According to the sources of Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation (AHRO) the Iranian authorities carry out these arrests each year around this time to intimidate Ahwazi Arabs who gather to celebrate this holy celebration.
The following individuals were arrested by the Iranian security forces on Sunday 27th of August 2017.
1-Riyaz Zeheri, 21 yesrs old from Mallashiya (Ahwaz)
2-Jawad Hashemi 27 years old
3-Hassan Hayawi (Elhaee) 28 years old
4-Hassan Delfi 23 years old
5-Heidar Sawari 27 years old
6-Milad Afrawi 22 years old
7-Shaker Sharifi 27 years old
8-Yasser Silawi 27 yeard old
9-Sajad Nasiri (Elhaee) 22 years old
10-Abbas Sharifi 21 years old
11-Ali Bawi 23 years old
12-Yousef Khasraj 20 years old
13-Ahmad Heidari 15 years old
During the last efew days the following are the cultural activists who were also arrested:
14-Khosro Saedi (Abo Emad)
15-Ahmad Daghagheleh (Al-helal cultural association)
18-Abdullah Saedi (Abo Taha), blogger of “ I am a culturist” website
20-Aziz Kenani ( Head of Funon culture association)
21-Nabi Neisi ( Head of Moaalem(Teacher) association)
22-Hadi Saebi (An Ahwazi Mandaie activist)
AHRO calls upon the international community to apply put pressure on the Iranian authorities to respect freedom of speech and the right of peaceful gathering as stated in Articles 19 ”Right to freedom of opinion and expression” and 20”Right to freedom of assembly and association” of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
AHRO also condemn the arbitrary arrests of Ahwazi Arabs by the Iranian security forces as it is a blunt violation of their human rights and the international law. In addition AHRO calls for the immediate release of these detainees without inflicting physical and mental torture upon them.
Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation (AHRO)
30th August 2017