Thursday, 11 August 2016

Rights Groups Urge Iranian Authorities to Stop Executing Kurdish Prisoners

Iranian authorities must immediately put a halt to the execution of Kurdish political and faith prisoners, X human rights organizations stated. These organizations also urged an immediate moratorium on the death penalty and a right to due process and a fair and public retrial for all prisoners sentenced to death.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Young Ahwazi Arab Worker From Falahiya Set Himself On Fire After Denied Salary For Six Months

Ismaiel Shawardi (Khanafrah), 30, married, from Falahiya, and a worker at Shadegan municipality set himself on fire on 27 May 2016 after being denied salary for six continuous months.

Ismaiel Shawardi, 30
The sole breadwinner was under enormous financial pressure and could not provide for his family. He and other workers went on strike over late payments but to no avail as officials refused to meet them. He can be seen in the picture below holding a banner which reads:

"We, the municipality workers, demand
our delayed four months salaries”

 Suicide among Ahwazi Arabs, especially young male, has dramatically increased in the last recent years. Families and activists believe severe socioeconomic deprivation and systematic racial discrimination against Ahwazi Arabs particularly in employment are the main factors:

Ismaeil Shawardi at protest
 on 17 Feb. 2016
Younes Asakereh, 34, an Ahwazi Arab street vendor from Mohammara (Khoramshahr) set himself on fire on March 13, 2015, to protest municipal authorities’ removal and destruction of his fruit stand. His death triggered massive protests thorough the province.  Omid Rashdi Amir, 36, from Khalafiya (Ramshir) died on 23 September 2015 after setting himself ablaze inside the trade union building after being sacked

Mahdi Mojaddam, 32, from Chahar Sad Dastgah, Ahwaz, died on 16 April 2011 of self-immolation outside the governor-general office, he passed two days later.


Hassan Salemi, from Ahwaz, married with one child killed end his life because of unemployment and poverty.

Teenager from Maashour,
 cut his wrist next to his late father’s
 grave because of extreme
 poverty and deprivation.

4 October 2015, a teenager from Maashour, cut his wrist next to his late father’s grave because of extreme poverty and deprivation.

Hamid Sharifi from Ain2, Ahwaz, hanged himself on 10 September 2014 because have had no source of income.

Mortada Haydari, 17, killed himself on 4 May 2015 because of poverty and unemployment.

Mahdi Afrawi, vendor at Naderi street, died on 1 May after throwing herself in front of train to protest his stall's confiscation by the authorities as he and his family had no other source of income

Two Ahwazi Arab Poets Arrested: One of Them Beaten and Humiliated Before His Family

Iranian intelligence services on or around 25 May 2016 raided the home and arrested an Ahwazi Arab poet Shaker Bawi, son of Eswadi and father-of-three from Kut Abdullah.


Shaker Bawi:
Beaten and Humiliated Before His Family
According to informed sourced he was humiliated and beaten in front of his wife and children while being arrested. His home was searched and some of his belongings were seized by the security agents. No arrested and search warrant were shown during the raid.
 
Another poet Ali Matroudi, son of Hashem, from Falahiya (Shadegan) was also arrested earlier this month (May 2016) at the revolutionary court and transferred to Sheyban prison in Ahwaz city after the authorities summoned him and threatened to confiscate his home in Falahiya if he failed to attend the court.
Ali Matroudi:
Tried and Sentenced in Absentia

 
He was first arrested in December 2013, hours after taking part and reading a poem on Arab identity at funeral service of a prominent Ahwazi poet “Mola Fadhel Al Sakrani. He was detained for about twenty day at undisclosed intelligence services centre before being released on bail.  After his release, he went to work in Yazd.
 
According to informed sources who saw the documents,  he was tried, convicted and sentenced to one year in prison in absentia by a local revolutionary court.

See also:

Iran's crackdown on Ahwazi Arab Poets:

http://euahwazi.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/iran-punishes-ahwazi-family-for-their.html

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Iran Intensifies Crackdown on Sunni Ahwazi Arab Activists

Plain-clothes agents from Iran’s intelligence services have on 6 May 2016 arrested a Sunni Ahwazi Arab activist, Sadeq Aal Khamis, aged 37 and father-of-two. 
Sadeq Aal Khamis: Arrested on 6 May 2016

According to informed sources his friend and fellow Sunni activist was also abducted by the authorities in the same day from his front door at about 5 pm on 6 March 2016 without even allowing him to change out of his pyjamas or take his eyeglasses.

 Two hours later, at around 7pm another group of armed men arrived at his home and confiscated his belongings including his computer, two mobile phones, books, pamphlets and IDs. They did not produce search warrant and declined to reveal his whereabouts.

Almost three months on, the revolutionary court and the intelligence services including Setade Khabari have refused to acknowledge his arrest or to reveal his fate.

Earlier this week the following Sunnis were also been arrested:

1. Saeed Beit Sayyah
2. Jaafar Obaidawi
3. Aqeel Koroshat
4. Rasheed Zabi

Iran has in recent years intensified its crackdown on Sunni Ahwazis by accusing and charging them, inter alia, with spreading propaganda against the system by promoting Wahhabism, questioning the official religion of the country, producing and distributing deviant books...



Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Iran: Two Volunteers and Activists Arrested By the Intelligence Services


An Ahwazi social activist Redha Kaabi, son of Hanash, have been arrested on 18 May 2016 by the intelligence services agents. He voluntarily handed himself in to the intelligence services a day after they raided his home and took his father and brother. The Arab social and cultural rights activist was critical of the local member of parliament and wrote some articles against the poverty and unemployment in the region.

Ahwazi Arab Activists: 
Ali Jalali (left) and Redha Kaabi (right)
Two days later, on 20 May 2016, fellow activist, Ali Jalali, 45-year-old father-of-two, from Koei Danyal, Shooshtar city, was also arrested.

Both men were transferred to unknown location and their fate remains unknown.

They were in recent weeks voluntarily helping and collecting donations for people affected by the recent catastrophic flood, which many Ahwazis, including famers, believe the government was complicit and it had deliberately flooded the region in order to drive the Ahwazi Arab inhabitants out of their lands.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Forced Disappearance: Iranian Authorities Abducted an Ahwazi Sunni Activist and Refuse to Reveal His Fate


The plainclothes intelligences services agents in a private car have abducted Mr. Baqer Gholami (AKA Naami) a 36-year-old father-of-two and Ahwazi Sunni activist from his front door at about 5 pm on 6 March 2016 without even allowing him to change out of his pyjamas or take his eyeglasses.
Forcibly Disappeared:
Name: Baqer Gholami (Al Naami)
Age: 36
Status: Married with two children
Location: Unknown since 6 March 2016
Crime: Sunni Muslim
 

Two hours later, at around 7pm another group of armed men arrived at his home and confiscated his belongings including his computer, two mobile phones, books, pamphlets and IDs. They did not produce search warrant and declined to reveal his whereabouts.

Almost three months on, the revolutionary court and the intelligence services including Setade Khabari have refused to acknowledge his arrest or to reveal his fate.

He had previously been arrested and imprisoned several times for his solely religious activists, including organizing private group prayers, reading the Qoran and Islamic jurisprudence. He served at least 19 months in prison:

Arrested on 17 Feb 2011, and was detained for one month.  He was again arrested on 26 July 2012 along with 19 other activist and was sentenced by Judge Syed Mohammed Mousavi at Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Courts in Ahwaz to thirteen months in prison. He was also arrested 17 December 2013 spent five months in prison.

Authorities in Iran forcibly disappeared and detained incommunicado individuals. Mr. Gholami's family say he is at serious risk of torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment.

Enforced disappearances are defined under international law as the arrest or detention of a person by state officials or their agents followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty, or to reveal the person’s fate or whereabouts. Enforced disappearances violate a range of fundamental human rights protected under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which  Iran is a party, including prohibitions against arbitrary arrest and detention; torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment; and extrajudicial execution.

Iran has in recent years intensified its crackdown on Sunni Ahwazis by accusing and charging them, inter alia, with spreading propaganda against the system by promoting Wahhabism, questioning the official religion of the country, producing and distributing deviant books...
 
 
 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Iranian Intelligence Services Used the Detained Environmental Activist's Facebook to Deny Her Arrest and Detention

The Iranian intelligence services on 18 May 2016 used the detained Ahwazi environmental and cultural activist Ms.  Zakia Neysi’s facebook account to deny her detention.

cultural activist Ms.  Zakia Neysi’s
 facebook account to
 deny her detention.

Her family say since her arrest two days ago they been not able to contact her and the authorities have, so far, declined to provide any information about her.

The family also believe that her facebook has been used by the intelligence services in order to put pressure and harass the family and denied that she herself had posted on her page. Her father was also summoned by the intelligence services but refused to comply with their request to appear in front of the camera to deny his daughter’s arrest.

Iran have always forced Ahwazi detainees to give television interviews.

The intelligences services post on her facebook reads:



“I am Zakiys Neysi and am in full health. I was called in by the “Setade Kabari” (intelligence services office) on 17 may 2016  for an interview on environmental activities and how to pursue them in accordance with the Islamic Republic’s laws. I did the interview with full respect and it lasted for one hour after which I returned home in full health.
I reject the published news by the anti-Iranian and inimical media about my arrest and the seizure of my belongings by the ministry of Intelligence of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Unfortunately, this news are spread by the anti-Islamic revolution ideals persons through my anti-revolution, murderer and hypocrite brother, known as Yaqub Hor and these are total lies.

My activities are merely environmental and are in accordance with the Islamic republic’s laws and the I.R. constitution guarantees this right of mine.”

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Iran Arrests An Ahwazi Arab Environmental Activist


Iran Arrests An Ahwazi
Arab Environmental Activist
EHARO has received confirmed information from reliable sources that the Iranian intelligence services have on Tuesday (17 May 2016) arrested Ms.  Zakiya Neysi, 26, an agricultural engineer and environmental activist.

 Sources said plain clothes security agents, who did not present any arrest warrant, raided and searched the house and seized Ms. Neysi’s personal belongings including computer, hard drive, books and mobile phone. They also threatened and insult her relatives. Unconfirmed reports said she’s at the intelligences services centre in Amaniya, Ahwaz.

Like many other Ahwazi Ms. Neysi, , was campaigning against Iran’s  disastrous and wide-spread environmental destruction such as excessive damming to reduce water flow, diverting rivers to central Iran,  destroying ecosystems, drying out of rivers and wetlands.

 

Friday, 13 May 2016

Iran: The Brave Schoolboy Who Filmed His Classmate Being Tortured By Teacher Should Be Rewarded Not Harassed

After a video showing a teacher savagely beating an Ahwazi Arab schoolboy gone viral the Education Department allowed the violent teacher back to the classroom.

Teacher, Ghodrat Karami, Torturing
 the Schoolboy
However, Mojtaba Dinarvandi, the head of the Education Department in Shoush city, told ISNA news agency “ Having a Mobile Phone is transgression and the necessary action against the student [who filmed the incident] has been taken”.

Ahwazi rights activists warn today that the boy, who filmed this, is already facing harassment and might be expelled from the school.

Dinarvand,told ISNA news agency that “As result of “of one the students’ naughtiness, one of our colleagues in the classroom becomes angry, loses his control and physically punishes the schoolboy.”

The head of the education department added that the teacher were summoned and necessary warning were given.  This teacher’s file have been completed and referred to the province’s misconduct commission.
The video has emerged showing, a violent non-Arab teacher, pictured right side below, savagely beating an Arab schoolboy on his head, neck and face in a classroom at Shariati school in the city of Shoosh. Many Ahwazi Arabs believe teacher's barbaric action was racially motivated.

Ahwazi sources identified the teacher as GHOLAM KARAMI and described
him as very violent and responsible for many similar incident.

In the video the teacher can be heard shouting“ I will make a real human, bring your hands down you stupid” while the child crying and screaming and asking “what I have done?” (cha ana shem sewi) in colloquial Ahwazi Arabic.


 


Authorities Allowed the Violent Teacher Back to Classroom After Savagely Beat an Ahwazi Arab Schoolboy


After a video showing a teacher savagely beating an Ahwazi Arab schoolboy gone viral  Education Department allowed the violent teacher back to the classroom.,.

The head of Shoush city education department, Mojtabta Dinarvand, told ISNA news agency that “As result of “of one the students’ naughtiness, one of our colleagues in the classroom becomes angry, loses his control and physically punishes the schoolboy.”

The head of education department added that the teacher were summoned and necessary warning were given.  This teacher’s file have been completed and referred to the province’s misconduct commission.
The video has emerged showing, a violent non-Arab teacher, pictured right side below, savagely beating an Arab schoolboy on his head, neck and face in a classroom at Shariati school in the city of Shoosh. Many Ahwazi Arabs believe teacher's barbaric action was racially motivated.

Ahwazi sources identified the teacher as GHOLAM KARAMI and described
him as very violent and responsible for many similar incident.

In the video the teacher can be heard shouting“ I will make a real human, bring your hands down you stupid” while the child crying and screaming and asking “what I have done?” (cha ana shem sewi) in colloquial Ahwazi Arabic.

Iran ratified its commitment to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1994
but it has done little, if any, to fulfil its international obligation to protect the children’s rights:
Teacher’s barbaric, inhuman and degrading action and Iranian state silence and lack of action constitutes a flagrant violations of the child human rights as stated in CRC including the following
articles:

Article 19

1. States Parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child.