Clashes between the Iranian security forces and Ahwazi Arab fans
The Iranian security forces clashed with the Ahwazi Arab fans following the football match of Saudi Al-hilal against Foolad Ahwaz (Khuzestan) on Tuesday 17th March 2015. Sources from Ahwaz confirmed that the Iranian security forces arrested
On Saturday 16th Sep 2017 dust particles in the air in Ahwaz reached 1,263 micrograms per cubic meter making it 8.42 times the maximum limit. According to head of the Public Relations of Department of the Environmental Protection Agency of Khuzestan, “at 8:00 A.M saturday morning the amount of dust particles reached 1,263 micrograms in Ahwaz , 244 micrograms in Shushtar and in Dezful 300 micrograms per cubic meter” , while the normal limit of airborne particles is 150 micrograms per cubic meter. Ahwazi citizens organised hundreds of protests against the Iranian government’s discriminatory policies and water transfer from Khuzestan province to central areas, and the consequent environmental damages which resulted in drying of the rivers, wetlands and other surface and subsurface waters.
Official statistics and surveys show that the increase in dust and sandstorm in the country are a result of water transfer projects, and the deliberate drying up of wetlands for the purpose of extracting oil and watering the sugarcane plantations. Ahwaz Human Rights Organization strongly condemns the hostile environmental policies, water deviation out of the province, drying of the rivers and wetlands and calls for an end of these harmful practices. We call on international human rights institutions and environmental organisations to exercise pressure on the Iranian government to stop the destruction of the environment and abide by international codes and standards to protect the environment and the people.
Ahwaz Human Rights Organization September 16, 2017
Despite the denial of the governor of Khuzestan and a member of the National Security Commission of the execution of 22 Ahwazi activists -in connection with the attack on the military parade- concerns continue about “secret executions “- which is in fact not unprecedented in Ahwaz.
Gholam Reza Shariati, governor of Khuzestan, told "IRNA" that “the news is false.”
Adding that there are charges against the prisoners, but these information should be detained from the judiciary.
However, the families of the defendants are still concerned about the possibility that the detainees may be forced to confess under torture in the Ministry of Intelligence's secret detention centers, as there are many similar examples in the past years where Ahwazi Arab activists were killed under torture or executed following forced confessions. What mainly raises our concern in AHRO is that the detainees are subjected to vague and unfair judicial process without the right to acquire independent lawyers.
The Ministry of Intelligence had previously released a video of the arrest of these 22 people claiming they “supported or were involved" in the military attack and allegedly they were arrested in a house in which "explosives, military equipments and communication devices“ have been discovered and confiscated.
Although ISIS announced the responsibility for the attack, security forces and the Revolutionary Guards have raided various districts of Ahwaz and other Arab cities in the past two months, and over 800 people among them women, the elites of Ahwazi Arab community, cultural activists, and ordinary citizens were arrested as a result.
The Ahwaz Human Rights Organization, calls for transparency and fair trials for these 22 defendants and other Ahwazi detainees and calls on judicial authorities to allow all detainees the right to visit their families.
Ahwaz Human Rights, while condemning these mass executions and forced confessions that are a result of torture and trial behind closed doors, calls for the involvement of legal entities, in particular, the UN Special Rapporteur Mr. Javaid Rahman, to conduct an independent inquiry into the matter