Ahwaz hit with mass arrests after military parade attack

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08 Oct 2018

The extra-judicial arrest of Ahwazi activists by the Iranian security forces constitute a serious and systematic crime of harassing, intimidating and spreading fear among Ahwazi people. This practice cannon be justified under any circumstances, including the state of emergency. This is because the right to freedom and security of individuals is one of the most fundamental rights guaranteed under the international human rights law.

The state of Iran is not unique, nor excepted from respecting this right for its citizens. Currently, Ahwazi local residents are living under the jurisdiction of the Iranian state. The Iranian state, however, has signed and ratified international human rights treaties. Therefore, it is under the universal obligation and has duty towards international community to treat its people with respect and dignity. Also, the regime must take measures to ensure the international human rights standards are fully implemented in its domestic law and regulations.

Having said that, the security forces have embarked on harassing religious, cultural, political and environmental activists every so often. The government forces randomly arrest these activists and other civilians on various occasions such as the anniversary of the Ahwazi uprising on 15th April and 20th April every year, which is correspondent to Ahwazi occupation day, as well as other ceremonies like the Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

And now since the armed attack on Iranian army parade in Ahwaz on 22 September 2018, [1] the Iranian Intelligence services affiliated with the army, the Revolutionary Guard and the security forces are madly spreading fear among innocent civilians by arresting rights activists using excessive force and shooting randomly even when there is no resistance to their arrests.

Although the Iranian Intelligence Ministry announced on 24 September 2018 that 22 people have been detained on charges of partaking in Ahwaz parade attack, [2] the detentions are continuing, according to Ahwazi human rights reports. On September 26, the Ahwazi Organization for the Defence of Human Rights reported that at least 300 people -mainly those Ahwazi activists with record of detention or imprisonment- were arrested and transferred to the Intelligence detention centres. [3] The main arrests have taken place in the city of Khafajia, Mohammarah, Abadan, Hamidia and Tustar as well as the numbers of districts in the capital city of Ahwaz such as Kut Abdallah, Kut Sayed Saleh, Alawi (Althora), Mallashia, Kheshayar (Aziziya) and Mandali district.

The Iranian Ministry of Intelligence has not revealed the names of the accused detainees. However, under the high level of the Iranian security alert, the identity of some of the arrested individuals was reported to Ahwazi NGOs. The names of the detainees, without limitation, are as follows:

  1. 1- Hatam Sawari from Alawi (Althora) district in Ahwaz City was arrested by Abulfazl Elabas Headquarter part of the Revolutionary Guard’s intelligence service on 22 September 2018 after the parade attack.

  2. 2- Adnan Sawari from Alawi (Althora) district in Ahwaz City was arrested by Abulfazl Elabas Headquarter part of the Revolutionary Guard’s intelligence service on 22 September 2018 after the parade attack.

  3. 3- Houssain Heydari from Alawi (Althora) district in Ahwaz City was arrested by Abulfazl Elabas Headquarter part of the Revolutionary Guard’s intelligence service on 22 September 2018 after the parade attack.

  4. 4- Ahman Bawi from Goldasht (Zehiria) district in Ahwaz city was arrested by Abulfazl Elabas Headquarter part of the Revolutionary Guard’s intelligence on 22 September 2018 after the Parade attack.

  5. 5- Abdulrahman Khasraji, 32, from Kut Sayed Naeem district in Ahwaz city was arrested by Ahwaz Intelligence service after the parade attack.

  6. 6- Mahdi Saedi, 27-year-old from Hamidia city was arrested by Ahwaz Intelligence service after the parade attack.

  7. 7- Jawad Badawi, 26, from Mallashia district in Ahwaz city was arrested by Ahwaz Intelligence service after the parade attack.

  8. 8- Sayed Jasem Rahmani (Mosawi), 33-year-old from Alawi (Althora) district in Ahwaz city was arrested by the Ahwaz Intelligence service on 24 September 2018. Mr Mosawi is married and has 3 children.

  9. 9- Jamil Haydari, 33, from Lashkar district in Ahwaz city was arrested by Abulfazl Elabas Headquarter part of the Revolutionary Guard’s intelligence service on 25 September 2018.

  10. 10- Majed Haydari, 25, from Lashkar district in Ahwaz city was arrested by Abulfazl Elabas Headquarter part of the Revolutionary Guard’s intelligence service on 25 September 2018.

  11. 11- Ahmad Hemri, 29, from Mandali district in Ahwaz city was arrested by Ahwaz Intelligence service after the parade attack. Mr Hemri is an educated, unemployed and married.

  12. 12- Ali Sawari, 23, son of Chaseb from Kheshayar (Azizia) district in Ahwaz city was arrested by the Ahwaz Intelligence service on 25 September 2018.

  13. 13- Majed Cheldawi, 34-year-old from Alawi (Althora) district in Ahwaz city was arrested by the Ahwaz Intelligence service on 27 September 2018. Mr Majed was first arrested in 2000 when he was only 16 years old and had suffered trauma after his brother Mohammad Cheldawi was killed under the torture in the Intelligence detention centre for his political and activities on internet in 2000.

  14. 14- Sayed Hammod Rahmani (Mosawi) from Alawi (Althora) district in Ahwaz city was arrested by the Ahwaz Intelligence service on 27 September 2018.

  15. 15- Zamel Heydari including his family from Alawi (Althora) district.

  16. 16- Zehiri, with occupation as a barber from Ahwaz town in Ahwaz.

  17. 17- Mahdi Kuti from Ahwaz district in Ahwaz.

  18. 18- Ali Kuti from Hamidia city.

  19. 19- Sattar Kuti from Hamidia city.

  20. 20- Ali Mansori from Hamidia city.

  21. 21- Mohammad Momen Timas, 55-year-old from Shekara district in Ahwaz.

  22. 22- Ahmad Timas, 28 from Shekara district in Ahwaz.

  23. 23- Osama Timas, 26-year-old from Shekara district in Ahwaz.

  24. 24- Adel Afrawi from Hamidia city was arrested by the Intelligence personnel.

Also, the following people from Malashia district and Albaji village were arrested by the security forces on 6 October 2018:

  1. 25- Khaled Silawi

  2. 26- Maher Masoudi

  3. 27- Jawad Hashemi

  4. 28- Yousuf Khasraji

  5. 29- Ali Albaji

  6. 30- Reyadh Zohair

  7. 31- Abdallah Silawi

  8. 32- Mohammad Masoudi

  9. 33- Mokhtar Masoudi

Ahwazi Organization for the Defence of Human Rights

References

[1] BBC, ‘Iran military parade attacked by gunmen in Ahvaz’ (22 September 2018) <https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-45611411> accessed 26 September 2018.

[2] Iranian Student’ News Agency, ‘Identifying a team house and the arrest of 22 terrorists associated with Ahwaz incident’ (24 September 2018) <https://www.isna.ir/news/97070201416/شناساییخانهتیمیودستگیری۲۲تروریستمرتبطباحادثهاهواز> accessed 26 September 2018.

[3] AODHR, ‘Lives of Ahwazi activists are at stake as regime seeks revenge after parade attack’ (26 September 2018) <http://aodhr.org/en/lives-of-ahwazi-activists-are-at-stake-as-regime-seeks-revenge-after-parade-attack-2/#.W7YC_mhKjIW> accessed 4 October 2018.

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