Ahwazi Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights


23 Jan 2016

Ahwazi Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights


Keywords: execution of Ahwazi, arbitrary arrest and detention, environmental change in Ahwaz, river diversion project, the Distorted media coverage of press TV channel against Ahwazi activists, economy and poverty, women’s rights, demographic manipulation.

Al-Ahwaz is located in the South and South-West of Iran, and is bounded on the west by the Iraqi territory and on the south by Arabian gulf and from the north by the Zagros mountains. The name of Al-Ahwaz was changed by the Iranian regime during Reza Pahlavi era to Khuzestan, Bushehr and Hormozgan in 1935. The natural resources of Ahwaz are petrol, Gas and its soil has a great potential for agriculture and Ahwaz has three rivers such as KAROON ,JARAHI and KARKHE that play a vital role in irrigating of arable lands.

The Iranian regime claimed that the Arab population in Iran made 2-3% of whole Iranian population, but the regime percentage is completely wrong because the regime does not want to give the correct population of Arabs that definitely make over 10% of whole Iranian population, so there is no doubt about that the population of Arabs in their territory Al-Ahwaz is between 8- 10 million people (This number does not include the Arab population inside Iran).


Sheikh Khazal was the last leader of Al-Ahwaz where was run the country in Sheikhdom system. Sheikh Khazal was also the last leader of Ahwaz that assassinated by the government of IRAN when they invaded Ahwaz in 1925 and occupied it by military action and massacred many people who resisted in tackling with the occupied Iranian troops.


The Ahwazi Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights also wants to bring your attention for the Ahwazi case that has been suffering from the Iranian ill-treatments since the occupation of Al-Ahwaz in 1925, particularly since the Islamic Republic took power in 1979.

As you are aware that the Iranian authorities practices dreadful policy like executions against the Arab people of Al-Ahwaz through the revolutionary courts. The Iranian authorities were also killed many Ahwazi Arab activists under torture, while they are in the secret detention, which mainly belong to the Iranian intelligence services. The Iranian authorities have another ideology against Ahwazi Arabs like ethnic cleansing through forced displacement, starvation, cut water and drying rivers and wetlands, and also the denial of the resources inside Ahwaz, which caused the environment speedy change in Ahwaz. The environmental problems in Ahwaz caused many Ahwazi to leave their lands and faced poverty, segregation and ghettos in the major cities, although between 80 to 90% of the Iranian economy came from oil, gas, and agriculture in Ahwaz. Furthermore, since the Islamic Republic Regime’s rise to power, the theocratic regime has enforced ethnocide policies against Ahwazi Arab nation.  From the beginning of Islamic revolution in 1979, the Ahwazi Arab people were greeted by assassination, execution and banishment and mass forced displacement and finally following repressive policies have been adopted against them.

  • No right of free speech, assembly or movement
  • Arrest and imprisonment without charge or trial  (thenumber of captives has increased)
  • Systematic liquidation of  Ahwazi Arab intellectuals( genocide  of intellectual)
  • Torture, forced confession, solitary confinement
  • No rights for education in mother language
  • Land confiscation to build settlements for Persian settlers
  • Closing the ways of Ahwazi rivers like Karun and drying out the  marshlands of Al- Ahwaz
  • Environmental change in which have increased cancer and other disease in Ahwaz. For instance, cancer has increased around 500% in Ahwaz.
  • Pollution has increased in Ahwaz. For instance, our capital city, Ahwaz city became the polluted city in the world according to the united Nations from 2010 to 2014.
  • The suppression of religious, political, cultural and human rights activists increased.
  • The Arab name of our cities, rural areas and our country have changed to Persian Like Al-Ahwaz to Khuzestan, Mohammerah to khorramshahr and so on.

Death Sentences

The execution of Ahwazi activists is an obvious phenomenon of national genocide committing by the Iran authorities. The Iranian authorities usually sentence a massive number of Ahwazi to the death penalty each year. However, the cultural, political, social, and human rights activists are more seriously faced the death row by the Iranian authorities. A massive number of Ahwazi activists death penalty uphold by the Iranian Supreme Court, and many of them transferred to unknown place by the Iranian intelligence services.

The death row against 4 Ahwazi from Falahiya city (Shadegan)

As a result of Iran’s continues violation of human rights, four Ahwazi political activists from Falahiya city (Shadegan) in Ahwaz were executed in the secret detention due to their activists (case no. 901043630040079).

These men were arrested on 23/08/2009 by the Iranian security guard after their houses were raided by the guard without any permission from the authorities. The name of these Arabs are Mr. Ghazi Abbasi, Mr. Abdolreza Amir Khanafereh, Mr. Abdul Amir Mojadami, and Mr. Jassem Moghaddam Payam. The Iranian security services accused these men of having propaganda against the regime, corruption on the earth, enmity of god, and danger for the regime security. Therefore, on 4th September 2012, the judge Mr. Ali Farhadvand from branch one of the Iranian revolutionary court in Ahwaz sentenced these men to the death penalty. The decision was confirmed by the Supreme Court in Tehran by the judge Mr. Reza Faraj Alahi in branch 32 on 13/07/2013.

Human Right Watch and Amnesty International on 26th July and 4th October 2013 condemned the Iran’s death decision against these men and asked the Iranian authorities to halt the execution against these men1. However, the Iranian authorities executed these men in the secret detention in November 2013, and has not given the bodies to their families yet.

The death row against 5 Ahwazi from Khalafia city (Ramshir)

Five men belong to Al-Hiwar cultural group still facing the death row in Iran despite human rights organisations, the EU foreign office, and the UK foreign office action. Mr. Mohammad Ali Amouri 37 year old, Mr. Hashem Shabani 34 year old, Hadi Rashedi 42 year old, Jabber Alboshoka 31 year old, and Mokhtar Alboshoka 29 year- old , who were sentenced to the death penalty in July 2012 by the revolutionary court in branch 2 in Ahwaz by the Judge- Sayed Mohammad Bagher Mousavi, and the death row confirmed on 9 January 2013 by the Supreme Court in Tehran in branch 32 by the Judge- Mr. Reza Faraj Alahi.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, 36 other Human Rights organisations, 9 organisations belong to the UN, the British foreign office, the EU foreign office, Germany and Norway foreign office asked Iran to stop the death penalty against these men. However, Iran refused to stop the death row despite being under pressure by the Human Rights organisations. Therefore, the families of these men confirmed that the death penalty still threaten their lives in Prison, and the services can execute them at any time. However, the Iranian authorities were recently executed two of them in the secret detention in January 2014. Mr. Hashem Shabani and Hadi Rashedi both teachers executed and their bodies have not given to their families yet.

The death row against 2 Ahwazi from Susa city (Shosh)

Two Ahwazi Arab cultural activists from Al-Shabab (Youth) sentenced to the death penalty by the Iranian revolutionary court in Ahwaz due to their cultural activist. On 11th November 2012, the Iranian security guard were raided Khalaf Muslim village south of Susa city, and were arrested 9 members of Al-Shabab cultural organisation; Mr. Ali Chabishat 46 year-old, Mr. Hussein Chabishat (the son of Mr. Ali Chabishat), Salah Al.din Chabishat 22 year-old (the son of Mr. Ali Chabishat), Habib Silawa (Kaabi), Sayyed Yasin Mousavi 34 year-old, Salman Chayan 32 year-old, Mohammad Chayan 30 year-old, Karim Chayan 34 year-old, and Ashor Shamkali 33 year-old.

The Iranian revolutionary court were sentenced two members of Al-Shabab cultural organisation to the death penalty in charge of enmity of God, corruption on the earth, dangerous for national security, and propaganda against the regime. Therefore, the Iranian intelligence services were sent Mr. Ali Chabishat and Sayyed Yasin Mosavi to unknown place, and were executed them in the secret detention the same as other Ahwazi activists who were already executed in the secret detention like the execution of around 10 Ahwazi that the Iranian authorities have not given the bodies to their families.

Arrest and detention

There are a list of Ahwazi people who were arrested by the Iranian intelligence services ( Ahwazi captives) due to their activists. A massive number of those activists were sentenced for long life imprisonment by the Iranian authorities. For instance, number of Arabs from Susa city sentenced for long life imprisonment in December 2011 in charge of propaganda against the regime, inviting people to boycott the Parliamentary election in 2011, corruption on the earth, and dangerous for the regime security. All these men were holding in the secret detention belong to the intelligence services for nearly 6 month. All of them faced critical situation under the worst and harsh physical and physiological torture.

The case of Ahwazi activists from Hamidiyeh city

The Iranian Revolutionary Court in Al-Ahwaz branch1 has recently sentenced Mr. Hassan Abiat 36 year-old to the life imprisonment, sentenced Mr. Eidan Bit Sayah 37 year-old to 10 years, Mr. Jasem Saiedi 30 year-old and Mr. Khaled Obidawi 30 year-old to 5 years prison on 7th August 2014 in charge of corruption on the earth, enmity of God, dangerous for the regime security, and propaganda against the regime.

All these men were born in Hamidiyeh in the west of Ahwaz capital city, they were arrested by the Iranian intelligence services in 2012, and were kept 11 months in the secret detention that seems belong to the Iranian intelligence services. According to their families, all these men were tortured by the intelligence services, and interviewed on Press TV to claim their connection with Ahwazi Political party outside Iran. They were also unable to access a lawyers to follow their cases while they were in detention.


In Ahwaz, the large number of people also kill under torture, which usually their names do not mention on the lists of people who execute by the Iranian authorities. The prisoners in Ahwaz usually transport to a detention that mainly belong to the security services. Therefore, the vast majority of inmates often face torture by the security services. The type of torture that usually claim the people’s lives can be beatings, immersion in excrement, near-asphyxiation, rape, burning by Iron, and electric shocks. However, there are other ways for torturing people, which is more sophisticated ways for torturing such as ”deprivation of light, deprivation of sleep, general disorientation, threats of mutilation or death, mock execution, and most powerful of all in many cases, the threat that physical abuses will be extended to persons close to the prisoner”,  although International Law in Article 10 of ICCPR and Article 1,2,4 of the Convention Against Torture, and Article 6 of the ICCPR urged the countries to not torture the prisoners.

The suppression of religious groups

In May 2011, the authorities were executed 11 Ahwazi Arab men and a 16 year-old boy in Karoon prison on the charge of political and religious activity. The vast majority of execution were carried out without accessing to a fair trial that International law in Article 6 and 11 of ICCPR mentioned the countries to offer to people during the court. Furthermore, due to increasing of violation of human rights in Ahwaz, mainly the death penalty, the European Union through International Law under the right to life has imposed sanctions on 17 Iranian officials, including prominent members of the government and the judiciary who play a key role in serious human rights violations.

Environmental change in Ahwaz

Water and Sanitation

“Having access to safe drinking water and sanitation is central to living a life in dignity and upholding human rights. Yet millions of Ahwazi Arab people still do not enjoy these fundamental rights”.

Although Ahwaz has huge water resources, (about 33% of Iran’s total), the region is suffering from a serious water crisis. The water crisis has caused by ecological mismanagements of Karoon River; the largest river flow through Ahwazi lands .Since 1979, the karoon has faced more than 400 incidents of serious contamination. Beside the policy of land confiscation, a parallel policy against Ahwazi is being practiced that is diverting water of main river course in Ahwaz such as Karoon, Karkha, and Al-Jarrahi and pumping it to central Persian areas such as Isfahan, Yazd and Kerman for the purpose of irrigation. This happens while they deprive the Arab farmers of utilizing this water and make their struggle for survival very difficult and very frustrating. Periodically they fabricate flood via their dams that are known as Arab killer Dams that have been constructed for this purpose in order to demolish the infrastructure of Ahwazi Arab villages and their fertile lands to restrict their brutal circle force on Ahwazi Arabs farmers to abandon their lands and look for other alternatives for make living. They consequently facilitate the displacement of Arab people and confiscations of their arable lands and demolition of Arab villages and the countryside of Ahwaz.

Sugar cane plantations, which were established after the Iranian regime confiscated thousands of hectares of Ahwazi Arab farmers lands forcibly, place   heavy demands on water supplies. Furthermore, all the sewage is dumped untreated into the main River Karoon which supplies all Ahwaz city water. As a result, water become contaminated and undrinkable.

Internal displacement

In the recent years, up to 60% of Ahwazi land experienced the worst long-term drought and most severe set of crop failures since the regime began its scheme of water diversion. It is estimated that one and half millions of people who are mostly dependent on agriculture in the countryside, particularly in Howeyzeh, Muhammara, Abadan, Falahiya, Tustar, Susa, Quanitra (Dezful), Ramez and khalafiyah. These massive numbers of people had driven into extreme poverty.

This has led to a massive exodus of farmers and agriculturally dependent rural families from the countryside to cities. This problem has compounded by the continued exploitation and neglect of Ahwazi natural resources, which has contributed to water shortages and land desertification. The massive internal displacement from rural to urban centers and significant discontent among Agriculture-dependent communities are one of the factors of social and political unrest in Ahwaz region.

Forced Migration and Land Confiscation: demographic manipulation

Since the Islamic Republic of Iran rise to power, the authorities have enforced ethnocide policies against Ahwazi Arab nation. In fact, the threat of forced displacement, deportation or execution against the Ahwazi has become permanent.

From 1925, the ousted Pahlavi monarchy and current the Islamic Republic have both carried a deep historical hatred against the Arab nation. They have continued their policy of Persianization and ethnic cleansing in Ahwazi regions. Tens of thousands of Ahwazi were displaced. Without exaggeration, a close link can be established between the rise to power of the Islamic republic in 1979 and the forced displacements, deportations and migratory waves of Ahwazi Arabs.

It seems that the Iranian authorities have failed to obliterate the identity of non-Persian people within its totalitarian policy. The ongoing mass execution, the massive impoverishment, cultural dispossession and the denial of all fundamental civil, cultural, human, and political rights seem insufficient to eliminate the will of non-Persian people. Therefore, the Islamic republic of Iran has adopted a systematic and vicious policy for the entire non-Persian regions that is called anti socio-environmental agenda that has systematic demographics/ethnic roots.

Forced migration and land confiscation

Despite Iran constitution and signature of ICCPR, there is strong evidence that Iranian authorities are orchestrating a systematic and ultranationalist policy of land confiscation and forced migration that are in line with the ethnic reconstructing program outlined in top confidential letter written by Sayed Mohammad-Ali Abtahi when he served as Iran vice president. The Abtahi letter leaked to the international media in 2005, promoting April intifada in Ahwaz that led to an unprecedented popular uprising, which engulfed the entire Ahwaz region  and more than 200 people were killed by the security forces.

The letter was written in 1999, suggests a time-frame of 10 years to accomplish the ethnic restructuring programme. The Iranian authorities are encouraging forced migration of Ahwazi Arabs out of Ahwaz and their replacement with loyal ethnic group, particularly ethnic Persian, constructing separation walls to segregate indigenous Arabs from non-indigenous settlers and the privileged migrants.

Ethnically exclusive settlements such as Shirin Shahr and Ramin have been built in recent years to house Persians from Yazd and Fars provinces that have been brought into the area to take up jobs denied to Arabs.

The regime is encouraging ethnic Persian to settle on the land confiscated from Ahwazi Arabs farmers by placing advertisements in Farsi-speaking provinces and cities, which promise cheap fully furnished apartments with all amenities.

In fact, since the military occupation of Ahwaz, the Iranian regime deliberately began to implement their malicious agenda in constructing exclusive settlements to bring Persian settlers to Ahwazi lands to change demography of Ahwaz.

Moreover, they are trying systematically to rise up poverty and unemployment rate between Ahwazi Arab people while the Persian settlers enjoy top priority in achieving employment opportunities. More than 12,000 hectares of Ahwazi farmland north of Susa and Tustar have been taken to resettle the faithful non- indigenous Persian, according to directives by the ministry of Agriculture and the Revolutionary crop command.

In the recent years, the Iranian officials brought many of Persian settlers to this region by building various settlements for Persians settlers. These persianization policies have forced Ahwazi Arabs into poor shanty towns around the city.

The confiscation measures of Susa and Tustar arable lands are carried out directly by the department of Natural Resources of the Iranian regime.

The department of Natural Resources and the Mehr Housing institute are cooperating directly to usurp the Ahwazi lands and when their project face with popular resistance from local people, the security forces will intervene quickly to arrested and even kill unarmed people with live bullets.  In relation to Ahwaz the regime has been cruel on everything both human and environment and always confronts the legitimate demands of Ahwazi people with fire, shipments of tear gas and excessive military force.

The regime authorities normally confiscate the Ahwazi lands under the pretext that such a lands are considered a conservation zone and must be protected from being destroyed or spoiled. However, the real story on the ground is different. They usurp the farmer’s lands just to construct settlements to bring  Persian settlers to Ahwazi lands to change the demographic of   Ahwazi Arab populations and making them a minority in comparison with the Persian settlers. The objective of the land confiscation and settlement programmes is to prevent unrest among Ahwazi Arabs from destabilizing this strategic oil-producing region.

Air pollution

In terms of suffocating air pollution, Ahwaz outstrips Beijing and Delhi by a long stretch, according to the latest findings of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Ahwaz City’s measure of airborne particulate matter (PM10) is 372 ug/m3, which is a third more than the world’s second-most polluted city, Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar and the only city in the world where average PM10 levels rise above 300 ug/m3.

In  this new study, WHO says Ahwaz has the highest measured level of airborne particles small enough to cause serious health problems in humans.

The astonishing level of air pollution has taken its toll on the local population, which mostly belongs to the persecuted Ahwazi Arab ethnic group.

Life expectancy is the lowest in Ahwaz and residents suffer high levels of respiratory problems, cancer and many other rampant diseases. some cities in Ahwaz such as falahiya (also known as Shadegan)and Khafajia (also known  as Sosangerd) people are suffering from unusually high rate of skin ,heart ,and kidney diseases due to the continued storage and uses of chemical, biological and other related polluted materials remaining from Iran_ Iraq war and the government has not taken any action to remediate the situation and in Ahwaz the state hospitals are unhealthy  and ill-equipped with insufficient numbers of doctors and medicines  that lead to make the death rate unacceptably high.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has officially warned the Iranian Environment Association that the southwest of Iran is facing a situation similar to the environmental catastrophes that have affected the Aral Sea in Central Asia and the Amazon jungle. The region contains extensive marshes and rivers that support endangered species of fish as well as migratory birds. Ahwazi farmers and fishermen also depend on the waters for their livelihoods.

Great controversy surrounds the river diversion programme. The government’s plans, already under development, seek to siphon off 1.1bn cubic meters of water from the province’s main rivers to central Iran. This is destroying the marshlands like Horelazim, which serve as an important habitat for wildlife, as well as helping to regulate humidity and rainfall further inland. Agriculture felt the worst of the effects of river diversion in 2012, which worsened the effects of drought. Ecological and environmental values ​​of the  Horelazim and falahya marshlands are unique  that the drying of these marshlands in Ahwaz and Iraq has increased the incidence of fatal dust storms in the region.

But, wildlife and human health are being punished the most, with some species of birds and mammals facing extinction in the region and Ahwazi Arabs suffering neurological, respiratory and birth disorders as well as high levels of cancer.

River diversion project

Environmental campaigners in Ahwaz City formed a human chain along the Karoon River in the current days in protest at the river diversion project.

The drying of the River Karoon is becoming a rallying point for Ahwazi Arabs, who   accuse the Iranian authorities of presiding over an ecological disaster on a par with the destruction of the Amazon.

The mega-project involves the construction of dams and tunnels to divert water away from Iran’s largest river which flows through the city and is essential for farming, drinking water and the local ecology. Controversy surrounds the Koohrang-3 tunnel, which is currently under construction and is set to transfer 255 million cubic metres of water per annum to Zayandeh Rood in Isfahan. The diverted waters will be used for agro-industrial projects, instead of irrigating traditional Arab lands where food staples are grown, such as rice and wheat. Already, three tunnels transfer around 1.1 billion cubic metres of water from the Karoon and its tributaries to Isfahan every year.

Currently, there are seven dams and tunnels diverting Karoon water with a further 19 dams under construction as well as 12 dams on Karkheh river basin and five dams on Jarrahi river basin. Twelve of these dams have built in Lorestan province in the Karoon and Karkheh basins, which store 800 million cubic metres for local use. Two dams have built in Ilam province on Karkheh river basin with annual storage capacity 1.04 billion cubic metres. Three dams have been built in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province on Jarrahi River with annual capacity of 1.24 billion cubic metres. So far, 25 dams with total capacity of 10.44 billion cubic metres have into operation in the Karoon basin. These dams are located in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province, Lorestan province and the north part of Al-Ahwaz (Khuzestan).

The Iranian authorities have also dried other rivers in Ahwaz, such as Zohreh (Tamimeyeh), Qoban, Jassem and Dez through changing the way of the river to Boyer Ahmad and Fars provinces

Economy and Poverty

The Iranian economy is heavily dependent on oil and gas (The world’s fifth- largest crude exporter) that all came from Ahwaz. Oil played major role in Iranian economy since it was discovered the main base formed by the nation-state of Iran, and the annual budgets in Iran, whether in the era of the Shah, or in the era of the Islamic Republic be mainly based on imports of oil. 85% of Iranian government revenue came from oil, so plummeting prices are particularly painful. (The economist, 5th May 2009; Reuters 5th August 2009). Therefore, it is clearly to approve that majority of Iranian economy, such as oil, gas, agriculture and other resources came from Ahwaz. However, a massive number of Ahwazi people live under $1 or $2 per day.

As a result of high inflation, rising prices, food shortages, and long lines at gas stations made the Ahwazi household economy is unstable, particularly since Ahmadinejad took power. Moreover, Iran’s rapidly depleted natural resources, such as water, and the country’s growing reliance on imported grains and rice, as well as they deterioration of its farms and ranches. In March 2009, the Iranian regime in Ahmadi Nejad period also proposed cuts in government subsidies on oil, gas and electricity which have an impact on Ahwazi people, particularly poor family.

Despite all the economy in Ahwaz, such as oil wealth, life is hard for Ahwazi people. Majority of Ahwazi average monthly income is around $150-200 per month ($1,800-2,400 per year). The Iranian regime mostly spending money on spreading war rather than helping its needy. “Iran is actively involved in Lebanon,” “They are the real motivators of war and chaos through the ‘clean money’. Iran’s funding of Hezbollah “that they appropriated from their poor. They are also involved in both Iraqi and Palestinian affairs. They are involved in acts of violence in Yemen and are nauseatingly active in Syria, Pakistan and the Arabian Gulf nations like Bahrain and kuwait while at home their unemployment and poverty problems worsen and their oil revenues are channelled into the development of nuclear weapons technology and the building of its military arsenal.”

Women’s right

Ahwazi Organization for the Defense of Human Rights during the interview with several Ahwazi women who were under torture in the detention that belong to the Iranian intelligence services pointed out that the Iranian authorities suppress the voices of women like Ahwazi men, their Arabic culture and identity always denied by the Iranian authorities because of their ethnicity and gender..

This operates in the areas of education, health, politics and the social life. While Ahwazi Arab men are second-class citizens, Ahwazi women are third class. Illiteracy among Ahwazi Arab women is around 80 per cent, compared to around 50 per cent for Ahwazi men and 27% for Iran as a whole. Ahwazi women suffer from health problems because of a lack of adequate health facilities. As a result, Ahwazi women suffer gynecological problems and have a high incidence of infertility, stillbirths and birth deformities.

Women and children are often being held as hostages by the Iranian authorities and often kept for months without charge in detention centres.  Some Ahwazi women used to be pregnant and have either miscarried or forced to give birth in prison without adequate medical assistance and in unsanitary conditions.For example, Fahima Badawi who gave birth to her daughter Salma in prison.  She held in custody as punishment for refusing to denounce her husband Ali Matouri Zadeh. She refused and currently is serving a 15-year prison sentence following a secretive trial by Branch 3 of Ahwaz Revolutionary Court. Her husband was tortured into confessing to being a British secret agent involved in terrorist attacks and executed later.

In fact, it is a common policy of Iranian authorities to accuse the Ahwazi men and women of being a national threat against the integrity of country as a last step to liquidate the Ahwazi man and women or less to deprive them of some basic and fundamental social and political rights. In the case of women: -They can be arrested,-Their licenses, properties and belongings can be confiscated-Their rights to finish their education can be taken away-They lose their jobs, and there is no more chances to work in the future. All of these taken over and they do not have control over their life.

According to the International Human Rights Law such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 6 of the international Convention on Civil and Political Rights, every Ahwazi has the right to choose its religion, has the rights to study in mother language, has the right to ask to stop the settlements of Persian, and has the right to ask for the self-determination to establish its independent state.

The General Comment No. 6 of the Commission on Human Rights also states that ‘’States parties should take specific and effective measures to prevent the disappearance and containing the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances detailed guidance on commitments to this issue’’.

So our Recommendation

Need Arab countries and the International community to put Iran under pressure to stop the execution, torture, and detainment against Ahwazi Arab people.

Free all political, human rights and cultural prisoners.

Provide protection for Ahwazi people and give Arabs chance to live freely in their native land.

Stop changing the way of Ahwazi rivers, such as Karoon, Jarahi, Karkha, and stop the damaging environment in Ahwaz.

Stop forced displacement against Ahwazi Arab people.

Stop the demographic change in Ahwaz

And also we recommend Arab countries to recognise Ahwaz as an Arab state that is occupied by Iran.

We recommend the International community and Arab countries and organizations to call us as a Ahwazi Arab nation rather than Arab community or Arab minority in Iran.

To conclude, we demand the free world, specifically the Arab countries to assume its responsibilities humanity and to stand by the side of Ahwazi people in its legitimate struggle for their freedom and maintain their dignity. We demand the Arab countries to support all Ahwazi Human rights and political organisations that work for their people and dignity.

Ahwazi Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights








Ahmad Shaheed speech 11 March 2013. http://www.shaheedoniran.org/english/dr-shaheeds-work/statements/3151-video-dr-shaheed-s-speech-at-the-22nd-session-of-the-un-human-rights-council.html
















Saeed Kamali Dehghan article in the Guardian 19 July 2012. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/iran-blog/2012/jul/19/iran-steps-up-crackdown-arab-minority

Human Rights Watch Report July 2012. news/2012/07/11/iran-prevent-execution-arab-activists












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