Thursday, 12 February 2015

Protests break out in Ahwaz (Arab area of Iran) as deadly dust storms plague the area

Thousands of Ahwazis on the 10th 11th and 12th of February took part in massive organized rallies outside the governor’s building in the Ahwaz capital. The protests were an attempt to express the deep discontentment of the Ahwazi people with Iran’s occupying policies that intentionally target the environment and the water resources in Al-Ahwaz. The plans for stealing the water of the rivers and dehydrating the wetlands have resulted in severe damage and destruction of Ahwaz’s climate and the emergence of toxic dust storms.
dust 4The dust storms have been disturbing the lives of Ahwazi citizens and their persistence is triggering fatal respiratory disorders that more likely will develop into cancerous diseases.
Two weeks ago the dust storm caused thousands of Ahwazi citizens, especially the elderly and children, to enter hospitals and clinics after having suffered from suffocation and shortness of breath due to inhaling air containing a high quantity of dust particles.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Sunni Muslims living in fear in Iran as state-sponsored persecution ramps up

Last November [2014],16 Sunni converts from Iran's Ahwazi Arab minority were arrested during a Qur'an class in Ahwaz city, according to HRANA. The pro-Shia Iranian government has been alarmed by the rise of Sunni Islam among the Ahwazi Arabs in the traditionally Shia-majority Khuzestan province. At least 10 Sunni converts were arrested in July 2014, with three arrested after preaching Sunni beliefs and seven arrested after holding congregational Sunni Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan.
More than 20 Sunni converts were arrested last February at a Qur'an and Arabic language study meeting in Koye Alawi in Ahwaz city. Only a month ago, a further two Muslims from Iran's Ahwazi Arab minority, who had preached Sunni beliefs after converting from Shi'ism, were charged with 'causing corruption on earth', a charge which carries the death penalty.
The Iranian authorities claim the two Sunni preachers, Hossein Saboori and Sami Zebady Alboghobesh, were involved in burning down a Husseiniya (a Shia place of worship). The two men have strongly denied the accusation.
Source: International Business Time

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Al-Ahwaz's water crisis

The issue of drought and water diversion in Al-Ahwaz has not left the headlines in Iran with the media focus on the destruction of fertile lands and the shortage of drinking water for residents. The impact of dam construction on the livelihoods and welfare of Ahwazi Arabs forced the Energy Minister to visit Ahwaz for crisis talks with the provincial governor as public unease and opposition grows.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Dams: Iran's weapons of marsh destruction

The Garden of Eden is dying. Reputed to be two of Eden's four rivers, the Karoun and Karkheh have been reduced to a trickle as an environmental disaster is unfolds in the Ahwaz region of Iran. One of the Middle East's last verdant areas is being turned into a wasteland as Iran pursues its drive to power up its economy by building a massive complex of dams and divert waters to central Iran.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Pollution link to mysterious illness hitting thousands in Ahwaz

Thousands of citizens of the world's most polluted city, Ahwaz, have been admitted to hospital in recent days
with severe breathing difficulties that doctors are blaming on air pollution.

The head of Jondi Shapour medical school, Dr Sayed Mohammad Hassan Sarmast, suggested that smoke from local industries could be the reason for a mysterious illness which has seen at least 3,000 people admitted to hospital for treatment, with two transferred to intensive care. Many suspect air pollution has been made worse by recent heavy rain.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

“Stop the executions” – UN rights experts alarmed at the sharp increase in hangings in Iran

Juan Mendez, UN Photo, (c) Mark Garten; Ahmed Shaheed, UN Photo, (c) Evan Schneider; Cristof Heyns, UN Photo, (c) Paulo Filgueiras
Juan Mendez, UN Photo, (c) Mark Garten; Ahmed Shaheed, UN Photo, (c) Evan Schneider; Cristof Heyns, UN Photo, (c) Paulo Filgueiras
GENEVA (22 January 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, and on summary executions, Christof Heyns, today called on the Government of Iran to urgently halt the abrupt surge in hangings in the country since the start of 2014.
“We are dismayed at the continued application of the death penalty with alarming frequency by the authorities, despite repeated calls for Iran to establish a moratorium on executions,” the independent experts said, stressing “the inherently cruel, inhuman and degrading nature of the death penalty.”

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Joint Statement by 13 Human Rights Organisations On Secret Executions of Ahwazi Arabs

Secret executions of Ahwazi Arabs in Iran must be stopped

20 January 2014

Concern is growing over the fate of two Ahwazi Arab death row prisoners who were transferred from Karoun Prison to an undisclosed location on December 7, 2013. Confusion has grown with some official statements suggesting the two men - Hashem Shabani and Hadi Rashedi - were in the custody of the Ministry of Intelligence and others claiming they had already been executed.

Shabani and Rashedi, both residents of Rahmshir (Khalifiyeh), are teachers and founding members of Al-Hiwar, a cultural non-governmental organisation established in 2010. They were among five members of the group who were sentenced to death by Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court in Ahwaz. The others are Mohammad Ali Amoori, Jabar Alboshokeh and Mokhtar Alboshokeh. All were convicted of enmity with God, corruption on the earth, propaganda against the government and acting against national security. Five UN experts publicly condemned the death sentences and demanded that the executions be halted.

Sunday, 8 December 2013


Ghazi Abbasi and three other men, Abdul-Reza Amir-Khanafereh, Abdul-Amir Mojaddami and Jasim Moghaddam Payam, have been executed. All were members of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority.  

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Four Ahwazi Arabs Executed

After being taken from prison by the Ministry of Intelligence and tortured for months, four Ahwazi Arab men were hanged this week.

Four Ahwazi Arabs were hanged this week [4 December 2013] following weeks of confusion over their disappearance from prison.

The men - Abdulreza Amir Khanafereh (26), Ghazi Abbasi (31), Abdulamir Mojdami (33) and Jasem Moghadampanah (28) - were sentenced to death by judge Ali Farhadvand at Branch 1 of the Ahwaz Revolutionary Court last year. Three others were given life sentences. These sentences were confirmed Judge Reza Farajollahi at the Supreme Court on 13 February 2013.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Joint Letter from 25 NGOs in Support of UNGA Resolution on Human Rights in Iran

European Ahwazi Human Rights Organisation joins 24 other NGOs to urge governments to vote in favor of resolution A/C.3/68/L.57 on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, scheduled to take place this Tuesday, November 19, 2013.  


To: Member States of the UN General Assembly

Your Excellency:

We, the undersigned human rights and civil society organizations, write to urge your government to vote in favor of resolution A/C.3/68/L.57 on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, scheduled to take place this Tuesday, 19 November 2013.