Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Rights activists demand respect for Azerbaijanis

In commemorating the May 2006 protests against discriminatory cartoons degrading Iran’s Azerbaijani minority, the Association for the Defense of Azerbaijani Political Prisoners in Iran (ADAPP) once again calls on Iranian authorities to respect all citizens’ constitutional rights and to cease all persecution of Azerbaijani activists, ADAPP said in a press release Tuesday.

On May 16, 2006 the state newspaper Iran Daily published a cartoon portraying Azerbaijanis as cockroaches and providing 10 ways to exterminate them. The ensuing protests against such discrimination were met with oppressive force by the Iranian government, leaving 27 demonstrators dead and over 100 injured.

ADAPP urges the international community to mark the anniversary of the May 2006 protests and send a message to the Iranian government that the persistent persecution of non-Persian and non-Muslim Iranians must end.

For more information contact ADAPP’s Fakhteh Zamani at 1-604-677-2524 or Fakhteh.zamani@gmail.com.


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