Southern Azerbaijan National Awakening Movement

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Southern Azerbaijan National Awakening Movement
Güney Azerbaycan Milli Oyanış Herekatı
Leader Mahmudali Chehregani, Mohammad Reza Laghaei
Founded 2002; 15 years ago (2002)
Ideology Panturkism
Political position Centre-left
National affiliation Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran

The Southern Azerbaijan National Awakening Movement (SANAM) (Azerbaijani: Güney Azerbaycan Milli Oyanış Herekatı) (GAMOH) is a Baku-based group that advocates self-determination for Azerbaijanis of Iran,[1] and "unification of Azerbaijanis living on both sides of the Aras River".[2]

Foundation and mission[edit]

It was separated from (SANLM) and founded in 2002[3] by Mahmudali Chehregani, and claims to represent the interests of Iran's Azerbaijani minority.[4]

At the UNPO, Southern Azerbaijan was previously represented by Southern Azerbaijan National Awakening Movement.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ William O. Beeman (2005). The Great Satan vs. the Mad Mullahs: How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other. University of Chicago Press. p. 135. The Bush administration also flitered with supporting the Mujaheddin-Khalq (MEK) in their efforts to overthrow the Tehran government, supporting Mahmud Ali Chehregani, leader of an Azerbaijani separatist movement calling for a federated Iran 
  2. ^ Jean-Christophe Peuch (May 31, 2006). "Iran: Cartoon Protests Point To Growing Frustration Among Azeris". Radio Free Europe. 
  3. ^ "Official statement of the Central Committee of SANLM regarding the dismissal of Chehregani". (in Azerbaijani). January 21, 2002. Archived from the original on October 19, 2004. 
  4. ^ "Dissident Iranian Azeri Confirms he was Deported from Azerbaijan". EurasiaNet. June 13, 2006. Archived from the original on September 4, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Souther Azerbaijan member profile" (pdf). UNPO. June 2010. 

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