Joint Statement of Organizations of South Azerbaijan Related to the 76th Anniversary of 3rd September Declaration
76 years ago, on 3rd September 1945 (12 Shahrivar 1324), in order to struggle against the racism of the Pahlavi regime in Iran, self-determination right of South Azerbaijan and the formation of a free and democratic rule, 12-article declaration of 3rd September (12 Shahrivar) was issued in Tabriz, the historical capital of Azerbaijan.
During the years of defeat of fascism in the world, Turks of South Azerbaijan, showing national will and courage, declared their national rights and demands to the Tehran regime with this declaration. The 12-article declaration was based on the demand for the cultural, social, political, and economic rights of South Azerbaijan, through the rule of law.
The Tehran regime, which did not agree with the demands, responded with various provocations. In despite, the first congress of the Democratic Party of Azerbaijan was held in Tabriz with the participation of 247 representatives in one month, and the congress approved the statute and program of the Democratic Party of Azerbaijan. A 41-member Central Committee was elected for the party and Seyed Jafar Pishevari became the head of the Democratic Party of Azerbaijan.
Despite the efforts of the Democratic Party of Azerbaijan to negotiate with the Tehran regime in a civilized manner, the regime was opposed due to its racist and reactionary character. Nevertheless, based on the achievements of the Constitutional Revolution in Azerbaijan (1905) and the principle of self-determination right of nations, it was decided to establish the National Government of Azerbaijan on 12th December 1945 (21 Azar 1324). This historical decision showed that South Azerbaijani Turks were in favor of freedom, peace, and democratic rule.
We, as the organizations of South Azerbaijan, honor the 76th anniversary of the 3rd September Declaration and express that the slogan of “Freedom, Justice, National Government” which was uttered in Tabriz streets is our great goal and the base of demands of our nation.
We call on our nation for unity in this sacred path and we emphasize the importance of democratic struggle in an organized manner based on the principles of national governance.
Azerbaijan Central Party of (ACP)
Azerbaijan National Resistance Organization (Diranish)
Azerbaijan Student Movement (AZOH)
Democratic Union of Turks of South Azerbaijan (GADTB)
Freedom Front (GAMAC)
South Azerbaijan Democratic Party (GADP)
South Azerbaijan Independence Party (GAIP)
South Azerbaijan Liberal Democratic Party (GALDP)
South Azerbaijan National Awakening Movement (GAMOH)