Gulf European Centre for Human Rights
GECHR condemns the arrest of a family in Ahwaz by IRGC
6th November 2018
According to Ahwazna News Network, Iranian Revolutionary Guard intelligence services arrested Mr Hattab Shannan al-Sari, 57 years of age, and his 22-year-old son, Amin Hattab, after being summoned to a Revolutionary Guard headquarters northeast of Ahwaz on the morning of November 5, 2018.
The human rights sources from Al-Ahwaz informed that the detainees entered the headquarters at 10 am and never left the intelligence services. Their families said that the contact with them has been cut ever since.
On Tuesday morning (November 6th), a number of IRGC agents raided the house of Hattab al-Sari, accompanied by prisoner Amin Hattab. They searched the house and confiscated all the belongings of his family. The sources confirmed that the intelligence agents arrested Mr Hattab’s daughter, Amna Hattab, 24-year-old, and took her to an unknown location.
Human rights sources confirmed that Hattab al-Sari is suffering from health conditions, and he was arrested several times by the security services without any real charges.
According to reliable sources, the number of Ahwazi detainees exceeded 600 people, including senior men and 5 women. The sources added that one of the female detainees is pregnant.
Amnesty International in its last report (2 November 2018) said the Iranian authorities have waged a sweeping crackdown against the Ahwazi Arab people, arresting hundreds of people in recent weeks.
Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa argued that “the timing suggests that the Iranian authorities are using the attack in Ahwaz on 22 September 2018 as an excuse to lash out against members of the Ahwazi Arab people, including civil society and political activists, in order to crush dissent in Ahwaz.
Therefore, the Gulf European Centre for Human Rights expressed regret for these arrests and calls on the international community and human rights organisations to put pressure on the Iranian authorities to stop the campaign of arrests in Ahwaz and release immediately and unconditionally anyone being held solely for peaceful exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association or peaceful assembly or solely on account for their ethnic identity. GECHR, in particular, urges the Iranian authorities to release Mr Hattab al-Sari and his son and daughter Amna Al-Sari from the detention.