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Ahwazi Arabs arrested in Eid clamp-down by Iran

The Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha was once a time for Ahwazi Arabs to celebrate their unique culture, but is now associated with the Iranian government's brutality. This year's Eid was marked by mass arrests as the regime sought to quash all public expressions of Arab identity.

Arrests were carried out in the districts of Kut Abdullah, Mohammareh (Khoramshahr) and Haidyeh throughout October with prisoners transferred to unknown locations. Human rights activists are concerned about their wellbeing and the probability that they are being tortured.

The Iranian socialist Union of People's Fedaian of Iran has published the names of eight of those known to be in detention:

  • Kut Abdullah: Towfigh Doraghi (36) and Ali Mazraa (41) were arrested on 30 October
  • Mohammareh (Khorramshahr): Jasem Khasraji (30, son of Mohammad), Amin Khanfari (20, son of Ghanem) and Hadi Abu Eissa (40, family name not yet confirmed) were arrested on 27 October
  • Haidyeh: Jabbar Abyat (38, married, son of Houssein), Ali Sayahi (27, married, son of Oodeh) and Abboud Manbohi (32, son of Sabhan) were arrested on 18-21 October