Gulf European Centre for Human Rights
Condemns the vast arrests in Ahwaz
24th September 2018
The Iranian authorities began arresting a large number of Ahwazi activists without any charges after the Iranian Revolutionary Guards targeted by the Ahwazi fighters on September 22 on the street "Lashkar" in a military parade within the civilian areas.
The nine human rights organisations wrote numerous articles, reports and actions against Iranian treatment in Ahwazi, which caused Ahwazi to live in extreme poverty, homelessness, unemployment, discrimination and other ill-treatment. Human rights organisations have warned that Iranian policies in Ahwazi will be the result of Ahwazi reactions. Therefore, these organisations demand the immediate intervention of humanitarian organisations and the Security Council to stop the policies of Iranian racism in Ahwaz.
According to reliable sources in Ahwaz, Iranian security forces raided Ahwazi homes in many parts of Al-Ahwaz, where more than 20 Ahwazi were arrested on trumped-up charges and transferred to unknown locations. This policy continues to mean enforced disappearances against Ahwazi activists.
Reliable sources also confirmed that the Iranian security forces severely tortured Ahwazi activists during their arrest in their homes. Iranian security forces also threatened families of detainees with more pressure from the Iranian authorities.
Policies of the Iranian authorities in Ahwaz caused Ahwazi citizens to face a chauvinistic and systematic policy aimed at eliminating human beings in Ahwaz. Ahwazi Arabs face a critical situation such as policy of slow death every day as a result of environmental pollution, the transfer and drying of rivers, the prevention of agriculture and forced displacement, the bringing of settlers to work in government institutions in the Ahwaz and the construction of settlements in the towns and villages of Ahwaz, while providing the best and the latest possibilities and living necessities, while Ahwazi suffer from poverty, displacement and persecution by the Iranian authorities.
Therefore, the Iranian authorities want to use the pretext to arrest more Ahwazi Arabs and tortured in secret detention centers to prepare a scenario for more executions against Ahwazi, and long life imprisonment and accelerated to change the demographic composition of the Ahwazi in their historic land.
Thus, nine human rights organisations strongly condemn Iranian policies in Al-Ahwaz, such as arbitrary arrests, torture and enforced disappearances, and urge the international community to intervene immediately to end Iranian ill-treatment in Ahwaz. The nine organisations also urge international bodies and organisations to exert more pressure on the Iranian regime to stop and end its policies in Ahwaz, which has caused Ahwazi citizens to live in an embarrassing situation because of poverty, homelessness, unemployment and destruction of the environment.
The nine organisations:
1- The Gulf European Centre for Human Rights
2- Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society
3 – Organisation of the global message of human rights
4- Syrian Observatory for Documentation of War Crimes
5- Karama Association for Human Rights in Bahrain
6. Yemeni Human Rights Violations
7. The Ahwaz Centre for Human Rights
8. Baloch Observatory for Human Rights
9. The Arab Gate for Trade Union Rights and Freedoms