According to AHRO’s primary statistics 12 days into the peaceful demonstrations in Ahwaz, 250 Ahwazi Arabs have been detained for participating in peaceful demonstrations.
Ahwazi Human Rights Organisation strongly condemns the crackdown of demonstrations and the arrests of hundreds of Arab citizens in Iran and expresses their deepest concerns for the safety and well-being of the detainees.
Previous experiences have confirmed that the Security service and Intelligence treat detainees with outmost brutality in addition to inflicting physical and mental torture, severely abusing their human rights.
Unfortunately, the Iranian government has chosen once again to take the path of violence and suppression in order to confront the masses and during the past 2 weeks, Ahwaz has turned to a military barracks and collective and arbitrary arrests have been taking place, constantly ,for days.    

The following video has been sent to AHRO by a citizen journalist and shows a young Arab male in Kut-Abdallah being violently forced into a police car by dozens of policemen and government agents disguised in civilian clothing.

The following is the list of detainees among which are women and minors:

1-Adanan Khasraji

2-Saeed Nawaseri

3-Mohammed Hezbian

4-Mohammad Jalil Kanoon

5-Asad Nawaseri

6-Mansoor Tamimi (Sayyahi area)

7- Khalid Mahawy (Akhar- Asphalt area)

8-Mahmood Beit Sayyah (Akhar- Asphalt area))

9-Khadija Neissi (Shuaybieh area)

10-Aysha Neissi (19 years old -Shuaybieh area)

11-Wisam Sawari (19 years old- Sepidar area)

12- Ali Khasraji (23 years old - arrested in Ahwaz along with 4 of his friends on March 30th )

13- Shahab Na’ami ( Khaledieh area “Kianpars”)

14- Hasan Kenani ( Khaledieh area “Kianpars”)

Detainees of 31st March 2018  in Ma’ashur “Mahshahr”

15-Foad Hardani

16-Fazel Albosubeih

17-Hussein Albosubeih

18-Ibrahim Al-buali

19-fazel Awadi

20- Mohammad Alboghobeish

21-Sattar Albosubeih

22-piruz Albosubeih

23-Hamid Alboghobeish (Zubeidi)

24- Reza Alboghobeish

25- Mehdi Alboghobeish

Detainees of 1st April 2018 in Kut-Abdallah-Ahwaz

26-Sajjad Jamei’i (25 years old)

27- Mohammad Fatlawi (27 years old)

Detainees of Abadan in Selech area:

28-Salah Baghlani

29- Ali Baghlani

Detainees of April 1st 2018 - Thawra area of Ahwaz

30- Adnan Bayanan Sakini (37 yeas old)

31- Jom’a Sawari (32 yeas old)

32- Suri Saalebi (Sawari)- (47 years old)

33-Kazem Turfi (40 years old)

34- Nader Alboghubeish arrested in Taleghani area of Ahwaz on April 6th 2018

Detainees of march 31st 2018 in Hamidieh

35-Ali Abidawi bin Taleb

36- Ali Abidawi bin Warwar

Detainees in Ahwaz city

37- Sajjad Sawari bin Ziab (32 years old, married from Thawra area arrested on April 5th )

38- Sadeq Sawari (from Thawra area arrested on April 2end 2018)

39- Basem Sawari (from Thawra area arrested on April 2end 2018)

40- Abdul-al Doraqi ( from Cantex area- 50 year old poet , arrested on April 5th 2018 ,severely tortured )

41-Majed Zuheiri Bin Karim ( Thawra area)

42-Saeed Sawari ( Arrested on April 3rd 2018 )

43-Khaledieh Turfi Bint Hamid Al-Asi ( from Camp - Polonia “camppolo” area arrested on April 4th 2018)

44- Ali Ebeyyat Bin Semij

45-Mustafa Sawari ( from Thawra area arrested on April 5th 2018)

46- Naeem Hamidi ( Journalist)

Demonstrations started as protest against Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) following a program in which Arab’s existence in Iran and their identity was ignored, once again. Demonstrators demanded an apology and until now neither IRIB nor channel 2 producers issued an apology. 

Demonstrations over the insulting TV show has turned to full scale manifestations on a daily basis against all forms of racism and marginalisation against ethnic Arabs of Iran. Protesters expressed their disapproval of Tehran’s plans of demographic change that has been in work for years through influx of immigrants from other areas and excluding indigenous Arab population from the job market in Iran’s richest areas.

The following are among the demands of Ahwazi Arabs: an end to unemployment and exclusion from social, political and economic life, end to transfer of Karun river, stop the destruction of environment and change the security approach of Tehran toward Ahwaz which has turned this region to a military barracks and the release of all political and cultural activists who are currently in detention.

Demonstrators also demand the right to establish independent newspapers and news agencies in Arabic, improvement of living conditions in this region and to allocate part of the oil’s revenue to the reconstruction and development of the region and the fight against poverty and marginalisation.

The Ahwazi Human Rights Organisation affirms the right of  Ahwazi Arabs to continue their peaceful demonstration and calls for  an end to the repression of these legitimate protests, as well as the immediate and unconditional release of all detainees.




Ahwaz Human Rights Organization

7 April 2018
Ahwaz Human Rights Organization condemns the arrest of Ahwazi Arabs who have been peacefully demonstrating against racism and discrimination for the past week in different cities of Ahwaz / Arabistan.

By April 2, 2018, a week had passed since peaceful Ahwaz uprising against racism, marginalisation and continued persecution and discrimination exercised by Iranian government and its media, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) . The Iranian  authorities responded to the demands of  masses by sending anti-riot forces and have turned Ahwaz to a military barrack.

In recent days, military reinforcements have been dispatched from Lorestan province (North of Ahwaz) and neighbouring provinces. Internal security units and riot police were seen heading towards the area as protests continued in various cities of Ahwaz where rallies continued to the night and people protested against the authorities' practices and demanded the release of political prisoners.

According to the reports of the Ahwazi human rights organization, raids were carried out in various cities and about 100 Arab citizens, including women and girls, were arrested on charges of participating in peaceful protests. The names will be published as soon as they are confirmed.

The protests started after Arabs were insulted on national television. On the second day of the Newruz, on March 23, Channel 2 broadcasted a children’s show with a national music “Ey Iran” in the background  to show  Iran's ethnic diversity, but the Ahwazi Arabs were not on the map, and instead a Luri male and female doll was placed on Ahwaz’s map.

Ahwazi Arabs who have been witnessing government’s efforts for demographic change for years through forced migration of marsh Arabs out of marshlands following oil projects, and influx of immigrants from central areas of Iran to Ahwaz for job opportunities in heavily industrialised and polluted Arab cities in short  felt threaten as each day they become more of a minority in their own homeland.

Arab activists initially launched an online campaign on websites, and applications such as Telegram and Instagram to demand an apology from the Arab Ahwazi people by radio and television officials but there was no response. The Ahwaz deputies in the Iranian parliament and the council of experts, including Ayatollah Abbas Ka’abi, also called on government agencies to apologise, but none of the government officials took the responsibility.

For these reasons and other evidence such as the accumulation of problems and water and air pollution crises and the continuation of plans to eliminate the Arab people of Ahwaz, people been taking the streets for the past week . 

The first protests began with a gathering of thousands of Arab citizens in the city of Ahwaz, on Wednesday morning March 28, 2018, in front of IRIB building( Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting) in Ahwaz demanding an apology.

In the following days, the protests spread to other cities such as Abadan, Muhammerah, Ma’ashour, Falahiya, Khawain, Koura, Shaiban, Al Ain, Qal'at Kanaan, Kut Abdullah, and other regions to denounce the anti-Arab wave of racism  in Ahwaz particularly and in Iran generally. 

In several rallies Iranian security forces backed by units of riot police and the Revolutionary Guard Corps , attacked the demonstrations, threw teargas and beat demonstrators to disperse them.

Demonstrations continued until the early hours of Sunday, amid reports that Farhani Street was closed and cordoned off by security forces, police and riot police and the arrest of a large number of unknown youths.

Security forces have launched raids in various cities and the number of detainees has so far reached more than 100.

On the sixth day of protests, in a video recorded by a citizen journalist we see a security force taking off an Arab man’s #Kufieh and #Agal from his head at a checkpoint. Other shapes of racism has been witnessed in different cities. Ahwazi Arabs who have been wearing their traditional clothes in the street as a sign of protest say they feel threatened when they go out wearing #Dishdasheh these days. 

The Ahwazi Human Rights Organization condemns these practices and this repressive behaviour and  demands that the Iranian authorities respect the right of the people for a peaceful assembly to express their demands in accordance with the laws and international treaties and most importantly calls for the release of all detainees.

 AHRO calls upon United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and all other human rights organisations to report on the matter and pressure Iranian government to stop its destruction of  indigenous marsh Arabs  lands and source of income in Iran and put an end to systematic discrimination and racism practiced  by the Iranian government and its media IRIB. 

Ahwaz Human Rights Organization
Iran impedes Dr.karim Abdian's selection as a new member of UNPFII ,United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Iran with coordination with its allies in the United Nation ,such as Russia ,China and other countries that can be considered its allies impeded Dr. Karim Abdiab , the Ahwaz Human Rights Organization director , and expert of international relations and diplomacy from being selected as a member of United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues during the 2017-2019 term . UNPFII is an advisory body to the United Nation economic and Social Council
Last March Dr. Abdian was nominated among the 5 international experts for Asia to be a member of this forum of which Mr. Phoolman Chaudhary from Nepal became a member . Dr. Abdian congratulated Mr. Chaudhary for his selection as a member of UNPFII and wished him success .
It is worthy to mention that the indigenous experts forum comprises of 16 members, of which 8 are appointed by the member states and the other 8 are elected from among the representatives of civil society organizations registered in the United Nations, which is more than 4,000 organizations through which Iran and its allies managed to prevent Dr.Karim Abdian's selection as a member in the forum . This by itself confirms Iranian regime's fear of the Ahwazi nation's fight in the international platforms and United Nation's institutes.
Ahwaz Human Rights Organization
10/6/2016
Ali Jalali

Lashgarabad is one of the oldest districts of Ahwaz where Arab compatriots live. The spread of unemployment and poverty among the youth in this district has compelled them to open local restaurants and tea houses to earn a meager income to feed themselves and their deprived families.

Iran security forces kill Ahwazi girl while arresting her father
Sources told Al Arabiya that security forces opened fire on the car on because the child’s father did not comply with orders to stop. (Supplied)