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Ahwazi Arabs statement in Human Rights Council, 19th Session

Assassinations in the streets and arrest and murder under torture are the salient features of the Iranian authorities to deal with the Ahwazi Arabs in the South and Southwest of Iran.


Ahwaz (the South and Southwest of Iran).

13 March 2012

Ahwazi Arabs statement in Human Rights Council, 19th Session

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Submitted by: Ahwazi Centre for Human Right

SOURCE: Ahwazi Center for Human Rights

Mr. Chairman

Ladies and Gentlemen

Before I start my statement, let me in my name and on behalf of the people of Ahwaz in the South and South West of Iran, thank all the freedom strivers all over the world and especially those who are present at this and other similar meetings that have become distinct and influential platforms for voices of persecuted and oppressed people.

Ladies and Gentlemen

I have come here from among millions of people, who are not even allowed to name their children the names they like and are forbidden to speak or learn in their native language, a place which is rich in oil and gas and other natural sources, and yet unemployment rate, according to official figures is over 37%.

A place the  indigenous people call it  Al- Ahwaz and the Iranian governors and the settlers divided into three parts and call them “Khuzestan, Bushehr and Hermozkan” and others as they desire.

A place where people are suffering  from the ugliest racist policies of ethnic cleansing and systematic methods of obliterating the identity of Ahwazi Arabs who have lived in Al- Ahwaz for thousands of year.

Within this short consideration, I am not able to explain all the obvious violations of human rights which are practised against the people of Ahwaz, but due to the arbitrary arrests and mass executions and various crimes that have occurred in Ahwaz recently, I concentrate my review in this regard to give you a brief picture of what is happening now in Ahwaz due to the barbaric violence against defenseless people.

Assassinations in the streets and arrest and murder under torture are the salient features of the Iranian authorities to deal with the Ahwazi Arabs in the South and Southwest of Iran.

Continuous arrest of innocent people and suffering of old political prisoners is the mark of authorities in Iran and these are conducted in the worst forms against Ahwazi Arabs.

Some of the worst examples of this are the mass arrests recently carried out by the authorities randomly against the citizens of the city of Susa (Shush) and Hamidiya and Ahwaz, as well as against the citizens of Mohammara (Khorramshahr) and Abadan and the Khalafia (Khalfabad), which have so far reached more than 75 people during the past two months and terrorising Nasser Albushokh (20 years) who was killed under torture in a detention centre In the city of Ahwaz. Mohamed Kaab (36 years) was killed under torture in one of the detention centers in the city of Susa (Shush) plus two young men namely Ali Hamidi and Jaffar Asakereh who were on their bikes in the trajectory (the highway) between the city of Ahwaz and Mullahthani they were murdered and their bodies thrown under a bridge (eyewitnesses reported to us and sent video clips recorded from the accident). The most recent assassination carried out by security forces is the 15 years old teenager namely Hassan Thamer Heydari we explained in a previous brief his assassination.

The “Ahwazi Center for Human Rights” (ACFH) calls for an urgent intervention from the international community to put an end to the continued violations of human rights, including the continued detention of hundreds of political detainees in appalling conditions.

Sources told the “Ahwazi Centre For Human Rights”, they were subject to arrests and torture for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly. The international community’s selective reactions over the Iranian regime’s continuous crimes are leading the people of Ahwaz to take desperate measures and risk their own lives.

The most recent example (2nd of March 2012) of this is Mr. Thamer Majid Hayderi, the Ahwazi citizen who took up arms to defend his family and his children when security forces attacked his home without warning, and tried to arrest him and  his children and eventually the attacking forces killed his son(15 years old Hassan Hayderi), and seriously wounded the father and then arrested all those who were in the house and transmitted them with the body of the   murdered boy to unknown places.

The   Parents and family of many activists who have been detained since last April (Ahwazi rage day) have announced the continued suppression, including arbitrary detention, unfair trials, sentencing of innocent people for peacefully demanding their rights, and the continued policy of starving people through unfair dismissal from any chance of fair life and confiscation of basic rights.

There are concerns over the health of the activists who are in jail facing various types of torture , even those who suffer from disability, previously suffered a heart attack after enduring severe torture by the authorities within the prison an  example of this is Mr. Ghazi Haidari 35 years old, who was not able to receive the required medication on time for the illness he had in 2010, he was  therefore transferred to Razi Hospital in Ahwaz city several times and there are fears that  the condition of his health has deteriorated . Faleh Mansouri a citizen of the Netherland and Rasoul Mazraeh accepted as refugee to Norway plus Taher Mazraeh an accepted refugee in Sweden could be the eldest detainees, being over 65 years old; their families have raised concerns over their health as well. In addition, they still suffer from the effects of torture, as stated in the report of the Ahwazi Human Rights groups including the “Ahwazi Centre For Human Rights”. It’s not expected that medical care will be provided to them if needed at the prison, as was made evident in previous cases.

Many prisoners, including those held in notorious Caroon and Sapidar prisons and the Health center17 in the city of Ahwaz, are going through the same suffering  if not worse.  The families of the political prisoners have also complained of lack of adequate attention by the international organizations of the situation experienced by the Ahwazi prisoners in prisons and detention premises in various parts of the territory.

The Ahwazi Centre For Human Rights holds the international community responsible for the consequences of the lives of the activists and political prisoners who were arrested for the conduct of peaceful demonstration and assemblies.

The number of Ahwazi Arab activists who were arrested previously by Iranian authorities in Susa (Shoosh) and Ahwaz and Hamidiya city the southwest of Iran (January and February 2012) has reached 75 in total and most of them are known to be youths and elders. Among them were pregnant women and disabled protesters who were practising their basic human rights.

The Ahwazi Centre For Human Rights calls for immediate urgent action and makes the following demands:

– The immediate release of all political detainees who have been detained tortured and sentenced in unfair military trials for practicing their basic rights and protesting peacefully.

– An end to the continuing violation of human rights, including the violent suppression of peaceful protests, continued arbitrary detention, and unfair trials and sentencing.

– An end to the assassination of Ahwazi men and women under the pretext of the fight against God and other flimsy charges against  from the humane treatment towards prisoners and detainees.

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