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Rise of Ahwazi Arab youth’s arrest by Iranian regime intelligence

The Iranian occupation forces carried out a large-scale campaign of arrests in the different neighbourhoods and towns of Al-Ahwaz, on Monday the 11th of September 2017.

The reliable sources quoted to Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights (ACHR), that “The Iranian occupation forces stormed a number of houses in a raid in different parts of Al-Ahwaz that led to arrest of 39 Ahwazi Arab youth, on Monday the 11th of September 2017”.

The sources pointed out that the Iranian occupation forces charged the detainees with false accusation of acting against Iranian state security, and transferred them to an unknown place.

The Iranian police commander in Ahwaz capital, Major General Haider Abbas Zadeh, in a statement conveyed by the Iranian Interior Ministry website, confirmed that the police forces has arrested 39 Ahwazi young but he did not declare any more information regarding the detainees.

“And the police forces conduct random raids and arrests in cooperation with the police intelligence service to arrest other young as they are wanted”, as he said.

In similar context, the “Iranian national intelligence and security services” in Al-Ahwaz kidnapped an Ahwazi activist, named as Mr. Hussein Kaabi, at dawn on Thursday the 7th of September 2017.

A source told ACHR that “the intelligence forces stormed the home of Ahwazi activist Hussein Kaabi with age of 27 in the city of “Mullah Thani”, north of the Ahwaz capital, and arrested him and taken to an unknown destination.”

Source stated that Hussein’s arrest comes after his distribution of sweet with a number of young people to celebrate Eid al-Adha in his city.

Witnesses said that “security forces, backed by elements of the” Basij “militia, stormed the house of the detainee and beat him in front of the eyes of his family and handcuffed him and took him to an unknown destination.

According to a source close to the family of Hussein Kaabi, all attempts by the family to disclose the fate of their arrested son, failed, in light with the refusal of the security forces to tell his whereabouts.

Kaabi’s family, called upon Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to put pressure on Iranian authorities to reveal the fate of their kidnapped son.

The Kaabi’s family called on the Iranian authorities to reveal the fate of their son and allow them to see him, taking the Iranian security authorities full responsibility for their son’s life.

The family expressed concern over the fate of their son, believing that the Iranian security authorities prevention from giving him or giving any information about his whereabouts raises doubts about his fate.

The arrest campaign did not stop there where sources quoted to ACHR that the Iranian forces raided the house of Mohammed Bawi with age of “21 years” and Ali Bawi with age of 20-year-old in the district of “Gholestan” west of Al-Ahwaz capital, and taken by force to an unknown place, on Wednesday the 23rd of August 2017.

The relatives’ detainees have not yet been able to know the security authorities which arrested the two brothers and not on the destination they were transferred to.

The sources stated that the Iranian forces arrested two brothers due to their activity in the field of advocacy, amid the ambiguity surrounding their fate.

The sources warned of the mysterious fate of these abductees and their places of detention, which poses a great threat to their lives in light of the brutal torture of Ahwazis inside the detention centers of the occupation.

According to reliable sources discovered that, the Iranian intelligence forces kidnapped four Ahwazi young in the city of Hawizah and their fate is still unknown on Friday the 18th of August 2017.

The sources have identified the following names:

Sajad Silawi, Married, with age of 36,

Hamdi Silawi, married, with age of 40 and working as teacher,

Salahaldine Thabi, married, with age of 37,

Bashir Silawi, single, with age of 25.

There is no news about the detainees since their arrest up to written of this report.

in the same situation, the Iranian intelligence service has arrested two Ahwazi brothers in “Kut Abdulah” district on Thursday the 14th of September 2017.

Ahwazi detainees’ names as Mr. Majid Khanfari and his poet brother Mr. Hashem Khanfari against the background of their cultural activity, including poeticism and claims related to the lifting of oppression and oppression touching Ahwazi Arabs.

Also two other Ahwazi men been arrested simultaneously by Iranian intelligence service and taken to unknown destination on Sunday the 3rd of September 2017.

An Ahwazi detainees named as Ahmad Salawati with age of 38, from Baharestan district of Ahwaz capital and Abdullah Torfi with age of 38, from the same district in Ahwaz, while their house been raided in early hours of Sunday, has been arrested and took them to disclosed place.

In a different matter, the Iranian police officer has shut dead an Ahwazi young from “Al-Sadeh” district of Abadan city a few day ago.

Ahwazi victim named as “Shahin Alboma’ref” shut dead by police officer, while he was driving his motorcycle and while he was not aware of police warning to stop, officer has fired live bullet led to the death of Ahwazi young man.

The Iranian authorities did not punish the officer and despite of extensive refers by the victims’ family, no one from police department respond to the family.

In the interview with director of Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights, Mr. Faisal Maramazi said that “”The abduction, kidnapping and enforced disappearance of Ahwazi young is part of the policy perpetrated by the Iranian intelligence service department that is prohibited by the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 47/133 of 18 December 1992 “.

Mr. Maramazi emphasized that “Every year, dozens of Ahwazi political and cultural activists are subjected to arbitrary arrests and forced disappearances by Iranian intelligence service, and most of these detainees are convicted of acts they did not commit based on confessions obtained under torture.”

Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights

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