Below is a Member Resolution as presented and adopted before the IX UNPO General Assembly held during 16-17 May 2008 in Brussels, Belgium:
16 - 17 May 2008, Brussels Belgium
Joint Member Resolution introduced by: The Ahwazi Arab, Azeri Turk, Balochi and Kurdish nation members of UNPO on Behalf of the Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran
The use of Arabic, Azeri, Balochi and Kurdish languages in schools and publications has been strictly prohibited even in their own regions. No cultural institutions or activities are tolerated among the non-Persians nationalities. Only Persian history is taught as “Iranian” history, never the history of other national groups.
The rights of Iranian Sunnis in general are restricted by the provisions of Article 115, which excluded Sunnis from holding the office of the Presidency of the Republic, thus reducing Sunnis to the status of second-class citizens.
Not only do Tehran and other major Iranian cities remain without a Sunni mosque, but after the 1978-1979 revolution Sunni mosques in Mashhad, Salmas, and Shahinzadeh were destroyed, and those in Shiraz, Orumieh, Sanadaj, Saqqez, and Miyandoab were closed.
Underlines that Iran is a multi-ethnic, multinational and multilingual country, composed of Turks, Persians, Arabs, Kurds, Baloch, Turkmen and others;
Notes that in this non-homogenous country, an attempt is being made to artificially turn Iran into a nation-state, a decision made by the Persian elite-aristocracy and the ultra-nationalists, at the exclusion of all other constituent national and ethnic groups;
Notes that successive governments have continued the pursuit of a centralized national-state at the exclusion of others, leaving national minorities (Azeri-Turks, Arabs, Kurds, Baloch, Turkmen, and others), along with the women of Iran, as the most discriminated segments of society;
Noting that the advent of the internet and emergence of satellite TV had played an instrumental role in this national and irreversible process of self-awakening;
Organizations: Democratic Solidarity Party of Ahwaz, Ahwaz Human Rights Organization, Balochistan People’s Party and Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran.