Gulf European Centre for Human Rights
Condemning: Iran should release the detainees
25th September 2018
The Iranian authorities have launched massive raids against Ahwazi activists, including civil and political activists, and arrested 900 of them without any charges after four young Ahwazi carried out an armed attack against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Ahwaz on Sunday, 22 September 2018.
Iranian government websites have also reported that Iranian authorities have launched a campaign of random arrests against a large number of people in Ahwazi, while Iranian authorities threaten arrest more activists in Ahwaz and threaten to target Ahwazi political and human rights activists abroad.
The GECHR published numerous reports, articles and human rights actions on the Iranian policy of impoverishment of the people, which caused the Ahwaz citizens to live in extreme poverty, homelessness, unemployment, discrimination, and other ill-treatment. The Gulf-European Centre warned that the Iranian policies in Ahwaz will face reaction from the Ahwazi. Therefore, the GECHR demands immediate intervention by humanitarian organisations and the Security Council to stop Iranian racist policies in Al Ahwaz.
According to reliable sources in Ahwaz, Iranian security forces have raided Ahwazi homes in many parts of Al-Ahwaz, where more than 900 people have been arrested in Al-Ahwaz, as well as other cities such as Al-Falahia (Shadegan), al-Muhammara (Khorramshahr), Abadan, Maheshur (Mahshar) and Susa (Shosh) on trumped-up charges and transferred to unknown locations.
The Gulf European Centre for Human Rights fears that detainees will face physical and psychological torture by the Iranian authorities. According to reliable sources, the Iranian security services in Ahwaz are using torture experts from Tehran, Iran's capital, to obtain false confessions from detainees.
The Policies of the Iranian authorities in Ahwaz caused Ahwazi citizens to face a chauvinistic and systematic policy aimed at eliminating human beings in Ahwaz. The Ahwazi Arabs face a critical situation such as pollution, environmental damage, drying of rivers and marshlands, the prevention of agriculture and forced displacement, confiscation of lands and agriculture; and hence, these policies caused many Ahwaz to be reacted against the Iranian authorities.
In addition, the Iranian authorities want to use the pretext to arrest more Ahwazi Arabs and torturing them in secret detention centers to prepare a scenario for further executions against Ahwazi, and long life imprisonment and accelerating the change of the demographic composition of the Ahwazi in their historic land.
Thus, the GECHR strongly condemns Iranian policies in Ahwaz, such as arbitrary arrests, torture and enforced disappearance, and urges the international community to intervene immediately to end Iranian ill-treatment in Ahwaz. The Centre also urges international bodies and institutions to exert more pressure on the Iranian authorities to stop and end their policies in Ahwaz, which have made Ahwazi citizens living in an embarrassing situation because of poverty, homelessness, unemployment and the destruction of the environment.
The Gulf European Centre for Human Rights would like to draw the attention of international human rights organisations to the fact that the arbitrary arrest of 900 Ahwazi Arabs and the number of detainees may increase which is in violation of international law and human rights. GECHR would like to add that the Iranian authorities have a bad record of human rights violations against prisoners. Hence, international human rights organisations and the Special Rapporteur of Iran should increase their pressure on Iran to release all persons detained by the security forces since 22 September 2018.