Tuesday, 21 April 2015

War on Ahwazi Arab Poets: Iran arrests another Ahwazi poet

Iran on 15 April 2015 arrested Mohammed Nassar, a poet from Abbadan city, for participating in Younes Asakara funeral. Sources said he was arrested at his home by security services agents.  He was hooded and handcuffed and were taken to unknown location. His belongings were also seized by agents.

On 23 March 2015, following the self-immolation and death of Younes Asakrah, Arab street vendor and father of two, security forces arrested scores of Arab mourners who had came from different cities to pay their respect and show solidarity with his family. The day before the authorities had detained Younes’s father, brother and a tribal leader and forced them to sign a document pledging to mourn their son privately outside the city. But hundreds of angry mourners, including Mohammad Nassar, defiantly participated in the procession and the funeral turned to an angry protest against the racist and oppressive regime of Iran. 

Public Letter: 20 organisations call on United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate the ongoing harassment of the family of Younes Asakerah, an Ahwazi Arab man who died after an act of self-immolation


To: Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

CC: Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran; Rita Izsák, UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues

Your Excellency,

We request that your office investigate the ongoing harassment of the family of Younes Asakerah, an Ahwazi Arab man who died after an act of self-immolation in apparent protest against the confiscation of his produce stall.

According to sources close to the case, local authorities in the southwestern Iranian city of Khorramshahr [Mohammareh in Arabic] had repeated confiscated produce stall belong to Asakerah, a street vendor and father of two children. The last confiscation took place on 13 March as the municipality was reportedly clearing unlicensed stalls in preparation for state-organized tours to the city.

A 17-year-old Ahwazi Youth Football Match Spectator Appears Before Iranian Revolutionary Court and Remains in Prison

Sajjad Boudhar (Sajjad Bou’zar), 17-year-old, from Howaiza, 75km west of Ahwaz city,  was arrested on 17 March and transferred to Ahwaz Juvenile Correctional Centre (prison) . 

According to sources he appeared before revolutionary court branch in Ahwaz yesterday. Sajjad, who speaks “broken Farsi”, has had no access to lawyer and interpreter.  
                                                                                    
Sajjad Boudhar (Sajjad Bou’zar) and hundreds of other Ahwazi Arabs  were arrested by Irainain security forces On 17 March 2015 after football match between, a Saudi team Al Hilal and local Fould Ahwazi, turned into a massive protest after Arab youth in traditional Arabic dress (Dishdasha) displayed a banner in Arabic which read “We are all Younes”, and chanted against the authorities for neglecting Younes and his family. Security forces arrested more than 1,000 Ahwaz Arab protesters. A police spokesman later told the media that detainees were released after signing a pledge but declined to specify the contents of the pledges.

Ahwaz Sepidar Prison: Inmates Tortured and Stripped of Humanity - Unless They are Wealthy

Notorious Sepidar Prison, Ahwaz
The following report is by an inmate at Sepidar Prison, who was arrested following his involvement in a fatal car accident. He wrote this account during a week’s medical leave from the prison. “What I am recounting here”, he writes,“are my own personal observations, without exaggeration.”
There are two prisons in Ahwaz, the hot and humid capital of the oil-rich province of Khuzestan. If there are other prisons there, they must be secret ones. Karun is the bigger of the two, home to the infamous Cell Block 6, where political prisoners and ethnic Arab activists are held. Perhaps this is why international human rights organizations pay it more attention than its neighbor, just 400 meters away, Sepidar. Situated next to red-brick houses on the eastern outskirts of this muggy town, Sepidar Prison remains largely forgotten.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

شعراء عرب يطالبون بإخلاء سبيل الشاعر الاحوازي أحمد سبهان

يتابع شعراء الوطن العربي وبقلق شديد اعتقال الشاعر الاحوازي أحمد سبهان الحزباوي يوم الأربعاء الموافق 8 ابرايل 2015 من قبل النظام الايراني وجاء الاعتقال بسبب قصيدة القاها أمام حشد من ابناء الأحواز العرب والتي دعم فيها #عاصفة_الحزم حيث أننا نرى بأن  (مناصرته لنداء السلطة الشرعيه اليمنية، بتقديم الدعم والمساندة لتثبيت أركان ومؤسسات الجمهورية اليمنية من قبل أعضاء منظمة الأمم المتحدة ودول مجلس التعاون العربية) هو يندرج ضمن حقوق حرية رأي وتعبير ، ونحمل النظام الإيراني ومؤسساته الأمنية، المسئوليه كاملة عن سلامة الشاعر ، كما نحمل المسئولية الأمم المتحدة ومنظمات حقوق الإنسان بسبب هذا الصمت الدولي غير المبرر والذي يتعارض مع حماية الأدباء والمثقفين في العالم العربي ، وندعوا النظام الإيراني لإطلاق سراحه حالأ وعدم التعرض للأدباء والشعراء لهدف

A Joint Statement By 137 Poets And Writers on The Arrest of Ahwazi Poets Ahmad Sabhan Al Hazbawi

The poets of the Arab World monitor with deep concern the arrest of the Ahwazi poet Ahmad Sabhan [Al Hazbawi] by the Iranian authorities on April 15th 2015 for reciting a poem.

His arrest came after Sabhan recited a poem at a peaceful gathering held by Arab Ahwazis in support of Operation Decisive Storm and its mandate to restore order to Yemen and reinstate the country's legitimate presidency.
Sabhan's brave act falls within the universal human right of freedom of conscience and expression, and we hold the Iranian regime accountable for any harm inflicted on the poet Sabhan whilst in custody. We call for his unconditional release immediately.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Iran executes an Ahwazi arab Poet

Ahwazi Poet , Reyad Hamed Al Nasseri,
was executed on 15 April 2015 in
notorious Karoun Prison
According to the Arab Media and Ahwazi sources Iran yesterday executed a 38-year-old, father of three and Ahwazi poet, Reyad Hamed Al Nasseri (Reyad Nasseri) after eight year in detention. Sources said was executed on 15 April 2015 in Ahwaz Karoun notorious prison. He left behind his wife, two daughter and eighteen year old son named Mohammed. He was executed on 10 annivarsay of Ahwazi uprising in 2005. Some of his poems were sung by the popular Ahwazi signer Abbas Sahaqi.

Iran on Wednesday, 8 April 2015, arrested Ahmad Sabhan Al Hazbawi for a 25-word poem supporting the Operation Decisive Storm, a coalition of ten countries participating in the war against the Houthi movement in Yemen. He was arrested at his perfume shop in Kut Abdullah town near Ahwaz. 

British-Ahwazis commemorate the 15 April Ahwazi Intifada by Protesting at Iranian Embassy in London

Ahwazi men, women and children heeded a call by Daniel Brett today and protested at Iranian Embassy in London. They raised the Ahwazi flag and stood together to commemorate  the 15 April Ahwazi intifada (uprising ), to remember  the Ahwazi  freedom fighters who had scarified their lives to say no to tyranny and its ugly apartheid policies by Iran . They chanted freedom for Al-Ahwaz and Ahwazi in Iran’s prisons.



Iran’s crackdown against Ahwazi Arabs Continues Amid International Silence

Iran makes arrests five more Ahwazi Arabs.
Iranian security forces on Monday, 13 April, arrested at least further 26 Ahwazi Arabs mainly in Hay Al Thoura (Koi Alawi) Ahwaz city's district. According to family members masked security forces in black uniforms raided homes at about 4am, searched the properties and seized belongings including mobile phones and computers. 

Sources confirmed the following names:

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Iran: General Governor Office Appoints an Anti-Arab Hardliner as Mayor of Arab City

Khuzestan’s general governor office on Saturday, 11 April 2015, sacked the Arab mayor of Howeizeh, Abbas Neisim and replaced him with anti-Arab hardliner Emam-Gholi Zari-Maydani.

Local sources say the new appoint was racially and politically motivated  and Arab Mayor was punished after criticising, high unemployment among local Arabs in the city and the region and urged authorities to do more to tackle the problem by being fair and providing equal opportunities for locals.  Last month Mr. Neisi criticised the Managing Director of National Iranian South Oilfields, Bizhan Alipour for employing mainly non-local workers.

The Howeizeh region is rich in  and agricultural. It,s home to Zadegan, world’s third largest oil field and Kharkhah River. In the two decades Iran deprived local Ahwazi Arabs from their ancestral land by given it to mainly revolutionary Persians guards and Basij Militia force.
According to region’s parliamentarians the unemployment is 35 percent among its small 40,000 population.