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.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Ahwazi Poet: Fate Still Unknow

On 8 April 2015, A 31 year old Ahwazi poet was arrested in connection with a 25 word Arabic poem form his perfume shop in Kut Abdullah town near Ahwaz city.

According to reports Ahmad Sabhan Al Hazbawi, from Qalat Chanaan village, was arrested after the video of the poem went viral on social media websites, showing the poet and jubilant crowd, mainly youth, on 27 March 2015, expressing support for Saudi-led Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

It is not allowed to be an Arab in Iran

Iran occupied the Arab emirate of Arabistan and its capital in 1925 through an Iranian-British plot, in which the emirate’s ruler, Sheikh Khazal bin Jaber Al Kaabi, was invited to a meeting on board a British yacht, where he was arrested and later transferred to a prison in Tehran, where he remained until his death in 1936.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Anti-Arab racism on the rise in Iran: Anti-Arab "Death to Arab" graffiti spray painted in the Iranian city of Karaj

"Death to Arab" graffiti in Karj city,
 20 km west of Tehran

Arabs are being repeatedly humiliated in the ugliest and nastiest possible terms and ways in the Iranian society, literature, media, and sport venues. They being commonly referred to in derogatory terms such as ‘lizard-eaters’ and ‘camel’s milk-drinkers’ and depicted as uncivilized barbarians and barefooted nomads by many ordinary Persians, poets and even by some so called “intellectuals and writers”.

In April 2015 a mob of Persian men and women in Karaj appeared in a video chatting “ Arab Gomsho Biroon” which means "Arab Get Lost" in Persian ,extremely rude. They called it protest against Saudi-led Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen [also an Arab country] as well as alleged mistreatment of two Iranian teenagers in Jeddeh airport.  Despite its massive presence police did nothing to stop the crowd from chanting these racist slogans.

Such anti-Arabism and derogatory language among Persians and Persian dominated media is widespread and tolerated if not encouraged but Iranian authorities. In May 1985 Arab protesters were suppressed and hundreds were detained by authorities for protesting against extremely insulting article in the state-owned newspaper Etelaat. Protests forced then president and current supreme leader to apologised  to Ahwazi Arabs.

An Iranian Provincial Chief Justice: Executions in Hamidiya city will be implemented publicly

Khuszetan’s  chief justice Farhad Afshar Nia said on Sunday, 10 May 2015, that terrorists’ trail will be held at the nearest possible time and their sentence [execution] will be implemented publicly.

The official was referring to a shooting incident On April 2, 2015, Iranian media reported that unknown assailants had attacked and killed three police officers, two of whom were themselves Arab, in Hamidiya, injuring two others. Several days later, on April 21, Iranian officials announced they had captured the suspects. It is not clear if the attack was politically motivated or had other reasons behind it.

It’s clear from this bizarre and contradictory statement that the authorities have already decided to execute some people before putting them on trial. 

He added “the unknown soldier of the hidden Imam [Iranian intelligence services agents] in cooperation with the provincial enforcement forces [police] have arrested the “terrorists elements” in less than 20 days with documents and evidence have been discovered and seized.

EAHRO like many Ahwazi activists believe that by this statement and by publicly executing Ahwazis, Iran seeks to punish and silence Ahwazi Arabs for their recent peaceful civil and cultural activities and to spread fear among Ahwazi Arab population in order to silent them.

Friday, 8 May 2015

The fate of two Ahwazi Arab bloggers remains unknown.

Ahwazi bloggers arrested

on 17 March 2015
The two Ahwazi bloggers, Shehab Mousawi and Majid Kaabi, were arrested at their homes by Iranian intelligence services agents hours after massive protests by Ahwazi Arab youths on 17 March 2015. The authorities have so far refused the reveal the bloggers’ fate or their whereabouts.

Iranian security force have since March 2015 arrested and detained many Ahwazi Arabs including at least four 14-16-year- old minors. Even teachers, poets and preachers have not survived persecution.

The arrests took place in Ahwaz, Mohammara (Khoramshahr), Hamidiya, Falahiya (Shadegan), Khafajiya (Sosangerd).