WATCH: Iranian woman rallies against ‘generation that brought down the Shah’

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

A video of a woman chanting slogans against the generation that overthrew the shah’s regime in the 1979 Iranian revolution has been widely shared on social networks by Iranian activists. She was also appealing to young people to continue their uprising to overthrow the Mullah’s regime. “I am a woman but I will stand in the frontlines with you young ones, because you represent the Iranian revolution,” she said to a crowd of demonstrators. The video shows crowds of young ...

Ahwaz citizens defy security forces as Iran protests enter fourth day

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Thousands of protesters took the streets in Ahwaz city on Saturday as mass demonstrations across various Iranian cities enter its fourth day in a row. Excessive force was used against protesters in Ahwaz, with several videos on social media showing anti-riot police beating several of them with batons and arrested a large group. At least three people are believed to dead and others were injured after Iran’s Revolutionary Guards shot at protesters in ‎Doroud, Loerstan province, in ...

Arabs in Iranian villages concerned about loss of their language

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Similar to the Turks, Kurds, Lors and Persians, Arabs live as the original inhabitants throughout Iran.The Arabs did not only live on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, its islands and the “Arabistan of Ahwaz” or “Khuzestan” provinces as they are officially called by the government, but the Arabs relatively inhabit Fares, Kerman, Khorasan, Samnan and Ilam provinces.Some documented historical research and studies confirm that Arabs lived in Iran hundreds of years before the ...

Arabs agitate in Ahwaz after seizure of farm lands

Friday, 8 December 2017

Thousands of Arab citizens demonstrated, on Friday, in the streets of the city of Ahwaz, the center of the Arabistan province, protesting against the confiscation of lands of Arab farmers. The demonstrators were showing solidarity with the residents of al-Jalizi village in the north of the region, who were violently attacked by the Iranian internal security. 60 people were arrested after being violently suppressed last Monday during their demonstrations against the confiscation of their lands by ...

Iran’s ethnolinguistic minorities continue to face forced assimilation

Monday, 6 November 2017

“Inclusive and quality education for all” is one of the goals of UN Education 2030 Agenda, which cannot be achieved unless all learners are given the foundation they need to thrive. UNESCO concentrates on the necessity of the mother tongue in the education and direct connection between education in mother tongue and sustainable development. However, for millions of ethnolinguistic minority communities in Iran education in their mother tongue and having a multilingual education system ...

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 ...

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