25 Oct 2016

25th October, 2016


The death of the Ahwazi child by the Iranian security forces

The Iranian security forces fired live bullets at a car of Ahwazi citizen Mr Abbas Hasan Mashal Al-Sari 41 years of age in the city of Ahwaz on Monday 24th October 2016, which led to the death of his daughter Raghad Abbas 3 years of age and his wife Mrs Zahor Abdul-Sada Al-Sari was wounded by security forces.

According to the sources from Al-Sari family, the Ahwazi child Raghad Abbas was shot on her heart by the Iranian security forces, the sourced also added that the Iranian security forces arrested Mr Abbas Hassan Al-Sari and took him to an unknown location.

The Ahwazi Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights condemn the Iranian ill-treatments against Ahwazi in general, and against the Al-Sari family in particular, in which led to the death of Raghad 3 years of age. The Ahwazi Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights calls the international community for the protection of Arab children in Ahwaz due to the Iranian ill-treatment policies.


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”.

Declaration of the Rights of the Child 1959 demands states to protect children. U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 is the most comprehensive document on the rights of children. ‘’ The CRC is primarily concerned with four aspects of children’s rights: participation by children in decisions affecting them; protection of children against discrimination and all forms of neglect and exploitation; prevention of harm to them; and provision of assistance to children for their basic needs (Children’s Rights: International Law).

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Article 25 (2) states that ‘’motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children whether born in or out of wedlock shall enjoy the same social protection.”

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