Human Rights Review

16 Nov 2018

AHWAZ from August 2018 to the present time The Iranian authorities have severely suppressed the rights of freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, as well as freedom of religion and belief, and imprisoned dozens of people who have expressed their opposition to the policy of the Iranian regime. Iranian trials against Ahwazi were systematically unfair. Torture and other ill-treatment were widespread and committed with impunity. Discrimination, persecution and violence based on gender, political opinion, religious belief and race carried out by the Iranian regime. Dozens of peo

Ahwaz hit with mass arrests after military parade attack

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

Gross violation of the right to employment for Ahwazis

03 Oct 2018

Considering the deadly armed attack against the Iranian military parade in Ahwaz on 22 September 2018, one may raise a question about the cause of such attack upon the Iranian regime's power in Ahwaz region. [1] There is a maxim saying that one cannon rule people without observing neither justice nor equality among all peoples. Thus, discrimination and inequality can only fuel tension and frustration among the deprived people. The ruling power in Ahwaz is alien and extra-territorial, lacking support or any base among local resident of the region. They are strangers in terms of their ethnic ba

AODHR holds key event during the Human Rights Council’s 39th Session

27 Sep 2018

On 21st September 2018, the Ahwazi Organization for the Defence of Human Rights held an event at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in collaboration with the Arab Organization for Human Rights. The talks focused on the situation of human rights in Ahwaz, covering different aspects of the violations perpetrated against Ahwazi children, women and men. The meeting shed light on the deterioration on the environmental arena caused by discriminatory policies of the Iranian state in the region of Ahwaz. At the meeting, Mr Nabil Abdelhafiz, Representative of the Human Rights Ministry in Yemen, p

The rights of Ahwazi women and children raised at the Meeting held in Geneva on 21st September 2018 that was coincided with the UNHRC 39th Sessio

26 Sep 2018

Ladies and gentlemen, As I address you today, I would like to shed light on the violation perpetrated against the rights of Ahwazi women and children in Iran. Gender inequality in Iran in general, and in Ahwaz in particular, remains a serious problem, leaving women and girls in a poor standard of living and vulnerable to constant abuse and violation of their rights. The applicable laws in Iran do not provide them with the proper protection. Still, the Iranian state is reluctant to ratify the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women [1] and to recognise th

Protests are the Ahwazis’ last resort as grievances deepen

25 Sep 2018

Ahwaz is a land where war between Iran and Iraq took place and ended more than 30 years ago. However, the face of war-torn cities is still present especially in Mohammarah city where the right to development has been denied to local Arabs. This comes despite the fact that the area contains huge resources of oil, gas and water. People in Ahwaz are suffering from deprivation in all aspect of life. Yet the resources located beneath and above land are used discriminatorily to benefit mainly the central cities in Iran. The violations of the fundamental rights and freedoms in Ahwaz are so enormous

Poverty and deteriorated environmental situation force Ahwazis from their hometowns

20 Sep 2018

About 400,000 people from north of Ahwaz immigrated to northern cities of Iran over the past few years according to Mrs. Parvaneh Salahshor, a member of Iran’s Parliament. She explained that mismanagement is the cause of environmental problems in Ahwaz. They contribute to mass exodus of people. The current displacement from the Ahwazi land is expected to continue. It will lead to changing the demographic makeup of the area in a way that harms the Arab population. [1] The unhealthy water, dust and polluted air, excessive heat, unfavourable climatic conditions, unemployment, poverty and inflati

Arbitrary Arrests Are Seeing an Alarming Surge in Ahwaz

16 Sep 2018

Arbitrary arrests have been deemed illegal under Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, stating that ‘no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.’ In addition, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Iran is a signatory sets out in Article 9 the freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention. Therefore, Iran is under international obligation to respect the freedom and security of all peoples living under its jurisdiction including the Ahwazis. On 21 August 2018, Mr Shaker Hazbawi, son of Salem, who resides in Majd (Aria) distric

Protected: Ahwazi people face deterioration in all aspects of life

01 Sep 2018

The Ahwazi territory is located in the eastern coast of Arabian Gulf, starting from the eastern bank of Shatt Al-Arab in the north to Jaghin River in the south which is a natural border with Baluchistan territory. Spreading on an area of 210 thousand square kilometres, it is 20 times bigger than Lebanon. This land is separated from Iranian territory by the natural barriers of Zagros Mountains. However, Ahwaz is still officially part of the Iranian state. [1] Ahwaz is considered one of the wealthiest parts in the world in terms of natural resources including oil (85% of Iran’s oil wells are in

Extrajudicial killings: Iranian regime’s crime that always go unpunished

20 Aug 2018

According to human rights activists, Sajad Zergani, 22, was shot dead by the security force for not complying with police order to stop for search in Ahwaz city. He died after receiving a gunshot in his right leg on 16 August 2018. According to his family, Sajad dropped out of education before finishing high school. He had been working in Mashhad city for hotel industry and interpreting for clients from Arab countries who come to visit Iran. Sajad had been travelling from Mashhad to see his mother in Ahwaz every two or three months. He used to spend one week with his mother. As a young man,

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