Ahwaz Human Rights Organization welcomes the United States' inclusion of the leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Ahwaz region, (province of Khuzestan), Hassan Shahwarpour, on its sanctions list for his involvement in human rights violations and the commission of the November 2019 massacre in Maashur (Mahshar)

Brian Hook, the US special representative for Iran, said at a press conference on Friday that Shahwarpour was put on a list of sanctions related to visas because he had "committed gross human rights violations against demonstrators."

He added that Shahwarpour supervised a massacre of 148 unarmed citizens in the Maashur area last November.

Iran had acknowledged the occurrence of the massacre of Maashur when the Special Security Forces and the Revolutionary Guards stormed the town of Al-Jarahi and other towns of Maashur, such as Koura and Khor Musa, and used tanks, machine guns and heavy weaponry to kill dozens of Arab citizens, including women and children.

Hook said that the US State Department based in its decision to impose sanctions on Shahwarpour on information obtained from Iranian civilian messages about the demonstrations, pointing to the fact that they received more than 88 thousand messages from social media from Iranian people about the suppression of demonstrations in Iran.

Ahwaz Human Rights Organization strongly condemns the mass killing that took place against the demonstrators in Maashur and stresses that the excessive violence committed against the Ahwazi demonstrators amounts to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The organization calls on international human rights bodies to condemn these massacres and the need for the international community and the Human Rights Council to take steps towards sending a truth commission and bringing the perpetrators of these crimes to justice.

Ahwaz Human Rights Organization
January 17, 2020

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.

On 26 August the Iranian security forces attacked the residents of “Abolfazel” village in the suburbs of Ahwaz city.

On Wednesday, the residents resisted the confiscation of their agricultural land and homes which resulted in the arrest of dozen and the injury of several people.

The Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation received several videos showing wounded individuals, and tear gas being thrown on the villagers, following their complaints about the vandalisation of their home by the security forces.


“Mostazafan Foundation” which is affiliated with “Ali Khemenei”, the supreme leader of Islamic Republic of Iran is claiming the ownership of the village.

“Abolfazel” village is home to 300 families. The residents assert that they have the ownership documents of their lands and home and have been living in this area for more than four decades, “Mostazafan Foundation” on the other hand claims the full ownership of the village and prevents the provision of services and water for agricultural means.

According to the residents this is not the first time that they have faced such attacks. Since the Iraq- Iran war and in the year 1988 under the pretext of “war zone”, the authorities confiscated thousands of Hectares of land. And since the beginning of 1990’s the authorities yet again confiscated thousands of Hectares for national projects such as sugarcane production which led to the displacement of villagers .

The step of the “Mostazafin Foundation” comes in the context of seizing the lands of the villages adjacent to the Ahwazi cities after the recent increase in the prices of those lands.
Ahwaz Human Rights Org

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