Sunday, 21 February 2016

Ahwazi Arabs: The Forgotten Struggle for Stolen Rights and Cultural Identity

This report on recent human rights atrocities committed by the Iranian Government against the indigenous Arabs of the Al-Ahwaz region.

The report sheds light on poverty, environment, prisons and courts, racism and cultural oppression committed against Ahwazi Arabs.

I would like to dedicate this humble piece to the memory of my high school teacher, Hashem Shabani, Professor of the Arabic language and literature. On 27 January 2014, Shabani was wrongfully executed along with fellow Ahwazi Arab, Hadi Rashedi.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Disease rates peaking in Al-Ahwaz region as result of pollution

Exposures to environmental contamination continued to be a primary cause of health risk in Al-Ahwaz region also knows as Khuzestan in the south-west of Iran. Unclean water, bad sanitation and poor hygiene are the main causes of exposure, along with the continuing air pollution jeopardise the well-being of Ahwazis.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Another Ahwazi child critically injured by Iran war legacy

An 11-year-old Ahwazi Arab boy named Hamzeh Obeidawi was severely injured in the city of Ahwaz on Thursday (December 10) when a landmine carelessly dumped by Iranian troops outside a nearby regime military camp blew up while he was playing football with friends in a neighbouring playground.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Iran’s Ministry of Education issues textbooks with stereotypically derogatory depictions of Arabs

Iran’s Ministry of Education has distributed a new, deeply racist textbook for children in the Arab Ahwaz region depicting Arabs as savage, uncivilised idiots.

According to credible sources in Ahwaz, the latest textbook (cover shown at left) depicts various derogatory images of Arabs, with the cover showing an image of an Arab man on camel, wearing traditional dress in the desert, certainly intended as a racist caricature.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

This is what happens to Arab activists in Iran

The following article by an Ahwazi rights activist and campaigner has been published in The Telegraph: 

Raped, beaten and abused – just because of a desire for freedom

The author now suffers from
 permanent ill-health
The rush to a nuclear deal with Iran has left human rights issues sidelined. Few people in the West seem to care. They just want to ensure that Tehran does not develop a nuclear capability. This aim is understandable but it leaves Iran’s political prisoners, torture victims and persecuted ethnic minorities with little hope of any respite.

Tehran denies abusing human rights and seeks to deflect criticism by pointing the finger at abuses by Western countries. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has accused the US of oppressing the black community. Other leaders have boasted that, unlike the West, Iran has no racial discrimination. I know different; having been a victim of the regime’s anti-Arab racism.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Mysterious Death of an Ahwazi Political Prisoner

Mystery surrounds the "sudden death" of a 35-year-old Ahwazi Arab political prisoner, Mohammad Hammadi, son of Aoudah. 
Mysterious death of Ahwazi Arab
political prisoner

Mr. Hammadi, father of one, was detained in 2008 and spent two years in intelligence service facilities before being sentenced to 10 years in prison by a revolutionary court for "acting against national security".

He was recently transferred from Sepidar prison to Shayban prison.

The Iranian authorities from Shayban prison today, 27 November 2015, informed the family that his health had deteriorated and they could visit him in revolutionary guard's Mola Thani clinic. They later were told he died of stroke before arriving at the clinic. 

However, the family members, who had visited him last week, maintain that the their son was in "a very good health and high morale" and that they were passionately anticipating his release. 

Informed sources said that a family member who visited the morgue had told the family that their son's body bore some signs of bruising around his neck, back and legs which contradict the authorities account of "natural death" and suggest the authorities were accomplice and involved in his death. 

Ahwazi political and cultural activists including poets have always been subjected to Iran's brutality and physical elimination. In November 2014 Iran detained and poisoned the Arab poet Sattar Sayahi (Abu Soror) to prevent him from involvement in a variety of Arab cultural activities.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Human Rights Organisations letter to the Member States of the UN General Assembly

AI Index: MDE 13/2865/2015
To: Member States of the UN General Assembly
12 November 2015

Your Excellency:

We, the undersigned human rights and civil society organizations, urge your government to vote in favor of Resolution A/C.30/70/L.45 on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This vote will take place during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), scheduled for the Third Committee on Thursday, 19 November 2015.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Al Ahwaz will always be Arab

Khalaf Al Habtoor writes: Iran has discriminated against people of this region since their homeland's occupation and annexation by the Shah.

When citizens throughout the Mena (Middle East and North Africa) region are asking for political change, Iran's systematic oppression of an estimated eight million Ahwazi Arabs should not be allowed to continue unchallenged.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Iran – the land where some 700 souls were executed last year

The gallows stain Iran far more than the centrifuge. You can negotiate over a nuclear facility. You can’t reboot death. I’ve argued about this with an Iranian ambassador who is – or was – a friend of mine. How can Iran hang a woman when the world pleads for her life? Was it not for God to make decisions over life or death? There had to be temporal judgments, I was told. There had to be law. The laws of Islam, of course.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Iran executes hundreds in brutal crane hangings at mega-prison outside Tehran

At least 1,900 people have been executed in Iran since President Hassan Rouhani took office in June 2013, an NGO has warned.

Iran has one of the highest rates of executions in the world and Iran Human Rights (IHR) estimated at least 570 prisoners, 10 of whom were women, were hanged during the first half of 2015, with a rate of three executions per day. The figure has increased by 40% compared to the first half of 2014.