Ahwazi Arab women suffer a double persecution by the Iranian regime due to their ethnicity and their gender. The Ahwazi Arab homeland has more oil than the United Arab Emirates and more poverty than Palestine, due to the Iranian regime's policy of forced displacement, land confiscation, "ethnic restructuring" and Persianisation.
Groups representing Ahwazis are highlighting the plight of Ahwazi women currently imprisoned by the regime: Masouma Kaabi, Sakina Niassi, Fahima Ismail Badawi and Soghra Khdhirawi.
Fahimah, a teacher from the Kot Abdoudalla district, is another pregnant woman being held in prison. She is four months pregnant and is extremely ill with many fearing she could suffer a miscarriage. She is the wife of detainee Ali Madouri-Zadeh.
Meanwhile, 40-year-old Sakina (pictured), an imprisoned pregnant Ahwazi woman also being held in Sepidar prison, appears to have suffered a miscarriage as a result of her treatment in prison. Her life is at risk as she is reportedly receiving little or no medical treatment.
Soghra is being held with her four-year-old son Zeydan. She is in prison after her husband Khalaf Dehrab was murdered by the Iranian regime.
Masouma, 28, is being held in the notorious Sepidar prison with her four-year-old son Aimad (both pictured). The woman and baby have been imprisoned to punish Ahwazi political activist Habib Nabgani, Masouma's husband and Aimad's father, but Aimad is reported to have fallen ill due to poor prison conditions.
None of the women have been charged with any crime. The imprisonment of women and children is a tactic used by the regime to silence opposition among Ahwazi Arabs, who have staged a number of large anti-government demonstrations since last April's Ahwazi intifada when the regime lost control over parts of Al-Ahwaz in south-western Iran.
We demand that Ahwazi women and children be freed by the Iranian regime!
We demand that the European Union acts to protect Ahwazi women from oppression!
WE DEMAND AN END TO THE FASCIST ABUSE OF AHWAZI WOMEN!
WE DEMAND AN END TO THE EUROPEAN UNION'S SILENCE!
Ahwazi groups are staging a demonstration outside the European Commission's offices in Storey's Gate, London, on Saturday, 1pm-3pm
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