "South Azerbaijanis" extend their support to the independence of Nagorno-Karabagh from Azerbaijan or Kurdistan from Turkey? My guess would be that they would hypocritically respond in the negative.

  • Shervin Afshar says:
    January 7, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Azərbaycan Türkləri
    çəkəmməz bu zilləti
    yes Azerbaijan is not iran

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