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.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

The Moral Courage of an Ahwazi Arab Boy

It was not a normal school day for Ahwazi Arab schoolboy Abbas Haidari. Dressed in traditional Arab clothing, common throughout the Arabian Gulf, seven year old Abbas made his way to school in Ahwaz and stepped into a controversy that challenged endemic anti-Arab racism in Iran.

Wearing traditional Arabic clothing at school or in the office is effectively banned in Iran, a country where racial hatred of Arabs runs deep. For an Arab to "assimilate", even though they are indigenous to Ahwaz, he or she has to deny their traditions and heritage, although this is often insufficient to counter discrimination.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Update:  Four Ahwazi Arabs on death death row are being interrogated at intelligence services detention facilities where they are at imminent risk of extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary execution.

Ghazi Abbasi, 31, Abdolreza Amir Khanafareh, 26, Abdolamir Majdami, 33, and Jassem Moghaddam, 28, from Falahiye (Shadegan) were transferred at about 1300 local time today, 3 November 2013, to undisclosed location.

Ghazi Abbasi’s family has been kept in dark about his fate since 27 September 2013, after he was transferred from his cell to solitary confinement in Karoun Prison, seen by his family intend to implement his execution.

The four men sentenced to death at  Branch One of Ahwaz Revolutionary Court under Judge Ali Farhadvand on charges of “Moharebeh (enmity with God) and Corruption on earth through armed confrontation.”  The ruling was upheld on February 13, 2013 Judge Reza Farajollahi at Branch 32 of the Supreme Court. The prisoners were only informed of the Supreme Court’s decision on July 10, five months later.

In a letter to the international human rights community they refused all charges that said that they were tortured both physically and psychologically to confess to in an unfair trial that lasted only 2.5 hours and without being able to defend themselves.

EAHRo urges UN Special Rapporteur on human rights situation in Iran Dr.
Shaheed,  Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez and human right community  to call on Iran to halt the imminent execution of these five innocent young men.