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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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Ahwaz palm trees at risk as the regime’s policies are heavily taking toll

26 Jul 2018

Ahwaz palm trees at risk as the regime's policies are heavily taking toll The crimes of the Islamic Republic of Iran against Ahwazis have no limit. Anything related to the life of these people is a subject of an attack and is at the mercy of regime’s sinister schemes. The aggressive actions are directed at people, places, animals, livelihoods, water and even the air. During the last 40 years, there was a rapid decrease in the number of palm trees in Ahwaz region, leading to the destruction of five million out of six million palm trees in the region. However, as a result of the government dest

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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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River diversions: A tool for ethnic cleansing against the Ahwazis

24 Jul 2018

At the moment, many people have become aware of the water crisis in Ahwazi land. For the new observers, it may seem like the shortage of water is a result of the drought and natural causes. However, studying the Iranian policy of building dams and changing the course of Ahwazi water from its basin to central parts of Iran illustrates the hidden ill-intention behind all these projects as the government calls them the ‘major construction projects of Iran.’ Ahwazi activists believe that the projects in question are part of the general the regime's policy aimed at triggering forced displacement

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Announcement

22 Jul 2018

Announcement  The Ahwazi Organization for the Defence of Human Rights in cooperation with the Arab Organization for Human Rights annonces that it will be organizing a training course on international human rights law from Friday 10 August to 16 August 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The topics of this course will be as follows: • Essential information in the field of international law • The multilateral international relations and international human rights law • Practical and applied training in monitoring, investigation, documentation and reporting. Those wishing to participate in this se

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The Report of the Ahwazi Organization for the Defence of Human Rights on the Activities of the Ahwazi Meeting held in Geneva on 2nd July 2018 that coincided with the UNHRC 38th session

14 Jul 2018

On 2 July 2018, the Ahwazi Organization for the Defence of Human Rights (AODHR) held a meeting at the United Nations Human Rights Council on the 38th Human Rights Session at Palais des Nations - Geneva, Switzerland. The AODHR organised the meeting in the presence of some international and Arabhuman rights organisations and experts, including Dr Anouar Malek, the writer, journalist and international observer for human rights, Dr Smail Khalafallah the lawyer and the secretary-general of Global Peace Without Borders, Ms Madeline Sharpe, the president of the Health and Environmental Program(HEP),

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The Speech of the Ahwazi Organization for the Defence of Human Rights at the Meeting held in Geneva on 2nd July 2018 that was coincided with the UNHRC 38th Sessi

13 Jul 2018

Ladies and gentlemen, Thank you very much for your participation in this meeting in the UN Human Rights Council to listen to a brief account of the situation of Ahwazi people in Iran. Initially, the people of Al-Ahwaz were independent and free until the mid-1920s when Reza Pahlavi, the leader of the Persian army and the Prime Minster of Iran, invaded their territory and ruled out the self-determination of Arabs. Reza Khan declared himself as the king of the Persia after the annexation of various ethnic regions such as Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, Baluchistan, Turkmen Sahara and Al-Ahwaz. This

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World’s conscience demanded to move to rescue Maeda al-Amuri

29 Oct 2017

Rights activists and watchdogs are appealing to the universal conscience to intervene to set the 15-year old detainee Maeda al-Amuri, free. She was arrested by the Iranian authorities and led to unknown destination in mysterious circumstances. Several watchdogs including the European Ahwazi Organization for Human Rights, whose deputy chair is Taha Yassin, Ahwaz Human Rights Organization (AHRO), chaired by Nasser Kazem, the Ahwazi Organization for the Defense of Human Rights, chaired by Fayez Rahim, International Observatory for Documentation and Prosecution of Iran Crimes, headed by Anwer Ma

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