As defined in the preamble of the Declaration, enforced disappearances occur when persons are arrested, detained or abducted against their will or otherwise deprived of their liberty by officials of different branches or levels of Government or by organized groups or private individuals acting on behalf of, or with the support, direct or indirect, consent or acquiescence of, the Government, followed by a refusal to disclose the fate or whereabouts of the persons concerned or a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of their liberty, which places such persons outside the protection of the law.
Today on the international day of the victims of enforced disappearances ,Ahwaz Human Rights Organization renews its calls to the Iranian government to disclose the whereabouts of Yousef Silavi ,The 57 year-old Ahwazi Arab citizen .
He was taken from his home in Ahwaz in November of 2009 ,and despite of his wife and daughters relentless search and efforts inside and outside of Iran ,there has been no sign of Mr.Silavi .
Iranian government has not replied to the calls from UN Working Group on Involuntary and Enforced Disappearance . It is worth mentioning that Iranian government has been delaying the country visit by UN working group since the year 2004 .
Early this year Amnesty International and justice for Iran issued an urgent action for Mr.Silavi and today ,Concurrent with this international day, Ahwaz Human Rights Organization representative met with Mr. Emile Franck Amnesty Gulf coordinator in Brussels where the issue of human violations against ethnic minorities in Iran was discussed ,in addition Amnesty Brussels , the francophone division issued a petition in French introducing the case .
AHRO calls upon Mr.Ban Ki-moon the Secretary-General of the United Nations
and all international human rights organizations and UN especial rapporteur to pressure Iran in order to disclose the whereabouts of Mr.Silavi and other victims of enforced and involuntary disappearances and put an end to the pain and confusion of families by disclosing the place of detention or their fate .
Link to the petition : http://www.amnesty.be/je-veux-agir/agir-en-ligne/signer-en-ligne/yousefsilavi?lang=fr