Smash the Anti-Afghan
Campaign of the Islamic Republic of Iran!
Once again the reactionary
regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) has exposed it's
anti-people nature by unleashing yet another round of savage attacks against
the Afghan people living in Iran. The height of these attacks culminated when a
group of thugs attacked Afghan refugees in Yazd a city in central Iran. On
Friday, June 30th, a herd of thugs rushed towards a poor neighbourhood of
Afghan refugees and barbarically attacked these defenceless people in the Koshtargah neighbourhood of Yazd. They beat people and set fire on their
homes; many were burnt and injured and abandoned their homes, some rushed out
of the town or had to take refuge to relatives in other areas in the city or country.
The regime stooges and
their media tried to justify and relate these savage attacks on refugees to the
rape and murder of an 18 year old girl whose body was found in a well on
the outskirts of Yazd.
The Authorities and media announced the identity of a man who was arrested for
this matter as an afghan. Announcing the Identity of the man arrested whether
guilty or innocent can not justify the heinous act of harassment of a
community and can not be a cover for an organised campaign of harassment of
Afghan refugees. The attacks against the Afghan refugees have been going on, continuously
in the last 30 years in Iran.
There has been an enormous level of brutality committed against the Afghan
people by the IRI agents or backward sections of the people which the
chauvinist culture is the feeding ground for such heinous acts.
In addition to years of hostility and harassment of Afghan citizens, Iranian
border guards have shot and killed many of them when crossing the border.
Recently, more than 20 Afghan civilians, this time on Turkey's borders
were machine gunned by Iranian military forces. Most of them were killed
and others severely injured.
In recent years, hundreds of Afghan civilians have been sentenced to death and
a number of them have been executed by the Islamic Republic in connection with
drug related offenses, angering people on both sides of the border.
According to reports, the Revolutionary Guards (a military arm of IRI) have
connections and are involved with the trade and transfer of drugs in Iran and
other countries, at the highest levels, accumulating wealth for themselves and
their government and deliberately setting up millions of young people in Iran
and other countries to drug addiction.
The preface of the recent assaults against the Afghan people in Iran was the
anti-Afghan campaign that the government had launched in various provinces of
the country. For example, Afghan men and women were banned from entering a park
in Isfahan at the end of the New Year's celebration early April of this year in
order to exhibits the extent of the chauvinism of an anti-people regime.
Authorities in Mazandaran Province
announced that by the end of the spring and beginning of summer all Afghan
refugees, regardless of their statutes had to leave the province. Local
officials said that the presence of Afghan refugees in 10 coastal cities had
already been banned. The officials also said that "the Afghans are a
threat to Mazandran" and the interior Ministry
said since Mazandaran is a tourist attraction province,
they cannot accept the presence of Afghans in that province.
The shamelessness of the government and their agents is beyond comprehension.
There are no words adequately reflect the depth and magnitude of the chauvinism
and arrogance of these reactionaries. The question is that, who has in fact made
the life for them and especially for the women and the youth a hell. Is that
the Pasdaran (so call revolutionary Guards) and other
security forces of the regime or the hard working Afghan families?
The evidences show that the criminal regime of Iran has prepared a well organised
plan to limit and ultimately expel all Afghan refugees and has already started
to carry it out. According to reports, the presence of Afghan refugees are
completely banned or limited in 28 provinces. More recently, in the province of Fars providing any services such as
education, health care and the use of public transportation and even selling
food to the "illegal" refugees has been banned! In the past, owners
of small businesses had to pay a fine for employing Afghan refugees.
Now, those who sell food to refugees are threatened with the forced closure
of their businesses. These reactionary are trying to overtake the infamous Nazi
fascists, by starving these oppressed people and denying bread and water to their
But these are never
enough for them as by giving permission to all Iranian citizen to demand foreign
national identification papers at any time in order to instigate their most
backward and reactionary nationalistic sentiments and to create an atmosphere
of fear and intimidation among Afghan national.
Millions of Afghan workers and refugees have lost their livelihood and fled
their country due to foreign intervention and the internal conflict among
various reactionaries/Islamic fundamentalists in Afghanistan and become refugees
in different countries.
Afghan workers and refugees in Iran have taken the most difficult jobs under
the worst conditions: the brickwork, working on farms, slaughterhouses,
construction work, stone cutting, cleaning, and so forth... They live in the
most deprived slums and housings. They lack any civil rights with no security.
They get blackmailed and bullied by agents of the regime and they bear the
humiliation of government agents and backward sections of the society.
Many of the Afghan workers are either not paid or their petty wages are extorted
by the security forces. Afghan workers contribute many times more than what the
petty amount they are paid as wages or the social services they receive, to the
overall wealth of Iranian society that goes into the pocket of those in power.
The Islamic reactionary rulers shamelessly say that these refugees are a burden
on society and put them under even more pressure and restrictions, depriving
them of their most basic rights.
The reactionary propaganda of the Islamic Republic act as if those refugees have
left their homes by their own will, even if that is so, they have no right to
harass them and make the life so miserable for them. If not for the reactionary
intervention of imperialist countries and regions, including Iran, would have
the Afghan people faced such suffering? If not for the export of Islamic
fundamentalism by the Islamic Republic as well as Western imperialists to this
country, would have they been forced to leave their home country? Did not Iranian
regime financially and militarily supported the Shia
Islamic parties like the "Islamic Unity"- or "Islamic Movement"?
Didn’t IRI supported the “Jemaat-e-Islami” (Islamic Society) and other "Northern
Alliance" parties and other warlords related to them against Golbedin Hekmatyar (another
reactionary element) in the civil war that led to the destruction of the Kabul? Wasn't it the IRI
that supported the warlords after the Taliban seized power, including Hekmatyar and his gangs to maintain its influence in Afghanistan?
Wasn't it the IRI who helped pave the way for Western imperialist
occupiers? Hasn't the IRI played it's share in the
destruction of Afghanistan
by it's constant involvement, along with Western Imperialists and reactionaries
of the region?
Yes, the IRI has done its share of the crimes against the people of Afghanistan and
has been and still is part of the problem of Afghanistan and one of the reasons
that the people had to flee their country. It is shameful and absurd to pretend
that they have been overwhelmed with the "sudden arrival" of millions
of refugees and keep the right for themselves to harass them and commit
any crime against them. Is that the expression and the reality of the Islamic
Now the working people, along with women and different nationalities, and
religious minorities in Iran
have tasted the same brutality of Islamic kindness!
Now that their Islamic ideological weapon has lost its capacity to fool
people, the regime is trying to rely on another rotten weapon of national
chauvinism. But they are mistaken if they think that they can resolve their
ideological (economic and political) crisis by scapegoating Afghan people. The
Islamic Republic is in a very deep political and economic crisis, and even if
all Afghan citizens are expelled from Iran, still can not free
itself from the desperate situation in which it is entangled in.
Afghan women often work
at home and because of that are forced to take care of the household and
children at the same time. Their wages are several times less than meagre amount
other workers earn, hardly enough to sustain a family. Many families are
run by women, many are the only breadwinner in the
family. Most of the men are either in prisons or killed in battle. Many families
have been split apart. Women have to hold the family together and face the
repression by the Islamic Republic.
The Islamic Republic has
tried in more than three decades of its rule to enforce the inferiority of
women as the main norm in the society. They have given many advantages to
men in order to win their loyalty, especially amongst the most backward
sections of the masses by implementing many anti-women policies that have
resulted in a gender apartheid system which has turned women into the most
inferior section of the society. Afghan women in addition to all the other
layers of oppressions, have to endure acute national oppression. Because of
this, they are the most subjugated and oppressed in Iran.
To understand the depth
of the problem when the racist policy of the IRI is combined with its anti
women policy it is enough to have a look at the marriage law between Iranian
women and Afghan refugees. The Islamic regime recognizes their citizens only through
father’s side who are Iranian. Children whose fathers are Afghan are not considered
as Iranian citizens and are deprived of education and social services. But
the problem does not end here the Islamic Republic has passed a law in 1991 to even
deny official recognition of marriage between an Afghan man and an Iranian
woman. They have stopped issuing marriage certificates in these cases.
According to government statistics, some 32,000 unofficial marriages between
Afghan men and Iranian women have taken place since the law passed; the actual
number is much higher, especially in the eastern provinces of Iran. For their
children, who constitute nearly 100 thousands, will
not even receive a birth certificate - thus no right to education, health care
and other basic services to be able to lead a decent life.
Going back to the tragic incident of the young girl who was raped and murdered
in Yazd, this horrific act of sexual violence, is a concentration of what
Islamic Republic has brought down on women. The story of this young girl is the
fate of thousands of young girls under the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In a country where anti-women policies are the main concerns of the regime , in
a country that has institutionalized discrimination against women in laws and
it's system as a whole, in a country where violence against women is a strong
current and is part of it's punitive suppressive entity, in a country whose
prisons permits and encourages the rape of women, a country whose ideological
flag is expressed through the enforcement of hijab and the absolute inferiority
of women, it should not be any surprise that violence against women
exists in every sphere of society.
It is in IRI that the person known as ‘the batman of the night” the serial
killer of women, was created. When he was arrested, he identified himself as an
Afghan national to add fuel to the anti Afghan hysteria. Let's remember the
terrible event in a village in Varamin near Tehran that a young girl
was gang raped by six. The video of this crime was all over; immediately rumours
went out that she was raped by Afghan. And until this rumour was proved to be
a lie, many Afghans in Varamin and elsewhere
were assaulted and harassed by thugs and backward people. It is the system
that creates an environment that actively promotes violence against women and
crimes against Afghan citizens. It is this regime that knowingly spreads all
kinds of rumours against oppressed Afghans.
It is up to all freedom
loving people, not only to defend the oppressed Afghans in the face of the
heinous crimes of the reactionary rulers of Iran but at the
same time, to stand up and fight against the disgusting Persian
chauvinism which has become a tool of
the rulers to mobilise the opportunists and backward sections of the
masses. No conscious human being should let these crimes against the
rights of the Afghan people go unanswered.
Oppressed people of
Afghanistan, either those who are in Afghanistan or
live in Iran, have been suppressed and been suffering from the direct or
indirect atrocities of the regime.
Afghan women in
particular suffer the most because of the influence of fundamentalism.
They have continuously been under medieval suppression for the last 30 years
and because of this there is a close and strong relationship between the
oppressed Iranian and Afghan people and the women of these two countries.
The Afghan people who
live in Iran are an integral part of Iranian people and the working class of
Iran. It is their undeniable right to live anywhere they wish to. They have the
right to healthcare and education. They should have access to the resources and
services that has been produced and presented by themselves and other toilers.
Women of Afghanistan and Iran along with the working class and toilers of both
countries should do whatever they can to overthrow the reactionary anti-women
and chauvinist regime of Islamic Republic of Iran build together a society free
of racism, oppression, exploitation and gender oppression.
8 March Women's Organization
(Iran - Afghanistan)
July 7, 2012