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surge of arrests against Ahwazi Arab cultural and religious activists

According to the news from Ahwazi activists received by Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) that Iranian Intelligence Forces in Ahwaz capital, arrested an Ahwazi cultural activist named as Ameer Silawi at his home in Kut-Abdullah around 10 pm on Wednesday the 5th of October 2016.

According to the source, Ameer Silawi 34 years old, married and has several children, due to his cultural activities was arrested several times previously but had been released on bail.

“Amer Silawi was highly active in the formation of human chains to protest against the Ahwazi Karoon River water’s diversions to Isfahan and other Iranian Cities as well as Ahwazi traditional game on the nights of holy Ramadan with a significant presence of Ahwazi Arab people that been held in different regions of Al-Ahwaz” source stated.

Ameer Silawi’s other activities is to gather Arab youths and encourage them to wearing Arabic dress in festivals and national and religion occasions.

Ameer Silawi has an Arabic clothing fabrics selling shop in Kut-Abdullah, where on different occasions such as Eid al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha he helped those who can not afford to buy clothes for Eid celebration due to severe poverty.

Its worth to mention that Ameer was not linked to any political group but fears and concerns that he faces with baseless accusations as Ameer Silawi’s relative stated that they are not informed about Ameer charges and whereabouts.

Arrest of Ahwazi poet from Falahieyh city

An Ahwazi Arab poet named as Aref Nawaseri from Falahieyeh city has been arrested by Iranian intelligence service on Tuesday the 4th of October 2015 after writing and expressing heroic and national Arabic poem in mourning of two executed Ahwazi Arab youth from Ghalat-Kanaan located in suburbs of Ahwazi capital.

Mr. Aref after returning from Ahwazi Capital to his home that is Falahieyh city was arrested. According to reliable source quoted to Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights that Mr. Nawaseri been released on Thursday the 6th of October 2016 and their families took him directly to hospital due to severe and barbaric torture exerted against him by the intelligence service agent.

The Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights strongly raising its concerns and fears about Mr. Nawaseri and other Ahwazi poets’ life where the Ahwazi poet named as Sattar Sayahi died on November 2012 after a short time duration of arrest. The death of Mr. Sayahi was suspicious as he been taken to doctor by intelligence agent and injected him that led to his death after short time of his release.

It should be noted that the intelligence forces already have arrested an Ahwazi poet named as Mr. Ahmad Sabhan Hazbawi in 9th April 2015 after he delivered a poem which he praised the “Storm Packets” and King Salman bin Abdul Aziz.

Arrest of an Ahwazi family with their children

Iranian security forces raided the house of the Ahwazi Arab named as Hial Karim al-Haidari and arrested him and his wife and four children that are Malek, Emad, Amin and Mohammed due to their Sunni belief and took them to unknown location on Thursday the 6th of October 2016.

The family arrest has taken place on 8 PM in Al-Ahwaz time where reliable source quoted that intelligence service has arrested other relative of the family in which the number of arrested people yesterday reached up to 12 persons.

The source added, that the intelligence service was taken family in the streets brutally and humiliated them in front of the eyes of Ahwazi citizens in Malashiya area, adding that a police intelligence spoke in the loudspeaker in the streets of Malashiya area, claiming: “No place to Yazid supporters that fought Hussain ibn Ali in the pro-state of our society of Velayat Faghih, “.

Al-Ahwaz region witnesses, a mass arbitrary arrests by the Iranian intelligence against the Arab majority in the month of Muharram, and in most cases Iranian Intelligence charging Ahwazi detainees with “Wahhabi”.

Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights

07-10-2016

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