23 Jan 2016
Three Ahwazi arrested by the Iranian intelligence services
The reliable sources from Testar city in Al-Ahwaz (Shoshtar) informed to the Ahwazi Defence for Human Rights Organisation that the Iranian intelligence services arrested three Ahwazi Arab men; Mr. Ebrahim Dohrab Al.Torfi, Mr. Saied Dohrab Al.Torfi, and Mr. Kazem Hassan Kabi in Shoebeyeh, Tustar (Shoshtar) on 21st July 2014 in the Sugar-cane company.
All these three men between 25-27 years of age were born in Goreyeh village in Shoebeyeh, Tustar. The detainees were working in the company of sugar cane in Shoeybeyeh. However, three of them were expelled from work without any stated reason. Therefore, the Iranian intelligence services arrested them when they went to the company to ask for the reasons of expelling.
The Ahwazi Defence for Human Rights organisation strongly condemned the arrest of these men; Mr. Ebrahim Al.Torfi, Mr. Saied Al.Torfi, and Mr. Kazem Kabi without any charge and any permission from the court, and also condemned the Iranian ill-treatment against Ahwazi Arab people. The Ahwazi Defence for Human Rights Organisation has also asked the international human rights organisation to put Iran under pressure to free these Arab men from the Iranian intelligence services detention.
Ahwaz is an Arab land that is located in the southwest and south of Iran. The name of Al Ahwaz has changed to Khuzestan, Bushier and Hurmozgan in 1936, after Iran occupied the country in 1925. Both Iranian regimes, the Pahlavi era and the Islamic republic era, used different ways to suppress Ahwazi voices.
The Iranian authorities follow the confiscation many lands belong to Ahwazi Arab citizens, and is following to make settlements for Persian settlers. And also established several companies that work with Sugar cane in Ahwazi region that confiscated by the Iranian authorities, and prevent Ahwazi to work on those companies. Therefore, this situation caused poverty, homelessness, and unemployment to be increased in Al.Ahwaz.