According to local sources following the recent mass arrests in southwest of Iran more than 600 Ahwazi Arabs were detained, including political and cultural activists in addition to a number of women and ordinary citizens.
Below is the name of some of the detainees most of whom are from Ahwaz, Muhammarah (Khoramshahr), Abadan and Khafajiah (Susangerd) cities.

  1. 1. Fayez Afrawi, 30 years old, from Alboefri village in Khafajiyah, and his mother.
    2. Mohammad Amin Afrawi, 37 years old, from Alboefri village in Khafajiyah, and his mother.
    3. Abbas Moghaminemi, 26 years old, from Hijaya village in Khafjayeh
    4. Morteza Bayteh Sheikh Ahmad, son of Nasser, 24 years old, from Khafjayeh city
    5. Morteza Moghinami, 22 years old, from Hijaya village in Khafjayeh
    6. Arif Moghinami, 27, from Hijaya village in Khafjayeh
    7. Mohammad Mohammadi (Abyat) 22 years old from Hamidiyeh
    8. Qassim Ka'bawi (Ka'bī), 24, from Hamidiyeh
    9. Mohammad Amouri, 26, who was arrested instead of his brother, from Mallashya (Ahwaz)
    10. Naeem Heydari, 24, from Mallashya (Ahwaz)
    11. Aref Ghazlawi, son of Honoun, from Mallashya (Ahwaz)
    12. Kazem Ghazalavi, the son of Honoun, from Mallashya (Ahwaz)
    13. Ali al-Haya (Haya'i) from Mallashya (Ahwaz)
    14. Shakir Sawari from Mallashya (Ahwaz) 
    15. Seyyed Qasim Mousavi from Mallashya (Ahwaz)
    16. Fazel Shamsi from Mallashya (Ahwaz)
    17. Danial Adil Amjad, 43, Married, from the Mashalei neighborhood city of Ahwaz
    18. Jasem Khorashat, 45, from the Alawi neighborhood (Hay al-Thawra)
    19. Jamil Heydari, 33 years old, from Campolou district of Ahwaz
    20. Majid Heydari, 25, from Campolou district of Ahwaz
    21. Ahmed Hamri, 29, Bachelor, Married, Mandli district, Ahwaz City
    22. Sayyed Jasem Rahmani (Musawi), 33, married, and has three children from Alavi district, city of Ahwaz
    23. Majid Chaldawi, son of Saadoun, from Alavi district, city of Ahwaz
    24. Sayyid Hammoud Rahmani (Musawi from Alavi district, city of Ahwaz
    25. Ali Svari, 23 years old, son of Khafas from Aziziyah city of Ahvaz
    26. Hatam Rider, from Alavi district, city of Ahwaz
    27. Seyyed Sadegh Nazari (Abu Bubil), 70, from Al-Kuhkah (al-Safi) Ahwaz
    28. Sajjad Silavi, 25, from Al-Koukhah (Al-Safi) Ahwaz.
    29. Qays Ghazi from Mellat district
    30. Reza Betrani, 33, son of Haj Mohsen, of Kot Abdullah, has two children.
    31. Majed Sawari
    32. Ali Ghazi Sawari
    33. Mohammad Sabah Sawari
    34. Ali Mezbani Nasr
    35. Karim Mojadam, 38, father of four, from Islamabad, Kot Abdullah.
    36. Mohammad Amin Hasebawi, 30, son of Hajj Mouhiy from Kot Abdullah.
    37. Syd Jassem, 35, father of three, from Souisse village, owner of a cafe located on the Ahwaz-Abadan road.
    38.Abbas Saki, son of Mrawah, from Hiwazah.
    39.Abbas al-Saki son of Abd-ali Sharān from Hiwazah.
    40.Abo-Shaellan Saki from Hiwaazah.
    41. Ja'far Hazbawi, 28, son of Inied, father of two, from Kot-Abdullah al-Sadeh.
    42. Ahmad Hazbawi son of Abdullah, 28-year-old, father of two children from Kot Abdullah al-Sadeh.
    43.Farahan Shamosi from Mallashya
    44.Aghil Shamosi from Mallashya
    45. Lami Shamosi from Mallashya
    46.Hadi Abu Salam Ebidawi from Mallashya
    47.Maher Massoudi from Mallashya
    48. Mukhtar Massoudi from Mallashya
    49. Jader Afrawi from Mallashya
    50. Jalil Mousavi from Mallashya
    51. Sadegh Mousavi from Mallashya
    52. Abbas Bedwi from Mallashya
    53.Javad Hashemi from Mallashya
    54.Ali Heidari Sha'eq from Mallashya
    55.Abdoullah Silawi from Mallashya
    56. Reyad Shamosi from Mallashya
    57.Semir Silawi from Mallashya
    58.Ali Mazrah from Mallashya
    59.Faris Shamosi from Mallashya
    60. Adil zuhairi from Mallashya
    61.Sadiq Silawi from Mallashya
    62.Milad Afrawi from Mallashya
    63. Khalid Silawi from Mallashya
    64. Khalil Silawi from Mallashya
    65. Jamil Silawi from Mallashya
    66. Shani Shamosi from Mallashya
    67. Arif Naseri 30-year-old - Kot Abdullah Ahwaz
    68. Mousa Mazrah - Abu Hemitha Village
    69. Mahdi Mazrah - Abu Hemitha Village
    70.Ahmad Souidi Hajia Village 
    71. Adnan Mazrah - Khafajieh
    72.Miss. Lamia Hamadi - Khafajieh
    73. Fayez Afrawi from Alboefri village
    74_Hassan Harbawi from Al-Faghiyeh.
    75_Jumil Ahmadpur (Al-Haya)
    76_Andan Abidaway
    77-Ramin Bachari, from Muhilah in Ahwaz
    78. Omid Bachari, from Muhilah in Ahwaz
    79. Aziz Hamidawi, from Muhilah in Ahwaz
    80-Mahmoud Doraghi, from Muhilah in Ahwaz
    81-Abofarugh Shajirat, from Muhilah in Ahwaz

The authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran , through arbitrary arrests are attempting to exploit the armed attack on the parade of the armed forces in Ahwaz which took place on September 22 of this year and justify the suppression of Arab citizens in Iran . This widespread wave of arrests occurs despite the fact that ISIS claimed the responsibility for the attack. 

By carrying systematic arrest and spreading intimidation among Arab society, Iranian security forces are attempting at distorting the truth about the growing dissatisfaction of the Arab people against the discriminatory politics of the central government.

Ahwaz Human Rights Organization (AHRO) condemns these arrests and calls for an immediate and unconditional release of detainees.Moreover, it warns against potential physical and mental torture to obtain compulsory confessions from detainees.

Iranian clerics allow organ donation of death sentence prisoners



The Human Rights Council at the United Nations

UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, Mr. Shahid Ahmed

Amnesty International

Human Rights Watch

Reporters without Border (RWB)

Arab human rights organizations

Iranian Human Rights Organisations

All activists and organizations in the field of human rights


A number of well-known Islamic Republic Mollahs stated a Fatwa (Islamic law) allowing organ donation of death sentenced Ahwazi Arab prisoners. They have also allowed trafficking of death sentenced prisoners. The Fatwa has been published in many Iranian websites. Senior clerics who issued the Fatwa are: Ayatollah Shabiri Zanjani, Seyed Saeed Hakim, Makarem Shirazi, Mousa Ardebili, Nouri Hamedani and Ayatollah Saneyi.

Iran's Revolutionary Court in Tehran, on Saturday, sentenced seven laborers and activists 110 years imprisonment and 74 lashes for organizing and covering protests and strikes by workers at the Haft Tapeh sugar cane company, north of city of Ahwaz. 

The following are the names of the convicts and the details of the verdicts given by Judge Meqaisa, President of Section 4 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran:

  1. Ismael Bakhshi, laborer and trade unionist of the Sugar Cane Company, 14 years imprisonment
  2. Speida Golian, labor rights activist, 19 years and six months in prison
  3. Amir Hossein Mohammadi Fard, editor-in-chief of "Gam" magazine and labor rights defender, 18 years in prison
  4. Asal Mohammadi, member of the editorial board of the magazine "Gam" and an advocate for the rights of workers, 18 years imprisonment
  5. Sanaz Al-Hayari, editorial board member of the magazine "Gam " and an advocate for workers' rights, 18 years imprisonment
  6. Amir Amergoli, member of the editorial board of the magazine "Gam" and a defender of workers' rights, 18 years imprisonment
  7. Mohammed Khneifer, worker and trade union activist at Sugar Cane Company, 6 years imprisonment

 The verdicts were given based on vague and flimsy charges such as “assembly and collusion with the intention of acting against national security,” “insulting the Supreme Leader,” “spreading lies,” “propaganda against the regime” and "disturbing public order.” Workers have been going on strikes and peaceful protests over the past year for not receiving their salaries for several months, poor working conditions, dismissal of workers and other trade union demands.

Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation (AHRO) strongly condemns these repressive provisions and calls for the abolition of these sham trials and the immediate and unconditional release of all detained workers and activists.

Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation (AHRO)

10 Sep 2019

38 Ahwazi Arab activists who were voluntarily helping flood victims have been arrested for allegedly distributing “false information” regarding the floods. 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, 270 villages in Khuzestan Province have completely drowned and have been evacuated. Floods have reached 11 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

During the past days , Iranian security has arrested 4 Ahwazi Arab men who then were transferred to prison .
The following are their names and information we have currently on hand :
1- Mohammad Sawari ,22 years old from ‘Alawi “ area who was arrested on 15th of November 2016 . The family does not have any news about his fate or whereabouts .
2- Mohammad Mahdi ,20 years old from “Hamidieh” . Arrested on 16th of November 2016 by security forces .
3- Ali Sawari ,25 yeas old from “Alawi” area .Arrested on 18th of November by security forces . His family were not informed about his fate or whereabouts .
4- Hakim Marwani ,a university student ,photographer and cultural activist on social media .He is from “Malashieh” area and was arrested on 19th of November 2016 . The security forces broke into his father’s house to arrest him .
Ahwaz Human Rights Organization condemns these unlawful arrests with no warrants that are aiming at terrorizing the Ahwazi Arab . AHRO demands immediate release and protection of these youths and warns the Iranian authorities from torturing the detainees psychologically and physically as they have done in previous cases .