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),

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

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

Iranian occupation intelligence detains 15-year-old Ahwazi girl

20 Oct 2017

Sources told the Ahwaz Organization for the Defense of Human Rights revealed that the Revolutionary Guards intelligence forces on Wednesday evening, 18 October, kidnapped a 15-year old Ahwazi girl. The sources explained that the IRGC intelligence kidnappped the girl, named Maeda Amouri, a student in the first grade in the secondary stage in front of her school in "Alslij" district in the city of Abadan south of Ahwazi capital city. The sources yet revealed Maeda was summoned by intelligence personnel on Tuesday. She was detained for four hours in bid to solicit confessions under duress. Acc

Iranian regime forces torture Ahwazi prisoners

07 Oct 2017

 Activists on social media sites circulated a video over the past few days featuring horrendous torture committed by Iranian regime forces against the Ahwazi political prisoners. The gruesome crime caused anger to spread among local residents in Ahwaz, who called on concerned watchdogs to intervene to halt such atrocities perpetrated by the Iranian forces against the defenseless people of Ahwaz. Sources told media office of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz that it is most likely the harrowing act of torture had taken place at the headquarters of Karun Operations headqua

Iranian regime racism: Ahwazi students have no schools to go to

03 Oct 2017

The head of the Ahwaz Organization for the Defense of Human Rights Fayez Rahim warned of the policy of deliberate negligence and discrimination practiced by the Iranian regime against Ahwazi children, which deprives them of their inherent right to education.  He called on all international organizations, especially UNESCO, to intervene to save Ahwaz children by granting them their right to education. He also lamented the deprivation of 9,000 students of their right to education in Gheizaniyeh district east of the capital city of Ahwaz.   As he made remarks to Al-Riyadh newspaper, he said tha

Violations against Ahwazis raised at UNGA meeting

20 Sep 2017

On the sidelines of the 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, a Symposium titled Violations of Rights of non-Persian ethnicities by the Iranian State ' has been held. The Tuesday event was organized by the Ahwazi Organization for the Defense of Human Rights and a number of other organizations from different countries including the International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Geneva International Center for Justice, the International Organization for Education and others. Several revered figures spoke at the event, including Port

Wave of exodus hits Falahiyeh Marshes in Al-Ahwaz region

16 Sep 2017

About 80 percent of Falahiyeh Marsh have been damaged, which prompted the local residents dwelling in the nearby villages to migrate, sources told the Ahwaz Organization for the Defence of Human Rights (AODHR). According to tallies, the marsh spreads on an area as equal as 527 thousand kilometers, 80 percent of which have been damaged. In this marsh, fish, birds and other aquatic organisms lived in the marsh. Also, half of the populations in Falahiyeh have long been dependent on the marsh to earn their living. Sources said the government's policies aimed to deliberately dry up the marsh pus

AODHR issues statement as 5 Ahwazi citizens ‘forcibly disappeared’

12 Sep 2017

    Ahwaz Organization for the Defence of Human Rights (AODHR) has condemned the arbitrate arrests made against five Ahwazi citizens in Howeyzeh and Mullathani cities. The arrests were made more than a month ago. It called for revealing the whereabouts of those detainees, whose fate is not known so far. In a statement,  AODHR rejected the practices of the Iran regime forces, calling on concerned international institutions to open an urgent probe into the abuses perpetrated against the Ahwazis. It also pressed that such arrests are made without any legal bases, let alone the ambig

Iranian regime forces arrest 12 Ahwazi Arab citizens

10 Sep 2017

  The Iranian regime forces have arrested 12 Ahwazi citizens in recent days in different parts of the occupied Arab region of Ahwaz, informed sources told Ahwaz Organization for the Defence of Human Rights (AODHR).   They added the arrests are still being made till now. And maybe there are dozens of citizens arrested in the heavy-handed crackdown.   According to the sources, these arrests have been made in the aftermath of the Ahwazis' staging of mass protests following Eid prayer.   Haider Abbas Zadeh, commander of the Iran regime forces in northern Ahwaz, told Iranian media outlets th

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