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.

Following Ahmad’s arrest, his wife was also arrested without prior notice and was subjected to psychosomatic torture. She was then released from intelligence detention in Ahwaz.

When arrested, the Ahwazi poet was thrown into the car after being dragged on the ground by the arresting security agents.

There is no information about his whereabouts in detention. His relatives have frequently asked authorities about their loved one's condition, but the officials have so far evaded any response.

He has now spent approximately 75 days somewhere in a prison cell while his relatives remain uninformed of their beloved's well-being.

The Ahwazi Arab activists criticize the silence of human rights organisations about ongoing Human Rights violations in Iran as Karim Dahimi, Human rights activist said Iran’s authorities have continued the systematic Human Rights violations in the region while Ahwazi Arabs activists have expressed dissatisfaction of the silence by the international community.

On the plight of the Ahwazi Arab minority in Iran, one human rights group has observed: “Since 1925, the people of Ahwaz have been subjected to summary executions, forced displacement, and destruction of homes and personal property. Due to the current sectarian fundamentalist regime in Iran, the Ahwazi Arab people live in constant fear of repression."

The plight of Mr. Hazbawi is only one of the latest cases involving the persecution of Ahwazi cultural activists in direct violation of Articles 18 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights--to which Iran is a signatory--as well as Article 24 of the Iranian Constitution.

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