Forged and false emails alleged against Dr Karim Abdian the head of the Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation (AHRO) had been published recently on social media and websites. As result the UNPO has made a statement condemns these allegations against Dr Abdian. UNPO denies any attempts any emails by Dr Karim and did not receive such emails by him. Ahro denies such false allegations against Dr Abdian and states that these allegations attempt to discredit the organisation's work and appeals legal prosecution on anyone who tries to publish false documents on the head of this organisation or any other member and will take legal actions.

Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation (AHRO)

27/05/2013

The following is the statement by the UNPO General Secretary

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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UNPO General Secretary Condemns False Allegations

Against The Democratic Solidarity Party of Al-Ahwaz

Brussels, 24 May 2013

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) has become aware of false allegations

made recently against one of its Members, the Democratic Solidarity Party of Al-Ahwaz (DSPA). The DSPA

which is the representative of the region of Al Ahwaz in the UNPO Member organization promotes the

political and social rights of the Arab Ahwaz. The Ahwaz are one of the largest minorities in Iran living

under precarious security conditions due to the Iranian regime's increasing resort to 'secret' executions

to suppress opposition to the regime.

The allegations, which were posted on various state-sponsored websites, allege attempts by the DSPA to

block the involvement or membership of other Ahwaz organizations in the UNPO Member organization.

The allegations assert that the DSPA objects to UNPO granting membership to various Ahwazi political

parties on the grounds they may have possible links to Al Qaeda and could therefore be detrimental to

the Ahwazi cause. The political parties they refer to as having been blocked from UNPO membership

include the Arab Front for the Liberation of Ahwaz (AFLA), the Ahwazi Arab People’s Democratic Popular

Front (AAPDPF) and the Ahwazi Democratic Popular Front (ADPF).

UNPO informs that at no time has it received any applications for membership from the AFLA, AAPDPF or

ADPF. Further, it is aware, contrary to allegations, that the parties have publicly denied making any

application to UNPO for membership. UNPO additionally wishes to reiterate its complete adherence to a

Five Principle Covenant of Democracy, Self-determination, Non-violence, Tolerance and Environmental

Protection. UNPO highlights that it rejects association with any organisation, political party or minority

group, whose actions are deemed to breach this covenant.

Moreover, UNPO notes the timing of the allegations comes as the Iranian regime is preparing for

Presidential elections to be held on 14 June 2013. UNPO believes the allegations are an attempt to distract

attention away from the Iranian regime’s flagrant violations of the rights of minorities and the rise in

‘secret’ executions, versus public executions, which specifically target minority groups.

UNPO condemns the false allegations and the attempt to discredit the organization's work, and states

that it will continue to defend the rights of minorities with utmost vigour.

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