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).

UN rights experts call on Iran to end death penalty

Special Rapporteur on the Situation of
Human Rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed
8 May 2015 – Two United Nations human rights experts have condemned the sharp increase in executions across Iran in recent weeks, urging the Government in Tehran to heed the Organization's appeal for an immediate halt on the use of the death penalty.
“When the Iranian government refuses to even acknowledge the full extent of executions which have occurred, it shows a callous disregard for both human dignity and international human rights law,” Ahmed Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, stressed in a press release issued earlier today.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Iran Punishes An Ahwazi Family for Their Father's Poetry

Ahwazi Poet Ali Badawi:
Punished for his poetry
May 2015: Iranian authorities sacked an Ahwazi Arab, Ali Ayed Al Bedwi (Ali Badawi), the sole breadwinner of a large family, merely for his poetry and cultural activities. Te was working at Ahwaz city municipality office before being arrested for the second time in 20 April 2015 and detained for three days for speaking out against the arrest of his fellow Ahwazi poet Ahmad Sabhan Al Hazbwi by the Iranian authorities.

Ali Al Bedwadi was previously detained on 6 April 2007 for the same cultural activities.

Iran's war on Ahwazi poets:

Iranian Intelligence services in April 2015  prevented the first women's peotry seminar in Al-ahwaz despite obtaining prior permission from Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance at least two months ago. The first seminar of its kind  “In the Footstep of Al Khansa” was due take place on Thursdays 30 April 2015 by the organiser Al-Hilal Cultural Society.