Intelligence services arresting Ahwazi activists en masse

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18 Aug 2018

The arbitrary arrests made by the intelligence services of the Iranian regime have become a commonplace. They are carried out against Ahwazi people, with the intention of damaging the mainstay of society. Also, they are used to intimidate and terrorise others for them not to participate in any activity or protest. The Iranian authorities fear the rising awareness among Ahwazis about their human rights. Also, they are terrified from independent cultural activities in Ahwaz including the modest campaign about identity and linguistic rights.

On 15 July 2018, Mr Reza Moramadi was arrested by the Iranian Intelligence personnel from his father’s house in Sarieh village in Khafajia city. The family of Mr Reza Moramadi has not been informed of his whereabout or the reason for his arrest. The Moramadi family approached security entities and the Revolutionary Court and asked about the fate of Reza Moramadi. But they have not received any information since his arrest.

This is a case of enforced disappearance of Ahwazi individual by the Iranian regime which violates various civil rights of the victim under International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights such as equality before the law; freedom from torture and other inhuman treatment as well as the right to life. [1] In addition, Mr Reza Moramadi is denied the right to an adequate standard of living under International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; [2] let alone the suffering of his family for not knowing about the fate of their son.

On 4 August 2018, Mr Hussain Dehnimi, 23 years-old from Abuetham village in Tustar city was arrested by the Intelligence personnel. The purpose of detaining Mr Dehnimi and other Ahwazi activists is to prevent the widespread demonstrations and to curb the participation of activists in protests against the deterioration of the human rights situation in Ahwaz. It is worth noting that the Iranian authority held the uncle of Hussain Dehnimi as a hostage in order to force Hussain Dehnimi to give himself up to the Intelligence.

On 6 August 2018, at 8 PM local time in Iran, Mr Abbas Majdi Ebidawi was arrested by an unknown entity from his motorcycle shop in Hamidia city in Ahwaz. Mr Ebidawi is an activist peacefully defending the rights of his fellow Ahwazi people.

On 9 August 2018, a 16-years old teenage boy Ayman Beit Sayah was arrested by the Intelligence personnel for carrying a slogan of Arabian Gulf in Ahwaz’s Ghadir Stadium where the match between Esteghlal FC and Persepolis FC was held on 9 August 2018.

On 11 August 2018, at 7 PM local time in Iran, a 25-years old Ahwazi poet Mr Hassan Haidari, who is married, was arrested by the Intelligence personnel from his house in Shekarah district in Koot Abdollah. Mr Haidari was active in compilation and telling the epic and national poems in the poetry nights and public events. Recently, Mr Haidari criticised clerics for ignoring poverty and shortages of water in Ahwaz which resulted in his detention. According to eyewitnesses, he was assaulted and beaten severely by the intelligence agents in front of his family prior to the arrest.

On 11 August 2018, a 23-years old Mr Fathel Kaabi from Tostar city was arrested by the Intelligence personnel without prior arrest warrant from the court. The family of the detainee has not received any information about his whereabout or regarding the accusations levelled at him.

On 15 August 2018, at 6 AM, a 26-years old Mr Majed Sawari son of Abdelghader from Sayed Khalaf district in Ahwaz was arrested by the Intelligence personnel. Mr Sawari is a civil engineering student and a social activist. He was participated in protests against diverting the water of Karun River to central part of Iran and demonstrated against environmental pollution in Ahwaz. The family of Mr Sawari has not been informed of the accusation he faces. He has not received a warrant arrest from the court at the time of his arrest.

On 15 August 2018, an Ahwazi poet Mr Bashir Sarkhi son of Ibrahim from Kantex District in Koot Abdollah was arrested by the Abulfazl Elabas Headquarter of the Revolutionary Guards in Ahwaz. He was led to an unknown destination. Mr Sarkhi was participating in poetry nights and telling epic and national poems. According to rights activists in Ahwaz, Mr Sarkhi was arrested for his chanting in a match between Esteghlal FC and Persepolis FC in Ahwaz’s Ghadir Stadium that was held on 9 August 2018.

References

[1] International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, GA Res 2200A (XXI), 16 December 1966.

[2] International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, GA Res 2200A (XXI), 16 December 1966.

By Abdulrahman Hetteh

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