24 Ahwazi Arab activists who were voluntarily helping flood victims have been arrested for allegedly distributing “false information” regarding the floods.

Shaheen Hasanwand, Head of the Fata Police (Iranian Cyber Police) in Khuzestan Province, has accused the 24 Ahwazi social media activists of publishing "fake news", spreading rumours regarding the floods and "disturbing public opinion."

Meanwhile, various documents, videos and photos have emerged that show that the IRGC, the Ministry of Oil and the Iranian government are not willing to direct the floods to the Hur Azim area due to potential damage to oil facilities.

So far, 250 villages in Khuzestan Province have completely drowned and have been evacuated. Floods have reached 9 cities. The number of injured and displaced people has reached half a million overall.

Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation (AHRO) condemns the arrest of activists and demands for their immediate and unconditional release. AHRO also calls on international human rights organisations to condemn these repressive measures by the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation

Saturday, April 13th, 2019