17 Jul 2016
Iran must stop killing Ahwazi Arabs
Four Ahwazi Arab from different cities in Al-Ahwaz were killed by the Iranian security guard, and a massive number have detained and are keeping in solitary confinement according to the reliable sources inside Al-Ahwaz.
On 6th July 2016 on the first day of Eid Al-Fetr, the Ahwazi Arabs from Al-Noemeye (Nakhal-Taghi) city in south Al-Ahwaz in Asaluya region have protested against the Iranian policies in the region, in which caused unemployment, demographic change, segregation, ghetto, pollution and other violations. Therefore, one protester was killed by the Iranian security guard and around 8 people were injured.
According to the reliable sources from the region, Mr Khalil Bagheri, the Arab man from Al- Noemeye was killed, 8 people were injured, and dozens were arrested. The reliable sources also added that one of the people, Mr Mohammad Waled Jassem Al-Shojayi, who was injured in the protest, was died on Saturday 16th July 2016 at the hospital due to severe injured.
The Iranian security guard also killed another Ahwazi Arab man in the port of Khamir in South Al-Ahwaz. Mr Mir Abdullah was shot by the Iranian security guard on Saturday 16th July. In addition, some sources inside Al-Ahwaz informed to the Ahwazi Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights that one Ahwazi Arab man was killed in Abusheher (Boshehr) few days ago. However, the sources did not up-to-date the details of the victim. Nevertheless, the number of Ahwazi Arab who was killed by the Iranian security guard reached four people. At the same time, the Iranian authorities declared a state of emergency in Asaluya region.
The Iranian authorities are continuing of violation of human rights towards Ahwazi Arab people. The reliable sources from Al-Ahwaz have confirmed to the Ahwazi Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights that another Ahwazi Arab man was killed in Susa city. Mr Hesam Shanan was injured by the Iranian security guard, and then he died at the hospital.
The Ahwazi Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights condemns the Iranian authorities’ policies against Ahwazi Arab people in general, and against Ahwazi in Asaluya and Susa in particular. The organisation also has urged the International
Organisations in general and Dr Ahmad Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur of Human Rights for Iran in particular to put Iran under pressure to stop its ill-treatments against Ahwazi and free all the detainees who were arrested on 6th July 2016.
The Ahwazi Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights has also demand Dr Shaheed and other international organisations to put Iran under pressure to investigate the case of the death against five Ahwazi who were killed by the Iranian security guard.
Ahwaz is an Arab land that located in the South- West and South Iran. The name of Al-Ahwaz has changed to Khuzestan, Bushehr and Hormozgan in 1935 after invading the land in 1925. The Iranian both regimes such as Pahlavi era and Islamic republic era used different ways to suppress Ahwazi voices.
A considerable number of Ahwazi have been arrested by the Iranian authorities due to their activities. Therefore, many of the activists were died under torture, and many were sent to the death penalty or long life imprisonment.
The strategy of the Iranian authorities toward Ahwazi Arab people has an impact on Ahwazi Arabs. For instance, the demographic of Al-Ahwaz has changed due to bringing settlers to Al-Ahwaz; the vast majority of Ahwazi are unemployed, poor and homelessness.
The Iranian authorities also deprived Ahwazi of reaching their right to life, although Article 6 of the ICCPR states that ”every human being has the irrefutable right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life”.
Mr Mohammad Waled Jassem Al-Shojayi Mr Khalil Bagheri