Suicide is surging in Ahwaz amid rampant poverty

11 Aug 2018

The cause of poverty in Iran cannot be seen as only an economic issue. There is also a legal one since the distribution of income and opportunity is related to the legal system and the practice of the state in this regard. The discriminatory practice when it comes to sharing the country’s wealth among different ethnics in Iran aggravates poverty and causes widespread marginalisation particularly in Ahwaz. According to the contemporary international law, Iran is obligated to prevent the poverty gap among all citizens and to reduce the negative impacts of poverty on the population especially t

Ahwazi detainees face terror charges over burning ATMs

08 Aug 2018

Following the government discriminatory policy in Ahwaz, some cities have been witnessed ATMs being set on fire in protest against such policy by the Iranian regime. The video footages circulated on social media show the action carried out by one or two individuals. Haydar Abaszadeh, the police Commander of Ahwaz, announced the arrest of four individuals in connection with burning the ATMs in the city of Ahwaz, Kut Abdullah (Karun) and Meysan area. As usual, the security forces attribute the 16 arson incidents to terrorist groups and foreign organisations to supress any resistance against the

Iranian regime arrests Ahwazi activists, fabricates charges against them

06 Aug 2018

According to recent reports, on 14 July 2018, Ali Zaher Sari, an Ahwazi activist, is reportedly on hunger strike for the second time in protest against the uncertainty of his situation in Sheyban Prison (Vocational Complex) in Ahwaz. He was denied seeing with his family without convincing reasons from prison staffers. Ali Zaher Sari is a civil and cultural activist. He participated in organising Arabic poetry nights and took part in human chains in support of Karun River and to protest against diverting Karun water to central parts of Iran. He also was vocal against the demolishing of Ahwazi c

Iranian regime is pulling down cultural sites in Ahwaz

02 Aug 2018

Historical buildings in Ahwaz region are subject of neglect and sometimes destruction by the Iranian regime. Castles and palaces belong to the Arab ruling families and kingdoms in the past have either been ruined or completely demolished. These sites with social, cultural and political history form part of the conscience of Ahwazi people and their connection with their land. However, these sites are protected by law and recognised by the Iran Cultural Heritage, Handcraft and Tourism Organisation, no genuine protection was provided by the authorities. Irina Bokova, former Director-Gener

Ahwaz has one-fifth of Iran’s underprivileged population

31 Jul 2018

The term marginalisation is defined by the EFA Global Monitoring Report 2010: Reaching the marginalized, as ‘a form of acute and persistent disadvantage rooted in underlying social inequalities.’ [1] People who belong to certain ethnic group, poor section of the society, women and children, rural population and people living in informal settlements are often subject to marginalisation and exclusion from the enjoyment of rights in their society. The Governor of Ahwaz province stated that one of the most important reasons for the increase in the marginal population in Ahwaz region is the failur

Ahwazi children are caught between devil and deep blue sea amid deteriorating education

29 Jul 2018

Children are the main asset and future of nations that need to be prepared with necessary knowledge and be protected from any harm since they are fragile due to their age and dependency on adults. Children spend half of their time at schools and classes where the safety of the building should be well-equipped and maintained by the state as it is the main responsible body for this task. Children in Ahwaz region, however, study in a dangerous environment where the fear of classrooms’ collapse is so real that the Managing Director of Modernization, Development and Equipping of Schools in Ahwaz

Ahwaz palm trees at risk as the regime’s policies are heavily taking toll

26 Jul 2018

Ahwaz palm trees at risk as the regime's policies are heavily taking toll The crimes of the Islamic Republic of Iran against Ahwazis have no limit. Anything related to the life of these people is a subject of an attack and is at the mercy of regime’s sinister schemes. The aggressive actions are directed at people, places, animals, livelihoods, water and even the air. During the last 40 years, there was a rapid decrease in the number of palm trees in Ahwaz region, leading to the destruction of five million out of six million palm trees in the region. However, as a result of the government dest

Ahwazis’ health at stake as marshlands are running dry

25 Jul 2018

The right to clean air is a fundamental right for everyone. However, Ahwazi people are denied this right as they are exposed to the air pollution due to heavy contaminated industrial activities and burning of undesirable gas at drilling sites and oil refineries in the homeland of Ahwaz in South and South West of Iran. In addition, dust storm has contributed worsening the quality of air in the region. The dust storms are mainly caused by the government intervention in the water resources of Ahwazi rivers through changing the water courses to central parts of Iran and desiccating the Ahwazi ma

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


22 Jul 2018

Announcement  The Ahwazi Organization for the Defence of Human Rights in cooperation with the Arab Organization for Human Rights annonces that it will be organizing a training course on international human rights law from Friday 10 August to 16 August 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The topics of this course will be as follows: • Essential information in the field of international law • The multilateral international relations and international human rights law • Practical and applied training in monitoring, investigation, documentation and reporting. Those wishing to participate in this se

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