Environment

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Drought and fires are killing the Ahwazi marshlands

08 Sep 2018

The recent air pollution caused by the burning of Alazim Marshland has affected most of the cities and people in Ahwaz. Alazim Marshland has been catching fire for weeks due to the water shortage. It is caused by construction of dams on Karkheh River as the main source of the water for this vast area of wetland. As a result of high temperature in Ahwaz, the dried marshes are easily enflamed. Although, there are claims that the Iranian authority are behind these fires to put more pressure on Ahwazi people and to force them leave their land and migrate to other parts of Iran. There are videos c

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River diversions: A tool for ethnic cleansing against the Ahwazis

24 Jul 2018

At the moment, many people have become aware of the water crisis in Ahwazi land. For the new observers, it may seem like the shortage of water is a result of the drought and natural causes. However, studying the Iranian policy of building dams and changing the course of Ahwazi water from its basin to central parts of Iran illustrates the hidden ill-intention behind all these projects as the government calls them the ‘major construction projects of Iran.’ Ahwazi activists believe that the projects in question are part of the general the regime's policy aimed at triggering forced displacement

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Building dams and diverting water from Ahwazi rivers to central provinces in Iran and the effects of these projects on the local Arab farmers

16 Jul 2018

Environmental activists in Ahwaz have been campaigning against the construction of dams and diverting water through the man-made tunnels to central part of Iran for agricultural and industrial uses for many years. In response, the authorities have attempted to conceal or deny the existence of such projects by restricting access to these sites and keeping Ahwazi people misinformed about their right to water for drinking, agricultural use and for the consumption of cattle. One of the consequences of preventing water from entering Ahwazi rivers, is the drying up of the main marshlands such as

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The ‘Uprising of Thirst’ in Mohammarah and Abadan: the causes, facts and consequences

15 Jul 2018

The right to water and sanitation is so fundamental for human being that when a state denies access to clean water to people, in principle the concerned state violates several rights such as 1) the right to adequate standard of living enshrined in Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) [1] and Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). [2] 2) The right of everyone to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health under Article 12 of the ICESCR. 3) The right to life and human dignity under Article 6 an

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Alarming statistics of increasing cancer in Alahwaz linked to air pollution

23 Jan 2016

In the past, Ahwazi people were rarely hearing about cancer but cancer is now more common than flu among Ahwazi people. The air pollution in Ahwaz led to a sharp increase of leukemia, liver cancer, skin cancer and birth defects and panicked residents are fear for their health as it has come to light that the air Ahwazi people breathes is laced with carcinogenic substances and depleted uranium. Air pollution crisis in more than a decade in the region has caused cancer and chronic breathing disorders while the solution is still unclear as the environmental health problems are skyrocketing tha

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Deadly sewage threatens millions of Ahwaz Arab people

23 Jan 2016

Deadly sewage threatens millions of Ahwaz Arab people Deliberate neglect of public facilities particularly lack of common developed sewage system which is an epidemic regarding the underground waste and sewage infrastructure of Ahwazi’ urban and rural residential areas. These have caused living condition unbearable and harder than ever before for Ahwazi Arab population who are paying the ultimate cruel price and being woefully victimized due to the institutionalized discriminatory mechanism of exclusion policies of Iranian occupying regime who sounds had never been contented after carrying

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