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Arbitrary Arrests Are Seeing an Alarming Surge in Ahwaz

16 Sep 2018

Arbitrary arrests have been deemed illegal under Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, stating that ‘no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.’ In addition, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Iran is a signatory sets out in Article 9 the freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention. Therefore, Iran is under international obligation to respect the freedom and security of all peoples living under its jurisdiction including the Ahwazis. On 21 August 2018, Mr Shaker Hazbawi, son of Salem, who resides in Majd (Aria) distric

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Protected: Ahwazi people face deterioration in all aspects of life

01 Sep 2018

The Ahwazi territory is located in the eastern coast of Arabian Gulf, starting from the eastern bank of Shatt Al-Arab in the north to Jaghin River in the south which is a natural border with Baluchistan territory. Spreading on an area of 210 thousand square kilometres, it is 20 times bigger than Lebanon. This land is separated from Iranian territory by the natural barriers of Zagros Mountains. However, Ahwaz is still officially part of the Iranian state. [1] Ahwaz is considered one of the wealthiest parts in the world in terms of natural resources including oil (85% of Iran’s oil wells are in

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Extrajudicial killings: Iranian regime’s crime that always go unpunished

20 Aug 2018

According to human rights activists, Sajad Zergani, 22, was shot dead by the security force for not complying with police order to stop for search in Ahwaz city. He died after receiving a gunshot in his right leg on 16 August 2018. According to his family, Sajad dropped out of education before finishing high school. He had been working in Mashhad city for hotel industry and interpreting for clients from Arab countries who come to visit Iran. Sajad had been travelling from Mashhad to see his mother in Ahwaz every two or three months. He used to spend one week with his mother. As a young man,

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Intelligence services arresting Ahwazi activists en masse

18 Aug 2018

The arbitrary arrests made by the intelligence services of the Iranian regime have become a commonplace. They are carried out against Ahwazi people, with the intention of damaging the mainstay of society. Also, they are used to intimidate and terrorise others for them not to participate in any activity or protest. The Iranian authorities fear the rising awareness among Ahwazis about their human rights. Also, they are terrified from independent cultural activities in Ahwaz including the modest campaign about identity and linguistic rights. On 15 July 2018, Mr Reza Moramadi was arrested by

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Suicide is surging in Ahwaz amid rampant poverty

11 Aug 2018

The cause of poverty in Iran cannot be seen as only an economic issue. There is also a legal one since the distribution of income and opportunity is related to the legal system and the practice of the state in this regard. The discriminatory practice when it comes to sharing the country’s wealth among different ethnics in Iran aggravates poverty and causes widespread marginalisation particularly in Ahwaz. According to the contemporary international law, Iran is obligated to prevent the poverty gap among all citizens and to reduce the negative impacts of poverty on the population especially t

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Iranian regime arrests Ahwazi activists, fabricates charges against them

06 Aug 2018

According to recent reports, on 14 July 2018, Ali Zaher Sari, an Ahwazi activist, is reportedly on hunger strike for the second time in protest against the uncertainty of his situation in Sheyban Prison (Vocational Complex) in Ahwaz. He was denied seeing with his family without convincing reasons from prison staffers. Ali Zaher Sari is a civil and cultural activist. He participated in organising Arabic poetry nights and took part in human chains in support of Karun River and to protest against diverting Karun water to central parts of Iran. He also was vocal against the demolishing of Ahwazi c

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Iranian regime is pulling down cultural sites in Ahwaz

02 Aug 2018

Historical buildings in Ahwaz region are subject of neglect and sometimes destruction by the Iranian regime. Castles and palaces belong to the Arab ruling families and kingdoms in the past have either been ruined or completely demolished. These sites with social, cultural and political history form part of the conscience of Ahwazi people and their connection with their land. However, these sites are protected by law and recognised by the Iran Cultural Heritage, Handcraft and Tourism Organisation, no genuine protection was provided by the authorities. Irina Bokova, former Director-Gener

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Ahwaz has one-fifth of Iran’s underprivileged population

31 Jul 2018

The term marginalisation is defined by the EFA Global Monitoring Report 2010: Reaching the marginalized, as ‘a form of acute and persistent disadvantage rooted in underlying social inequalities.’ [1] People who belong to certain ethnic group, poor section of the society, women and children, rural population and people living in informal settlements are often subject to marginalisation and exclusion from the enjoyment of rights in their society. The Governor of Ahwaz province stated that one of the most important reasons for the increase in the marginal population in Ahwaz region is the failur

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Ahwazi children are caught between devil and deep blue sea amid deteriorating education

29 Jul 2018

Children are the main asset and future of nations that need to be prepared with necessary knowledge and be protected from any harm since they are fragile due to their age and dependency on adults. Children spend half of their time at schools and classes where the safety of the building should be well-equipped and maintained by the state as it is the main responsible body for this task. Children in Ahwaz region, however, study in a dangerous environment where the fear of classrooms’ collapse is so real that the Managing Director of Modernization, Development and Equipping of Schools in Ahwaz

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Ahwazis’ health at stake as marshlands are running dry

25 Jul 2018

The right to clean air is a fundamental right for everyone. However, Ahwazi people are denied this right as they are exposed to the air pollution due to heavy contaminated industrial activities and burning of undesirable gas at drilling sites and oil refineries in the homeland of Ahwaz in South and South West of Iran. In addition, dust storm has contributed worsening the quality of air in the region. The dust storms are mainly caused by the government intervention in the water resources of Ahwazi rivers through changing the water courses to central parts of Iran and desiccating the Ahwazi ma

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