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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Despite of Int’l warning land confiscations continues in Al-Ahwaz

The Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) has received Governmental document that leaked from the Ministry of Agriculture during the reign of Shah's regime that clearly shows how the Iranian monopolistic companies with the help of the judiciary system confiscated Ahwazi Arab farmers’ land in “Cham Sekhil” (“Kian Pars” Iranian name) village in order to change the Al-Ahwaz Arab demographic.

The document speaks about appeal committee’s vote to resolve disputes in Khuzestan (part of Al-Ahwaz) that it was formed on the 3rd of November 1964 after receiving Ahwazi farmers’ complaint.

“After a complaint made by a number of residents of the “Cham Sekhil” (“Kian Pars” Iranian name) village, who claimed they were “Kian Pars” farmers, and filed a complaint against the “Kian Pars” company, which took over their agricultural lands and prevented them from farming, where the complaint was reviewed by the Khuzestan (part of Al-Ahwaz) Department of Agrarian Reform, in accordance with letter No. 17547 issued on the 28th of October 1964 that their complaints were unjustified, However, the participants protested against the decision, and eventually, the subject under study by a committee of appeal” the document revealed.

In similar context and according to the news and photo received by ACHR shows that hundreds of Ahwazi Arab farmers living in the Jufir area near to Huwyzeh city has been gathered to express their disgust and protest against the confiscation project of their agricultural lands by the subsidiaries of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards branch named as “Khatamolanbiya” to transfer to the Persian settlers, on Friday the 11th of March 2016.

In the framework of this racist project that its implementation’s order was adopted in 1996, was decided that a total of 44 thousand hectares of Jufir area near to Huwyzeh city to be given to three thousand and 200 Persian settlers of so called “war veterans” where farmers of the region are begging the local authorities to appeal to their complaints against the Revolutionary Guards companies involved in these issues.

Alongside the mentioned land confiscation project there are other project like “Khameniei” project that confiscate 550 thousand hectares of Ahwazi Arab land.  The “Khameniei” project is one of the hundreds project that aims to change the demography and geography in Al-Ahwaz that was handed over to the army regime.

The Iranian government confiscate Ahwazi Arab land with other excuses such as “Sugar cane” project that includes hundreds of hectares and as follows:

Amir Kabir sugarcane project:  15000 hectares

Da’bel Khazaei sugarcane project: 15000 hectares

Khomeini sugarcane project: 16000 hectares

Mirza kochak Khan sugarcane project: 15000 hectares

Salman Farsi sugarcane project: 15000 hectares

Farabi sugarcane project: 15000 hectares

Dehkhoda sugarcane project: 15000 hectares

Haft Tapeh sugarcane project: 24000 hectares

While the Ahwazi Arab formers land’s confiscations continue, the Iranian authorities speeding up Ahwazi homes demolition in various part of Al-Ahwaz such as Mash’ali, Al-za’faranyeh, Khobeyneh, Sayahi and Kot Abdullah district in Ahwaz capital. Ahwazi poor people that laboriously built and in one incident an Ahwazi youth named as Morteza Soeidi has been killed in 2013.

The Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights strongly condemns the Ahwazi Arab land confiscation by the Iranian revolutionary guards and judiciary system and according to the document believes that the “Cham Sekhil” lands belong to Ahwazi farmers as well as calls on all United Nations relevant to land rights organizations to put pressure on the Iranian authorities to stop the land confiscation scheme and arbitrary actions for confiscating 44 thousands hectares in Jufir area and 550 thousands as the “Khameniei” project  that all seeking to change the demographic Al-Ahwaz.

Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights

14-03-2016

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Ahwazi child death due to Iranian municipality negligence

According to reliable source from Al-Ahwaz quoting that an Ahwazi Arab child that have only

16 months from the age, died on Tuesday the 22nd of November 2016, after being sank in an opened wastewater (seweage) in one of the Ma’shour city’s area in Al-Ahwaz.

The source added that Ahwazi child named as Faez Hardan (Lafteh por) son of Nasser that has only 16 months from age, his body was pulled lifeless from the centre of the open sewage while the district is lived by majority poor Arab with many children playing in the street.

The Ahwazi people has gathered after the tragic death of the child in front of a victim’s home until late and chanted against the mayor and officials of Ma'ashour for lack of safety and not providing safe environment for children and leave the sewer door openly that is threatening Ahwazi child with death.

In another context related to Ahwazi children, Raghad Sari son of Abbas with age of three, while she was with her parent that are Mr. Abbas sari with age of 41 and Mrs Zohur sari, died in “Ayatolah Karami” hospital instantly after Iranian security forces opened fire on the vehicle of her parents' car on Monday evening the 24th of October 2016.

Ahwazi children also suffering from lack of educational need where according to the state-pro media, Ardeshir Shojaee the deputy director of Elementary Education stated that 30 thousands and 100 of Ahwazi apprentice could not enter preschool stage due to Iranian state carelessness and negligence in assigning appropriate financial investment.

Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights

13-12-2016

Can Iran Change? By ADEL BIN AHMED AL-JUBEIR

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — THE world is watching Iran for signs of change, hoping it will evolve from a rogue revolutionary state into a respectable member of the international community. But Iran, rather than confronting the isolation it has created for itself, opts to obscure its dangerous sectarian and expansionist policies, as well as its support for terrorism, by leveling unsubstantiated charges against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

It is important to understand why Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies are committed to resisting Iranian expansion and responding forcefully to Iran’s acts of aggression.

 

Superficially, Iran may appear to have changed. We acknowledge Iran’s initial actions regarding the agreement to suspend its program to develop a nuclear weapon. Certainly, we know that a large segment of the Iranian population wants greater openness internally and better relations with neighboring countries and the world. But the government does not.

 

The Iranian government’s behavior has been consistent since the 1979 revolution. The constitution that Iran adopted states the objective of exporting the revolution. As a consequence, Iran has supported violent extremist groups, including Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthis in Yemen and sectarian militias in Iraq. Iran or its proxies have been blamed for terrorist attacks around the world, including the bombings of the United States Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983 and the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in 1996, and the assassinations in the Mykonos restaurant in Berlin in 1992. And by some estimates Iranian-backed forces have killed over 1,100 American troops in Iraq since 2003.

 

Iran uses attacks on diplomatic sites as an instrument of its foreign policy. The 1979 takeover of the American Embassy in Tehran was only the beginning. Since then, embassies of Britain, Denmark, Kuwait, France, Russia and Saudi Arabia have been attacked in Iran or abroad by Iranian proxies. Foreign diplomats and domestic political opponents have been assassinated around the world.

 

Hezbollah, Iran’s surrogate, tries to control Lebanon and wages war against the Syrian opposition — and in the process helps the Islamic State flourish. It is clear why Iran wants Bashar al-Assad of Syria to remain in power: In its 2014 report on terrorism, the State Department wrote that Iran views Syria “as a crucial causeway to its weapons supply route to Hezbollah.” The report also noted, citing United Nations data, that Iran provided arms, financing and training “to support the Assad regime’s brutal crackdown that has resulted in the deaths of at least 191,000 people.” The same report for 2012 noted that there was “a marked resurgence of Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism,” with Iranian and Hezbollah’s terrorist activity “reaching a tempo unseen since the 1990s.”

 

In Yemen, Iran’s support for the takeover of the country by the Houthi militia helped cause the war that has killed thousands.

 

While Iran claims its top foreign policy priority is friendship, its behavior shows the opposite is true. Iran is the single-most-belligerent-actor in the region, and its actions display both a commitment to regional hegemony and a deeply held view that conciliatory gestures signal weakness either on Iran’s part or on the part of its adversaries.

 

In that vein, Iran tested a ballistic missile on Oct. 10, just months after reaching an agreement on its nuclear program, in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions. In December, an Iranian military ship fired a missile near American and French vessels in international waters. Even since signing the nuclear accord, the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has defended the country’s ubiquitous slogan “Death to America.”

 

Saudi Arabia will not allow Iran to undermine our security or the security of our allies. We will push back against attempts to do so.

 

In an outlandish lie, Iran maligns and offends all Saudis by saying that my nation, home of the two holy mosques, brainwashes people to spread extremism. We are not the country designated a state sponsor of terrorism; Iran is. We are not the nation under international sanctions for supporting terrorism; Iran is. We are not the nation whose officials are on terrorism lists; Iran is. We don’t have an agent sentenced to jail for 25 years by a New York federal court for plotting to assassinate an ambassador in Washington in 2011; Iran does.

 

Saudi Arabia has been a victim of terrorism, often at the hands of Iran’s allies. Our country is on the front line of fighting terrorism, working closely with our allies. Saudi Arabia has arrested thousands of terrorism suspects and prosecuted hundreds. Our fight against terrorism is continuing as we lead multinational efforts to pursue those who participate in terrorist activities, those who fund them and those who foment the mind-set that promotes extremism.

 

The real question is whether Iran wants to live by the rules of the international system, or remain a revolutionary state committed to expansion and to defiance of international law. In the end, we want an Iran that works to solve problems in a way that allows people to live in peace. But that will require major changes in Iran’s policy and behavior. We have yet to see that.

 

Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir is the foreign minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Despite of Int’l warning land confiscations continues in Al-Ahwaz


The Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) has received Governmental document that leaked from the Ministry of Agriculture during the reign of Shah's regime that clearly shows how the Iranian monopolistic companies with the help of the judiciary system confiscated Ahwazi Arab farmers’ land in “Cham Sekhil” (“Kian Pars” Iranian name) village in order to change the Al-Ahwaz Arab demographic.

The document speaks about appeal committee’s vote to resolve disputes in Khuzestan (part of Al-Ahwaz) that it was formed on the 3rd of November 1964 after receiving Ahwazi farmers’ complaint.

“After a complaint made by a number of residents of the “Cham Sekhil” (“Kian Pars” Iranian name) village, who claimed they were “Kian Pars” farmers, and filed a complaint against the “Kian Pars” company, which took over their agricultural lands and prevented them from farming, where the complaint was reviewed by the Khuzestan (part of Al-Ahwaz) Department of Agrarian Reform, in accordance with letter No. 17547 issued on the 28th of October 1964 that their complaints were unjustified, However, the participants protested against the decision, and eventually, the subject under study by a committee of appeal” the document revealed.

In similar context and according to the news and photo received by ACHR shows that hundreds of Ahwazi Arab farmers living in the Jufir area near to Huwyzeh city has been gathered to express their disgust and protest against the confiscation project of their agricultural lands by the subsidiaries of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards branch named as “Khatamolanbiya” to transfer to the Persian settlers, on Friday the 11th of March 2016.

In the framework of this racist project that its implementation’s order was adopted in 1996, was decided that a total of 44 thousand hectares of Jufir area near to Huwyzeh city to be given to three thousand and 200 Persian settlers of so called “war veterans” where farmers of the region are begging the local authorities to appeal to their complaints against the Revolutionary Guards companies involved in these issues.

Alongside the mentioned land confiscation project there are other project like “Khameniei” project that confiscate 550 thousand hectares of Ahwazi Arab land.  The “Khameniei” project is one of the hundreds project that aims to change the demography and geography in Al-Ahwaz that was handed over to the army regime.

The Iranian government confiscate Ahwazi Arab land with other excuses such as “Sugar cane” project that includes hundreds of hectares and as follows:

Amir Kabir sugarcane project:  15000 hectares

Da’bel Khazaei sugarcane project: 15000 hectares

Khomeini sugarcane project: 16000 hectares

Mirza kochak Khan sugarcane project: 15000 hectares

Salman Farsi sugarcane project: 15000 hectares

Farabi sugarcane project: 15000 hectares

Dehkhoda sugarcane project: 15000 hectares

Haft Tapeh sugarcane project: 24000 hectares

While the Ahwazi Arab formers land’s confiscations continue, the Iranian authorities speeding up Ahwazi homes demolition in various part of Al-Ahwaz such as Mash’ali, Al-za’faranyeh, Khobeyneh, Sayahi and Kot Abdullah district in Ahwaz capital. Ahwazi poor people that laboriously built and in one incident an Ahwazi youth named as Morteza Soeidi has been killed in 2013.

The Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights strongly condemns the Ahwazi Arab land confiscation by the Iranian revolutionary guards and judiciary system and according to the document believes that the “Cham Sekhil” lands belong to Ahwazi farmers as well as calls on all United Nations relevant to land rights organizations to put pressure on the Iranian authorities to stop the land confiscation scheme and arbitrary actions for confiscating 44 thousands hectares in Jufir area and 550 thousands as the “Khameniei” project  that all seeking to change the demographic Al-Ahwaz.

Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights

14-03-2016

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Arrests and 15 death sentences threaten Ahwazi Arab citizens’ life

After passing nearly two months from the arrest of dozens of Ahwazi Arab activists in several cities such as Susa city, Iranian judiciary has published 8 names that have been accused with “ enemy with god “ and “against national security” that are facing imminent risk of executions.

All the detainees that their names have been published were arrested during the raid by Iranian intelligence services to the “Beit Alaw” and “Khalaf Moslem” villages of the Susa city on 21-22 October 2015 and the names as follows:

1) Majed Abdulahi (Kaabi) son of Daham and 21 years old,

2) Jassem Abdulahi (Kaabi) son of Abid and 28 years old,

3) Majid Abdulahi (Kaabi) son of Mashaf and 24 years old,

4) Mohammad Abdulahi (Kaabi) son of Halil and 32 years old,

5) Issa Abdulahi (Kaabi) son of Nasser and 28 years old,

6) Hassun Abdulahi (Kaabi) son of Habib and 29 years old,

7) Mohsen Kaabi son of Ali,

8) Hossain Abdulahi (Kaabi), 22 years old.

There was a shooting to gathered people for Moharram event (first 10 days of Moharram) by unknown person(s) earlier of November this year, and Iranian intelligence service accused all detainees of doing such crime.
One of the detainees’ relative stated that Iranian intelligence service office contacted the prisoners’ families and informed them about their son’s sentences that it spread concerns among families where issuing such verdicts without prior notice shows lacked of transparency and integrity of the Iranian judiciary.

According to human right activist within Al-Ahwaz that confirmed to Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights (ACHR), detainees were denied from basic rights of detentions, such as a phone call to their families or even a lawyer.

Meanwhile, the Iranian Intelligence has raided the Ghalea Kanaan district in the suburb of Ahwaz capital on 05-December 2015 and terrorized children as well as women and arrested several Ahwazi Arab youth that their names as follows:

1) Lafteh Hazbawi son of Latif,

2) Ali Hazbawi son of Latif,

3) Aziz Hazbawi son of Jarralah,

4) Mohammad Barihi son of Hassan,

5) Jabbar Ghalaawi,

6) Mohammad Ghalaawi,

7) Emad Zergani,

8) Yousef Bawi,

9) Amir Amouri,

10) Fares Amouri,

11) Jamal Amouri.

The arrest take place during funeral ceremony of an Ahwazi Arab man and according to the tradition, number of Ahwazi young people fired several bursts toward the sky which it led to police and Basij forces for interventions to arrest one of the youths, where most of the people participating in mourning clashed with police forces that led to calling reservist from intelligence service for those forces who got stuck between the crowd.

According to trusted sources quoted to ACHR that Iranian intelligence service has arrested an Ahwazi young named as Khaled Samad Alboghebeish on 23 of November 2015.

Mr Khaled resident of Falahiyeh city 33 years old, single and working as motorbike repair, received a letter from intelligence department to present himself without indicating the reason for appearance which he was arrested after his arrival to the intelligence service.

Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights condemns the mass arbitrary arrests and collective verdicts issuance against Ahwazi Arab civilians, where these provisions are issued when the detainees were in the secret cells of the Iranian intelligence department and under physical and psychological torture, and calls upon all human rights organizations and defenders especially United Nations special rapporteur for Iran Mr Ahmad Shaheed to stop Iranian human rights violations against Ahwazi Arabs in particular and non-Persian nations in general.

Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights

11-12-2015

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Boosting for building dams vs. preventing Ahwazi farmers from forming

According to trusted source within Al-Ahwaz stated that Khuzestan Water and Power Authority Company has issued strict warning to all formers in Khalafyeh (Ramshir) city from forming a few days ago. 
Boosting for building dams vs. preventing Ahwazi farmers from formingThis notice comes to all farmers who are farming on both sides of Jarrahi River and preparing themselves for the actual planting season for the autumn and winter, which includes wheat and barley.
According to document received by Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) on 01-MAY 2015, the same company prevent the Ahwazi farmers who are farming near to Karkheh River and basin.
The authorities also justified the decision for lack of water behind the Karkheh dam and the needs of people for drinking water but they do not mentioned their vicious plans for building mass dams on Ahwazi rivers were lead to this disastrous situation.
The construction of dams rapidly and random, led to widespread drought in the Ahwazi rivers, where Al-Ahwaz region has ample water sources, due to the existence of a permanent flowing rivers, such as the Karun and Karkheh, and Dez Rivers. However, the water level of these rivers fallen since 2005, where the water level fell by 65% in Dez River, and 45% in Karoon River 50% in Karkheh River, and this is dangerous index because the farmers in this case can not irrigate their land easily!

Premeditated chlorine gas attack was launched against Ahwazi civilians

Iranian authorities have failed to implement an ethnic cleansing operationin Al-Ahwaz, which was nearly claiming the lives of thousands of innocent people who were secure in their homes in Qalaat Chanan southeast of the capital of Al-Ahwaz in the evening of Saturday 12-September 2015.
The failure came after thousands of the region's population rushed to the streets as a result of inhalation of chlorine toxic gas swept through the highly populated area of Qalaat Chanan. 
The Iranian pro-media announced that the gas spread due to opening a bottle containing chlorine gas by an addicted in the Qalaat Chanan’s neighborhood. In contrast, residents of the area denied this news through interviews they had with the media. 
However, the story entirely different from what the resident has witnesses where they said that suspected were more than one person and wearing masks during the 100 Kilograms bottle weight of chlorine gas discharge, and then fled from the scene and police and security forces came to the scene with a delay that exceeded four hours. 
The Iranian media has published conflicting statistics about the number of victims of inhaling chlorine gas, where “asre-ma” website has published an estimated proportion of infected people that are more than six hundred and majority of those affected and poisoned people were transferred to nearby hospital after four hours delay for the distance that do not exceed 12 Kilo Meter between the place of incident and ambulance place.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Iranian occupier regime increases it repression against Ahwazi street vendor

After the self-immolation of Younes Asakereh, the Ahwazi Arab
fruit seller whose fruit stall was confiscated by the security forces and the municipal officials which led him to set himself on fire in protest at the confiscation of his fruit stall in Mohamerah, the repression campaign against Ahwazi street vendor has extended to other Ahwazi cities as just few day ago the police forces and municipal officials attacked an Ahwazi Arab vendor in Mahshor city and beaten and assaulted him brutally. 
The Ahwazi Arab human rights activists have reported that in the past few days, the Iranian security forces have severely attacked Ahwazi Arab street hawkers in streets of Mahshor city and completely confiscated their possessions and obliged many of them to pay financial fines.

The reports added that the security forces have arbitrarily bulldozed and removed the goods of the Ahwazi Arab men and women vendors and peddlers who wish to sell food, T-shirts, and other goods unless most of them obtain legal permits for vending in the streets in reasonable fashion.

Ahwazi Arab’s arrest intensifies in April

Ahwazi Arab’s arrest intensifies in April Iranian security forces raided houses in the Al-Thoura district, in the capital city of Ahwaz, in the early hours of Wednesday morning the eighth of April 2015.
According to reports from Ahwazi activists received by Ahwazi Centre for Human Right (ACHR), Iranian security forces launched a wide arbitrary raids in the Al-Thoura district without previous warning where many of the residents of the Al-Thoura district been arrest and ACHR have received the following names:
1)Mustafa Haidari
2)Bassem Batrani
3)Mahmoud Sari
4)Riadth Fares
5) A. Hashem
Also according to trusted sources that quoted to ACHR about the mass arrests and raids carried out by the Iranian intelligence apparatus together with a large force of the Revolutionary Guards, on Monday, April 6, 2015 in the Malashiya district in the capital city of Ahwaz. Persian intelligence service has arrested a number of Ahwazis and transferred to unknown locations.
The sources has identified the following names:

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Thousands of Ahwazi masses participate in Yonis' funeral

Thousands of Ahwazi masses participate in Yonis' funeralOn Monday 23 March 2015, thousands of Ahwazis has gathered in Mohammareh city to mourn Yonis Asakereh (Ahwazi young fruit seller) who died on Sunday 22-03-2015 after immolating himself in protest against the cruel acts of Iranian authorities who confiscated his small kiosk cutting off the only source of income of his family.
According reliable source from Ahwaz that quoted to Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights (ACHR), the intensity of the audience and the simmering anger in the hearts of the masses changed ceremony to an angry demonstration in the heroic city of Mohammareh.

The Ahwazi mourners came from various Ahwazi cities and rural areas to participate in the funeral. The Ahwazi mourners honoured Yonis’ self-sacrifice and expressed their sincere sympathy to the grieved Family of Yonis, who departed his wife and two children sacrificing himself for the oppressed voice of Ahwazis.