14 Feb 2017

14th February, 2017


Violent Clash in Falahia: Shooting an Ahwazi man by the Security Forces

An Ahwazi man by name of Mr. Hassan Yasser Alboghbiesh, 26 years of age was killed by the Iranian security forces on 9th February 2017 through shooting on head and chest in Falahia (Shadegan) city in west Al-Ahwaz. The reliable sources in Falahia informed to the Ahwazi Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights that the man was killed by live shooting of the Iranian security forces in the public in the city. The reliable sources also added that two other men were also injured; Mr Sayed Ali Haidar Mosawi 31 years of age and Mr sayed Reza Haidar Mosawi 18 years of age.

According to the sources from the city, the Iranian security forces prevented the victim’s family from receiving the dead body of their son Mr Hassan Yasser Alboghbiesh and buried in Falahia city or any other city in Al-Ahwaz. The sources also informed that the Iranian Security Forces told the family that they would hand over the dead body and the condition that he be buried in the Iranian city of Qom, which is away from Falahia city of at least 800 kilometres.

Meanwhile, the clashes between Iranian security forces and protesters in the town of Falahia increased during the weekend after demonstrators took to the streets to protest following the apparently random fatal shooting of an unarmed young Ahwazi man, Hassan Alboghobiesh, on Friday 9th February.

The Ahwazi Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights condemns the Iranian ill-treatments against Ahwazi in general, and against people in Falahia in particular. The Ahwazi Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights calls the international community to increase the pressure against the Iranian authorities to hand over the body to the family of the victim and has also condemned Iran’s policy in the city through sending the large number of military forces to the city. The AODHR is describing the problems as ‘’a grave violation of international humanitarian law’’.


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.

Falahia (Shadegan) is an Ahwazi city in the west of Ahwaz, the capital city with population over 200,000 including rural areas.

A considerable number of Ahwazi in general and Falahia city in particular 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 detentions that belong to the Iranian intelligence services. In fact, the vast majority of Ahwazi struggle to end Iran’s colonialism in Ahwaz. However, Iran always accuse Ahwazi of making propaganda against the State, enmity of Gad, corruption on earth and dangerous for national security.

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”.

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 due to demolishing the Ahwazi houses.

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