International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances in Iran (ICARDI)
It is an international coalition base in London/ United Kingdom consisting of number of organizations and lawyers to address the issue of enforced disappearance in Iran. Board of Directors consists of seven members، Dr. Karim Abdian / General Adviser, Ms. Mona Silawi / president, Mr. Faisal Fulad/ General Coordinator
The Union of steelworkers at Arcelor Mittal (La Gota) of Villa Constitution Argentina expanded their international call for support of Ahwaz steel and Haft-tappeh sugar workers.
La Gota contacted various workers' organizations and non-governmental organisation in the south America countries including Chile, Bolivia, and Brazil.
Between December 2018 and January 2019, the following organisations and unions from Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina supported the international call for the release of Ahwaz steelworkers:
From Argentina: -Solidarity letter from the Comisión de Trabajadores Condenados ( Commission of detained workers) For the detained oil workers of Las Heras in Argentina. Hugo González and José Rosales who are sentenced to life in prison, Rubén Bach and Omar Mansilla each sentenced to 5 years in prison. In addition, their spouses Raquel Valencia, Claudia Bazán, Claudia Pafundi.
In their letter they jounce their voice to the voice of working class in Iran and ended their letter with the following quotes “To trespass one of us, is to trespass all of us” and “The rebellion of the slaves is not a crime, but justice”
-Mapuche community in Argentina, (Pu lof en Resistencia Cushman, Comunidad del pueblo originario Mapuche del PuelMapu-Tierra del Este) -Isabel Huala, mother of Facundo Jones Huala, a Mapuche political prisoner who was sentenced to 9 years in prison adds her voice of solidarity with the Iranian political prisoners and their mothers. -Shipyard workers of Rio Santiago, Avanzada Obrera Lista Negra
From Chile: -Confederación Democrática Profesionales Universitarios de la Salud -Pamela Valenzuela – MSPT (Movimiento Salud Para Todos) -Maribel Gonzales – Colectivo Solidaridad (collective solidarity) -Eduardo Muñoz – Sindicato Hospital del Profesor -Constanza Cifuentes (Syndicate of Professor Constanza Cifuentes hospital ) -Coordinadora Feminista 8 de marzo (Feminist Coordination of March 8th)
From Bolivia: Mine workers in Huanuni.
We thank all the workers, unions and individuals from Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile for their solidarity and support of the working class in Iran and especially Ahwaz, the beating heart of social right and worker’s movements. Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation (AHRO) 9th Jan 2019
London, MEFD – On Saturday 21st May 2016, Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation (AHRO) and Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization organised an international workshop on media and civil society in the Middle East at Cambridge House, London. The workshop was attended by Middle East Forum for Development (MEFD).
The event was moderated by Dr Sanjukta Ghosh, British Ahwazi Friendship Society and attended by Dr Karim Abdian, executive director of AHRO, Mosa Zahed, Executive Director of MEFD, Dr Wafik Mustafa, Chair of the British Arab Network and author of “Egypt, the elusive Arab Spring”, Mark Lattimer, Executive Director of Minority Rights Group International, Dr Nour Abu Assab, Director of the Centre for Transnational Development and Collaboration (CTDC) and Mehmet Aksoy, Editor-In-Chief at kurdishquestion.com. The panellists focused on media-related evidence of freedom of speech and human rights activism in the Middle East at the heart of international policy and advocacy practices. Moreover, special emphasis was placed on discussing the obstacles for journalists and civil society activists to share news and ideas on human rights in general.
“The experience from the Arab spring is that dictators, and big ones, were overthrown, not by Bolshevik-type parties but by young people utilising social media in Egypt, in Tunisia, in Libya and so on” said Dr Abdian.
Mosa Zahed specified that human rights activists in Iran used social media during the 2009 social protests for grassroots mobilisation and crowd reporting due to a regime of censorship. Zahed argued that “Modern day technology enabled human rights activists to expose, through detailed testimonies, torture and sexual harassment of men and women who were arrested during the 2009 protests and detained at the Kahrizak detention centre in Southern Tehran”. He emphasised that “As the Iranian authorities got away with the massacre of thousands of political prisoners in the space of a few months during the summer of 1988 without sparking global outrage or condemnation, Ali Khamenei was in 2009 confronted with a bitter reality, namely that getting away with atrocities would not be as easy in this digital era compared to previous decades”.
Dr Wafik Mustafa elaborated on the developments following the Arab Spring, with a particular focus on Egypt subsequent to the fall of the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Mustafa noted the need for caution in relation to the use of social media in human rights activism, as he believes that it is not always easy to verify reports circulated via this medium.
Mark Lattimer discussed the United Nations (U.N.) human rights mechanisms and explained its purposes in aiming to assist human rights activists in their future activities, within the U.N. framework.
Dr Nour Abu Assab argued that the U.N. often fails to address gross human rights violations despite well documented cases of atrocities, like the ones in Syria perpetrated by government forces. “One has to look to who is funding the United Nations in order to understand such phenomena”, Dr Assab added.
Mehmet Aksoy underscored the significance of social media in reporting human rights issues that mainstream media do not or cannot cover due to censorship by repressive states. Aksoy emphasised that his online news outlet which reports about Kurdish affairs and Kurdish movements in the Middle East, has acquired global significance enabling it to effectively convey issues relating to the Kurdish question.
The international workshop was attended by dozens of individuals and delegates, including representatives from Iran’s Azeri, Kurdish and Baloch communities.
According to reports from Iranian Workers Union, today 17 December 2018 , 28 workers from the Ahwaz Steel National Industrial Group, who have striking for more than one month, been arrested by security forces and transferred to an undisclosed location. The following is the list of workers currently detained: 1- Meysam Ali Ghanavati 2- Isa Mar’ee 3- Amin Alvani 4- Morteza Akbarian 5- Taregh Khalafi 6- Masoud Afri 7- Jafar Sobhani 8-Mostafa Ebeyat 9-Gharib Houizawi 10- Karim Sayahi 11- Hamed Baseri 12- Hafez Kanaani 13 - Hamed Jodaki 14- Hossein Davoodi 15- Kazem Heydari 16- Yasser Ebrahimian 17- Majid Janandleh 18- Cyrus Ismaili 19- Ali Agh’ba 20- Mohsen Baluti 21- Mohammad Pour Hasan 22- Mohsen Pah’bati 23- Seyyed Habib Tabataba’i 24- Jassem Romezi 25 - Ali Etmami 26- Seyyed Ali Javadpour 27- Javad Gholami 28 - Abdolreza Dasti Despite the crackdown and arrests, workers of the Ahwaz Steel National Industrial Group, continued their protests for 37th day in the city centre of Ahwaz and shouted slogans demanding the release of their fellow colleagues, and putting an end to state corruption. The Ahwazi Human Rights Organization condemns the arrest of labor activists by the security forces. We also condemns the crackdown on labor protests and peaceful strikers who are demanding the immediate release of their detained colleagues, and their unpaid wages. Ahwaz Human Rights organization 17 December 2018
During the demonstration against diversion of Karoon river, Iranian security forces arrested two activists in Muhammerah , the journalist Rahil Mosavi and environmental activist Roqaya Jafari who have participated in the demonstrations against the transfer of Karoon river . They have been transferred to the department of intelligence in the city and have not been released till now . The demonstrations were held in both Ahwaz and Muhammerah . According to the reports received by AHRO from inside Ahwaz ,Roqaya Jafari was arrested in her home by intelligence forces after the end of the demonstration last Thursday. Despite the pressures she faced from the intelligence department and the municipality concerning criticising Rohani’s letter about the water transfer ,she participated in the action which resulted in forming a security file on Ms.Jafari and her arrest for 4 consecutive days by the intelligence services . Ms.Rahil Mosavi on the other hand is a photographer and journalist and civil activist who was verbally insulted and pushed by the security forces who were present as she took photos of demonstration in Muhammerah .Her left arm was injured as security tried to take her camera and eventually she was pushed into their car by force and driven away . Demonstrators in Ahwaz and Muhammerah criticised the leaked letter from Rouhani’s administration in which an order is given to transfer Karoon river to cities such as Yazd,Isfahan Kerman and Rafsanjan while the inhabitants of Ahwaz and Muhammerah and many other cities in the southwest region suffer from lack of water for drinking and agriculture . In the same context ,Iranian intelligence also called on many local civil and environmental activists for interrogation for organising and inviting people to demonstrate ,Mr.Masoud Kanani is one of these environmental activists who has been accused of carrying foreign agendas ,this is done in order to intimidate and silence the public. Ahwaz human Rights Organisation condemns these arrests and calls for immediate release of the two activists and also condemns oppressing the peaceful civil actions and calls on human rights organisations to pressure Iran to uphold this water transfer project which is death sentence to the ecosystem of southwest region and invites the human rights defenders to speak up against the assaults of Iranian government and its security forces against the civilians.