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

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

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

Building dams and diverting water from Ahwazi rivers to central provinces in Iran and the effects of these projects on the local Arab farmers

16 Jul 2018

Environmental activists in Ahwaz have been campaigning against the construction of dams and diverting water through the man-made tunnels to central part of Iran for agricultural and industrial uses for many years. In response, the authorities have attempted to conceal or deny the existence of such projects by restricting access to these sites and keeping Ahwazi people misinformed about their right to water for drinking, agricultural use and for the consumption of cattle. One of the consequences of preventing water from entering Ahwazi rivers, is the drying up of the main marshlands such as

The ‘Uprising of Thirst’ in Mohammarah and Abadan: the causes, facts and consequences

15 Jul 2018

The right to water and sanitation is so fundamental for human being that when a state denies access to clean water to people, in principle the concerned state violates several rights such as 1) the right to adequate standard of living enshrined in Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) [1] and Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). [2] 2) The right of everyone to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health under Article 12 of the ICESCR. 3) The right to life and human dignity under Article 6 an

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),

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

Ahwaz human rights conference underline need for global solidarity as protests spread in region following another fatal shooting

14 Feb 2017

Ahwaz human rights conference underline need for global solidarity as protests spread in region following another fatal shooting Speakers at a conference in Vienna last week sharply condemned Iranian occupation forces’ escalating brutal crackdown against the Ahwazi Arab population. The conference on Friday, entitled ‘Discussing the Iranian State’s Human Rights Violations in Ahwaz’, took place on Friday as protests again spread across Ahwaz following the shooting of another civilian in the city of Falahiyeh by Iranian forces. Amongst the speakers at the conference, hosted by the Ahwazi Orga

Discrimination against Ahwazi by Iranian Clinic Personnel

30 Dec 2016

Iranian Discrimination against Ahwazi Arab 30th December, 2016 Discrimination against Ahwazi by Iranian Clinic Personnel According to Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ”everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a

The Death Penalty against four men in Ahwaz

27 Nov 2016

27th November, 2016 URGENT ACTION The Death Penalty against four men in Ahwaz Four men were executed by the Iranian authorities in Qeshm (Jesm) island on 24th November 2016 in the charge of corruption on the earth and other unclear reasons. The reliable sources in the island informed to the Ahwazi Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights that the death penalty against the men was held in the public in Qeshm. The reliable sources also added that the families of the victims were tried to halt the capital punishment against the men. According to the sources from the island, the court was

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