West Balochistan: Issues Letter of Condemnation
Below is a letter issued on 18 February 2007 by the Balochistan United Front of Iran addressed to Mr. Peter Burian, President of the UN Security Council, all members of the UN Security Council and Mr. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, condemning the policies and behavior of Iranian authorities towards the Baloch community in Iran:
“Dear Mr. President
First of all let us clarify from the onset that Balochistan United Front of Iran, as a political organisation rejects all forms of violence. We neither subscribe nor condone violence. Indeed the raison d'être for the formation of Balochistan United Front of Iran is to echo the voice of peaceful but oppressed Baloch people who are themselves victims of the State violence.
We understand the fact that United Nations is a body formed by the representatives of governments. Many of these governments do democratically represent their nations, and therefore are entitled to be an equal member of the United Nations. However, governments like the Islamic Republic of Iran do not represent their respective nations. Nonetheless, they use their status as a member to distort the truth and demands what they want.
Since the Advent of Islamic Republic in
The Iranian Intelligent and security forces crush even minimal protest and civilised objection to the status quo in Balochistan mercilessly. You must realise that what goes in
As a fundamental point of principle we do subscribe to the notion that no cause can justify the use of terrorist violence. However, condemning unilaterally only one side of the violence without any reference to the perpetual violence committed by the government forces is neither equitable nor it serves any constructive purpose, but to the appeasement of a regime that has been condemned time after time by the United Nations Human Rights Committee and other relevant UN bodies and international human rights organisations.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has closed all civil and peaceful avenues for dialogue, complaint or dissent in Balochistan. It is therefore responsible for creating an environment where armed conflict, violence and murder are perpetuated by further violence, killings and savagery. The question is: who created and strives to maintain this venomous and vicious cycle of violence and death in Balochistan? In your statement, sadly there is no reference to the violence being committed by the government’s security forces. It does not mention hanging of scores of opponents, not does it refer to the suffering of Baloch people. This is a selective and one-sided statement that fails to condemn terrorism in its all forms and shapes. This is a sad statement which in effect says violence and terrorism is condemned provided the perpetrators are not associated or part of an apparatus which belong to one of our member state.
The Security Council should not be selective in its approach towards condemning terrorism and violence. We will be privileged to hear from you as to why the Security Council has failed to be thorough and imposing in its stance on terrorism with regards to SC/8957?
Could you please be kind enough to distribute our letter to all 15 members of the Council?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Dr A. Doshoki
On behalf of
Balochistan United Front of