Iran arrests dozens of Ahwazi Arabs ahead of Eid al-Adha celebrations

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Iranian security forces arrested dozens of Arab activists and citizens in Ahwaz to prevent marches and celebrations during Eid al-Adha, the Ahwaz Human Rights Organization (AHRO) said in a statement which received a copy of. AHRO, which published the names of 35 detainees, said Iran must commit to the International Human Rights Council resolutions and respect freedoms and people’s right to peacefully gather and march. The organization also condemned the arrests which it ...

Forgotten Ahwazi victim remembered on international enforced disappearance day

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Yousef Silavi, a 58 year-old retired Ahwazi Arab, and a father of two, is one of the victims of enforced disappearance in Iran. He was abducted from his home in Ahwaz in early November 2009. In international human rights law, a forced disappearance or enforced disappearance occurs when a person is secretly abducted or imprisoned by a state or political organization or by a third party with the authorization, support, or acquiescence of a state or political organization. Followed by a refusal to ...

Ethnic, environmental protests may merge in Iranian election year

Friday, 21 April 2017

On May 19, Iran will elect its next president. While the president is not the country’s real power holder, these elections are especially important in light of the failing health of Iran’s Supreme Leader – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – the true center of power. It opens up the possibility of a double leadership transition in Iran in the upcoming year, making any political movements that much more impactful. Thus, it is important to turn attention to Iran’s border regions ...

Brenda Shaffer

ANALYSIS: ‘Ethnic restructuring’ behind Iranian oppression of Ahwazi Arabs

Friday, 14 April 2017

Already, the streets of Khuzestan (previously known as al-Ahwaz until it was annexed by Shah Reza Pahlavi’s forces in 1925), are seething with discontent, as hundreds of demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest against the conditions they have been forced to live in. But such is the ordinary Iranians disgust of the way that Ahwazis are being treated, many have already taken to the streets of Tehran in their support, and even though the Basij militia have been sent in to quell ...

Is ethnic restructuring a tool at the hands of Iranian regime?

Friday, 17 March 2017

The Iranian regime has finally got what it wanted in Syria to cement the final block of its Shiite Crescent, having forcibly removed millions of Sunnis from their homes, through horrific bombing campaigns carried out by both the Syrian and Russian air forces. They are now ethnically restructuring the Syrian landscape, by moving in Shiite migrants from across the region, who will be loyal to the Assad regime. However, such restructuring is nothing new to the Iranians; they first tested this ...

Ahwaz’s environmental woes at the epicenter of crisis in Iran

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Over recent days, Iran has been rocked by massive protests in its southwestern Arab-majority Khuzestan province as power stations have failed and water supplies have been cut off. Dust storms and poor weather in this region, where temperatures can easily exceed 50 Celsius, are being blamed for the breakdown in utilities. However, the underlying environmental crisis that has prompted the unrest is a greater threat to Iran’s existence than any internal or external enemy. If Tehran does not ...

Power outages bring Iranian city of Ahwaz to a halt

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Recurrent electricity cuts in the predominantly Arab region of Iran’s Khuzestan has paralyzed life in its capital city of Ahwaz.

WATCH: Ahwazi football fans protest against Assad’s Aleppo onslaught

Saturday, 17 December 2016

The protest occurred during a game in the Alghadir Stadium in the southwest province of Khuzestan

The controversial names of Ahwaz

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Al-Ahvaz, Al-Ahwaz, or Arabistan are controversial names for one land, including the Arab region adjacent to Iraq that also overlooks the northern Arabian Gulf. These names started to appear with the growing political movement against the government in Iran. Until the year 1925, this province was a semi-independent emirate governed by Sheikh Khazaael bin Jaber al-Kaabi, known by "Emir Arabistan" before the father Shah Reza Pahlavi invaded the region militarily and detained Sheikh ...

Experts: Iran accelerating the oppression of Arab Ahwazi minority

Monday, 2 November 2015

Tehran's regime continues to exercise suppression, discrimination and marginalization against those people, who stick to their Arabism, language, entity and social structure. This repression, which Tehran is practicing, is deliberately being blacked out.  

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