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Iran Roundtable: "Iran must implement Special Rapporteur's recommendations"

The report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, was presented to the UN General Assembly in October 22, 2013.
The report as the Special Rapporteur highlighted “does not detail all of the violations of human rights in the country reported to the Special Rapporteur, but does provide an overview of the prevailing human rights situation.”
Despite being barred from visiting Iran to investigate first hand conditions of prisons, prisoners and victims of human rights violations, the Special Rapporteur has documented a wide range of violations on freedom of expression and association, administration/misadministration of justice, women and children’s rights, freedom of religion and nationalities rights.
In regards to the systematic violations of the basic human rights of persons belonging to ethnic, linguistic or other minorities, including Arabs, Azeris, Baluchis and Kurds and their advocates, the Special Rapporteur recalls the General Assembly’s past concerns that called upon the IRI Government to eliminate all forms of discrimination and other human rights violations against those persons in law and in practice. Despite the Government of IRI’s assertion on its commitment to guaranteeing those rights in its second periodic report to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, submitted in May 2011, nevertheless, the Committee communicated its concern about the impact of State-sanctioned discrimination against minorities on the full enjoyment of a range of economic, social and cultural rights and made several recommendations in that regard. 
“The Committee also raised concerns about the extreme poverty and inadequate living standards facing ethnic minorities and urged the Islamic Republic of Iran to take immediate steps to improve access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, electricity, transportation facilities, schools and health-care centres in regions traditionally inhabited by ethnic minorities.” the report further added.
The Special Rapporteur has also included in his report a section on landmines, a hidden enemy that haunts the lives of many, especially children in the bordering provinces of West Azarbijan, Kurdistan, Kirmanshah, Iram and Khuzestan (Al-Ahwaz).  According to 2012 report by the head IRI mining centre, 20 million mines and explosives had been buried across approximately 42,000 km along the border of those 5 provinces during the Iran-Iraq war.
According to the Special Rapporteur’s report, In April 2013, a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the IRI’s Majlis criticized celebrations for the conclusion of the demining process in Kermanshah Province, stating that “human casualties still occurred because of the lack of demining, and that the interior and defence ministers still had a responsibility to demine the contaminated areas and to protect people’s lives from the dangers caused by the detonators remaining from the war.  As recently as this month, 8 school children fell victim to this hidden enemy in the city of Mariwan.  The IRI Revolutionary Guards units blamed the Kurdish opposition groups.”
Part of Dr. Shaheed’s report on the horrendous human rights conditions in Iran is the effects of sanctions on the economic rights of ordinary Iranians.  While IRI officials claim that sanctions have had little or no effect on the country, and in contrary, have made Iran self-sufficient on many fronts, the Special Rapparteur’s report paints a different picture:
  • Gross domestic product reportedly contracted by an estimated 3 per cent in 2012 and is predicted to further contract by approximately 1.2 per cent in the coming year. Staggering inflation, estimated to have peaked at 30 per cent in 2012/13 and forecast to hover above 20 per cent for the next three years, has had a dramatic effect on the standard of living. Furthermore, Government cuts made in December 2010 to subsidies for social welfare programmes, which contribute to low prices of imported foodstuffs and medications, have reportedly contributed to raising the costs of basic commodities, such as cooking oil, fruit, vegetables, meat and nuts.
  • They also stress that the supply of advanced medicines, which treat the most serious illnesses, are particularly affected. In this regard, a number of reports indicate that shortages of drugs for the treatment of such diseases as cancer, heart disease, thalassemia, HIV/AIDS, haemophilia and multiple sclerosis, as well as shortages in the materials necessary to repair and maintain medical equipment, are having a profoundly worrisome impact on access to life-saving medical measures in the country.  According to the report, a former Iranian Health Minister is reported to have maintained that of the $2.5 billion earmarked for foreign exchange necessary to meet the import needs of the medical sector in 2012, only $650 million was provided, intimating that the funds were misallocated.
  • In its response to the request of the Special Rapporteur for its observations on the impact of sanctions on human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the United Nations Children’s Fund office in the country highlighted much of the aforementioned concerns and pointed to local newspaper reports that mention the increasing number of homeless working children and elderly persons and the rise in the phenomenon of “street women”. 
Iran Roundtable, while alarmed by the deplorable human rights and dire economic conditions in Iran under the IRI, welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, and hopes that the authorities in IRI take the issue of human rights in Iran serious and act upon the recommendations made by the Special Rapporteur in his report.

Iran Roundtable also calls upon the IRI authorities to reconsider their longstanding defiance with the international community by reversing their harmful and unnecessary disputed nuclear program.  This approach will not only relieve Iranians from the dreadful effects of sanctions, as well illustrated in the Special Rapporteur’s report, but also, if coupled with improved human rights conditions and freedom for all Iranians inside the country will, no doubt, make Iran an effective, strong and responsible member of the international community.

Press TV confirms screening of torture "confessions"

The forced "confessions" of Ahwazi Arab political prisoners, who were subjected to months of torture, will be shown on 18 November, according to Press TV's schedule.

In a recent email, the production department, headed by Amir Tajik, had confirmed the "confessions" would be broadcast in November in a documentary entitled "Lost in Darkness".

Press TV aired a preview of the documentary in July. The one minute advertisement showed Ali Chebeishat (47), Sayed Yassin Mousavi (35) and Salman Chayan (32) admitting responsibility for attacking pipelines. Televised confessions are used by the Iranian regime to humiliate peaceful opponents and justify execution to the Iranian public and the wider world.

In a mockery of any standards of justice, Press TV filmed the "confessions" before the trial and is now planning to air them even though their appeals have yet to be determined by the Supreme Court. The confirmation of broadcast also undermines Press TV's widely disbelieved claims of political independence from the Iranian regime and suggests the English language channel, now banned throughout Europe, is tied closely to the dreaded Ministry of Intelligence.

All three men are members of the Youth of Shush Cultural Institute. Chebeishat, a well-known poet from the village of Khalaf Kaab Imsallam near Shush, was subjected to barbaric physical and psychological torture, which led to him sustaining broken ribs by his interrogators. Some of the torture was carried out in front of his sons. In July, Chebeishat, Mousawi and Chayan staged a hunger strike in protest against their torture and ill-treatment while being held at an intelligence service detention facility in Ahwaz.

Chebeishat and Mousavi were condemned to death in September by judge Seyed Mohammad Bagher Moussavi at Branch 2 of Ahwaz Revolutionary Court, while Chayan was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment in exile in Yazd. The judge is currently the subject of European Council sanctions for his role in human rights atrocities against Ahwazi Arabs.

The European Council has also imposed sanctions on head of IRIB World Service and Press TV Muhammad Sarafraz and Press TV newsroom director Hamid Reza Emadi, who were found responsible "for producing and broadcasting the forced confessions of detainees, including jour­nalists, political activists, persons belonging to Kurdish and Arab minorities and violating internationally recognised rights to a fair trial and due process." Sanctions entail asset freezes and travel bans.

Trailer for Press TV's documentary "Lost in Darkness"

Blacklash over Iranian Vice-President's Karoun visit; MPs threaten resignation

Vice-President in staged meeting with fake protesters
Ahwaz environmentalists and protesters hit back at Vice-President Masoumeh Ebtekar's fleeting visit to the Karoun River today with Khuzestan governor Abdolhoseyn Moqtadai, claiming they were not invited and that the "protesters" on display for the cameras were paid government employees.

The government is keen to bring to an end a series of growing peaceful protests, which have drawn international attention to an environmental crisis that the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) claims is on a par with the deforestation of the Amazon and the desiccation of the Aral Sea.

During her 10 minute visit to the river, she brushed aside questions from one of the few genuine protesters present who asked her whether she would drink the local tap water, which is dangerous for human consumption. Another told her that the place she was taken for photographs was the widest part of the river and that elsewhere the scene was far less beautiful. While Moqtadai laughed off mild criticism, Ebtekar remained indifferent and silent.

Meanwhile, the province's 18 members of parliament have threatened their collective resignation over the pollution and drying of the region's waterways and marshes as the government steps up its dam construction and river diversion programmes, according to Iranian media sources.

Ahwaz member of parliament Sayyed Sharif Hosseini warned that the environmental problems affecting the Karoun had to be dealt with through legal means or some may seek illegal means to pursue the issue. Speaking in parliament, Hosseini assured the people of Ahwaz that so long as the MPs were their representatives they would not allow Karoun's water to stop. He added that the fight for the Karoun must be pursued through cultural means and through proper channels and not allow it to become a political issue.

The province's members of parliament have in the past vowed to resign over the controversial dam projects that are destroying the Karoun, but have never carried out their threat despite the escalating crisis.

Protesters have submitted to Ebtekar a list environmental problems in the region. The issues include the effects of low river water flow on the Hor Al-Azim (Huwaizeh) and Shadegan (Falahiyeh) marshes, which are being drained in a project reminiscent of Saddam Hussein's marsh destruction in Iraq.

  1. Karoun's diversion to central provinces
  2. Dust and resulting health problems
  3. The diversion of Dez river to Qum city
  4. The crises of Goutwand dam
  5. Catastrophic consequences of water dam building
  6. The catastrophic effects of drought on the Hor Al-Azim (Howayzeh) marshes in addition to destructive impacts of local oil companies
  7. The effects of drought and pollution from oil, metal and chemical production on Shadegan (Falahyeh) marsh
  8. The pollution of rivers by sugar cane projects and the effects of agricultural waste waters and stubble burning on drinking water and human health.
  9. The catastrophic crisis affecting Zoherh River in Hendijan (Hendian) due to the low volume of water
  10. The pollution of the Jarahi and Maroun rivers by oil companies
  11. The crisis of the marine environment at Khour Mousa (Bandar-e-Emam)
  12. Pollution caused by petrochemical companies in Mahshahr and Emam ports
  13. Deforestation in Izeh, Baghmalek, Behbahan and Dezful
  14. The destruction of the Izeh marsh
  15. The destruction of the Bamdej marsh
  16. The effect of industrial and residential waste water on the Karoun
  17. The deaths of many native yellow deer in Shush and Dezful
  18. Air pollution caused by smoke from the oil industry in cities such as Omidiyeh, Ahwaz, Masjed Soulayman, Haftgel and Dasht-e-azadegan (Khafajyeh)
  19. Pollution caused by the unmonitored burial of huge quantities of rubbish, which is leading to the spread of disease
  20. Pollution caused by the steel and reg Foulad Khuzestan steel plant and the Abadan refinery
  21. The death of hundreds of palm trees in Shadegan (Falahiyeh), Khorramshahr (Mohammerah) and Abadan
  22. The drying of the Maleh River, a Karoun tributary, and oil pollution in the river

Ahwazi Arabs lead the campaign to Save Karoun River

AHRO's Karim Abdian meets
UN Special Rapporteur Catarina de Albuquerque in Geneva
Ahwazi Arabs are stepping up the campaign to Save the Karoun River, calling on the intervention of the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation Catarina de Albuquerque.

Dr Karim Abdian, director of the Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation (AHRO), first raised the issue of the Karoun's diversion  at the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in May-June 2005, warning of the consequences of dams along the Karkhe and Karoun rivers on the indigenous Ahwazi Arab inhabitants.

Last year, he met with UN Special Rapporteur Catarina de Albuquerque and provided details of the impact of the dam programme, which caused the forced displacement of thousands of Ahwazi Arabs and destroyed their farms and fisheries.

Ahwazi groups are calling on Special Rapporteur de Albuquerque to support the voice of the many hundreds of Ahwaz residents who are now demonstrating regularly along the river banks.

The destruction of the Karoun has brought together environmentalists, Ahwazi rights activists, scientists and others in opposition to the Iranian regime's pillage of natural resources in the Al-Ahwaz region.

Saving Karoun is Saving "Life"! Let’s help it stay alive!

Statement by Ahwaz Cultural Centre (Meshdakh)

Karoun River is the largest and most effluent river running in the south west of Iran, and the source of livelihood of the Arab and Bakhtiari people since the old times, has seen the rise of the first human civilization alongside its banks. 

This river has been the inspiration for the Hammurabi’s Code of Laws (Code of Hammurabi, 1790 BC), the first written laws in human history.

It was not that long ago when the painting canvases of the French lady, Mrs. Dieulafoy, were adorned with paintings of the lions living in the groves alongside this river, during her three trips over the river between 1881 and 1886. Lion Frieze painting is on display at the Louvre.

Not too long has gone by since the British (Lynch brothers, 1888), after travelling thousands of miles, succeeded in signing the largest trade agreement in their time, i.e. permission to navigate in Karoun.

The reddish color of the river due to the muddy waters during flooding and the verdure and tranquility of the woods alongside the river, during the history of this river have not only been a source of life and livelihood for the people, but have also exhilarated the sentiments of poets, songwriters and singers and created the most exquisite chants and the most epic poems and the most sentimental tales.

But Karoun has been living in misery and agony for a long time.

The seemingly ambitious economic plans such as development and expansion of sugarcane production and transferring the headwaters of Karoun to inlands, in addition to excessive and haphazard building of dams and without proper ecological studies, have not only diminished the flow of water in the river bed, but have also caused the discharge of pollutants, the urban sewage and hospital waste and lethal drainage of effluents from under the sugarcane farms into the river.

Today, it has become crystal clear that planning and executing such projects, regardless of any overt or covert reason and any rivalry inside the regime among the powerful circle in the capital, have not only not benefited the people, but also calls us for labeling such “foolish ambitions”  as “deliberate genocide”.

Now, and at a time when the exuberant, dynamic and mindful youth of Ahwaz, instead of rejoicing and celebrating the New Year (Eid) have determined to hold hands and make a human chain to prevent the death of this life-giving river, we stand by these youth and call upon all the freedom loving people around the world who cherish life to stand by this humanitarian movement.

Thousands protest in Ahwaz to save Karoun River

Thousands of Ahwaz City residents of all social backgrounds and ages gathered to hold hands along the banks of the Karoun River yesterday to protest against its destruction.

Residents of Ahwaz, supported by scientists and local members of parliament, are pressing Vice-President Masoumeh Ebtaker who also heads the Environmental Protection Organisation, to stop the drying of the river and restore it to its former glory. They are also bringing attention to the problem of air pollution in Ahwaz, which is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the world's most polluted city. The crowds along the banks swelled and the protest became noisier as the day wore on and night fell as locals vented their anger and called for greater environmental controls.

The official government propaganda media has reacted by accusing environmentalist critics of being US-sponsored separatists and denying the environmental problems facing Ahwaz. Meanwhile, the Iranian media has largely ignored the mass protests, which have been mobilised through social media, in order to repress the peaceful environmental movement

The Karoun is Iran's largest and only navigable river, but it is threatened by a massive dam construction project that is siphoning off billions of cubic metres a year to other provinces, particularly Isfahan.

In place of the constant flow of water from the Zagros mountains is toxic saline waste water from heavy industry and intensive agriculture, particularly sugar plantations, as well as human sewerage.

The untreated water is pumped into people's homes with no attempt to purify it, causing severe illnesses such as dysentery, cholera, typhoid, various cancers and dermatitis. Meanwhile, fauna and flora that rely on the the river waters are being eradicated and the ancient marshes are drying up.

Controversy surrounds the Koohrang-3 tunnel, which is currently under construction and is set to transfer 255 million cubic metres of water per annum to Zayandeh Rood in Isfahan. The diverted waters will be used for agro-industrial projects, instead of irrigating traditional Arab lands where food staples are grown, such as rice and wheat. Already, three tunnels transfer around 1.1 billion cubic metres of water from the Karoun and its tributaries to Isfahan every year.

Save Karoun River campaign website

Solidarity from Iranian environmentalist in Canada
The Save Karoun River movement has launched a website and begun a campaign on Twitter to draw global attention to the destruction of one of the Middle East's most ecologically important rivers.

The website - - is a non-partisan attempt to generate international awareness over what the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has claimed is "comparable only to the deforestation rates of Amazonia and the desiccation of the Aral Sea."

Meanwhile, activists are encouraging supporters worldwide to upload to social media a photograph themselves, preferably identifying where they are, with a print-out of the hashtag #SaveKarounRiver.

Following a protest in Ahwaz City, the Save Karoun movement has exploded in social media with thousands signing up to Facebook groups to protest at the drying of Iran's largest river and its impact on the ecology and human welfare.

Concerns grow for Ahwazi death row inmates

Mohammad Ali Amouri
Concerns are growing over the health and welfare of two Ahwazi Arab death row inmates.

Human rights activists report that Mohammad Ali Amouri is suffering chest pains due to a possible heart problem, while Hadi Rashedi has a severe bowel obstruction. Prison officers are reportedly refusing medical assistance.

Both men were members of a cultural association, Al-Hewar, that promoted Arabic language and literature among Ahwazi youth. A total of five members of Al-Hewar were sentenced to death.

Mohammad Ali Amouri is a UNHCR-registered refugee who was illegally refouled to Iran by the Iraqi authorities, under pressure from an Iraqi Consul General. 

Rashedi was recently taken from Karoon Prison and held for three weeks at an unknown location where he was tortured. He had pledged to begin a hunger strike if he was taken from prison, despite his ill health.

Ahwazis unite against Iran's dam project

The drying of the River Karoun is becoming a rallying point for Ahwazi Arabs, who have accused the Iranian regime of presiding over an ecological disaster on a par with the destruction of the Amazon.

Environmental campaigners in Ahwaz City formed a human chain along the Karoun this week in protest at the river diversion project. The mega-project involves the construction of dams and tunnels to divert water away from Iran's largest river which flows through the city and is essential for farming, drinking water and the local ecology.

Controversy surrounds the Koohrang-3 tunnel, which is currently under construction and is set to transfer 255 million cubic metres of water per annum to Zayandeh Rood in Isfahan. The diverted waters will be used for agro-industrial projects, instead of irrigating traditional Arab lands where food staples are grown, such as rice and wheat. Already, three tunnels transfer around 1.1 billion cubic metres of water from the Karoun and its tributaries to Isfahan every year.

Currently, there are seven dams and tunnels diverting Karoun's water with a further 19 dams under construction as well as 12 dams on Karkheh river basin and five dams on Jarrahi river basin. Twelve of these dams have built in Lorestan province in the Karoun and Karkheh basins, which store 800 million cubic metres for local use. Two dams have built in Ilam province on Karkheh river basin with annual storage capacity 1.04 billion cubic metres. Three dams have been built in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province on Jarrahi River with annual capacity of 1.24 billion cubic metres. So far, 25 dams with total capacity of 10.44 billion cubic metres have into operation in the Karoun basin. These dams are located in Chahar Mahaal and Bakhtiari province, Lorestan province and the north part of Al-Ahwaz (Khuzestan).

Due to the dam projects, around half the Karoun's water flow is now waste water. This will reach 90 per cent when Iran's dam building project is completed, according to Iranian scientists. The Karkheh and Jarrahi tributaries are now almost dried up and Ahwazi activists fear the Karoun - Iran's only navigable river - will now dry up. Already, the region's marshlands on which many Ahwazi Arabs traditionally depend for their livelihoods are a fraction of their former size due to the dam projects. 

One of the groups campaigning against the destruction of the Karoun, the Patriotic Arab Democratic Movement in Ahwaz (PADMAZ), has claimed that as a result of the dam projects "the Ahwazi environment will be destroyed and Ahwazi Arab will be forced to move to other cities in addition to contracting intestinal and renal diseases and different kinds of cancer... This will speed up the Iranian colonial plan of ethnic cleansing of Ahwazi Arabs."

Extrajudicial execution of Ahwazi in Falahiya

Iranian security forces shot dead an Ahwazi Arab man in Falahiya (Shadegan) on the morning of 23 September, according to reliable sources.

Ridha Qentari (Abu Khanfar), 25 years old, was killed when Iranian forces used live ammunition indiscriminately to disperse Ahwazi Arabs who had gathered for the funeral of another man, who was believed to have been killed the previous day. He was unarmed and posed no danger.

The website of the National Resistance of Al-Ahwaz has named three members of the security and police forces who its says were responsible for the killing:

  • Police officer Corporal Mohammed Sanaie, who shot Qentari.
  • Corporal Karimi, a police officer based in Falahiya
  • Lieutenant Saifullah Fatemi Soukht, known as Farhadi, the chief of the investigation section of the city's security forces.

Second pipeline bomb attack in a month by Ahwazi rebels

The latest in a string of pipeline explosions has been claimed as a bomb attack by the Brigade of the Martyr Ali Al-Matouri in the early hours of 15 October.

The group blew up a gas pipeline in the Khalafiya area. It follows another gas pipeline explosion near Falahiyeh (Shadegan) on 24 September, which was claimed by the Brigade of the Martyr Mohieldain al-Naser. Both units are associated with the armed wing of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Al-Ahwaz (ASMLA). The Brigade of the Martyr Ali Al-Matouri derives its name from an Ahwazi Arab dissident who was executed in December 2006.

ASMLA said the latest attack was carried out using an improvised explosive device and was timed to coincide with negotiations between Iran and world powers in Geneva. The group said that Arabs, Balochis and Kurds were escalating their resistance campaign and said that "ignoring us in the regional equation in the political negotiation represents a strategic blunder."

ASMLA reaffirmed its objective of "full Arab sovereignty and the declaration of the Ahwazi Arab nation's freedom and independence".

"Moderate" Rouhani intensifies Iran's human rights abuses against Arabs

President Hassan Rouhani, has stepped up the Iranian regime's arbitrary arrests, imprisonment and death sentences against Ahwazi Arabs since coming to power.

Ahwazi rights activists have also reported an increase in physical and psychological torture by the Iranian intelligence services, while the secretive Revolutionary Courts have issued more life terms, death sentences and internal exile against indigenous Arabs. The Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation (AHRO) has condemned the arrests and persecution of Ahwazi Arab activists and other civil activists and has called on the Islamic Republic to free them immediately.

The arrests are being synchronised with a propaganda campaign with Iranian English language television channel, Press TV, planning to broadcast the forced confessions of three Ahwazi torture victims.

Death penalty
Before Rouhani's election, in February the Iranian Supreme Court issued death sentences against 11 Ahwazi Arab political prisoners who remain on death row waiting imminent execution. They have not been given clemency or a reduction in their sentence by the president, who is wrongly hailed as a "moderate" by the Western media:
  • Hadi Rashedi
  • Hashem Shabani
  • Mohammad Ali Amouri
  • Jaber Alboshoka
  • Mokhtar Alboshoka
  • Ali Chabishat Kaabi 
  • Sayed Yassin Mousavi
  • Abdul Reza Amir Khanafereh
  • Ghazi Abbasi
  • Abdul Amir Moujadami
  • Jasem Moughadam
Internal exile
During the last few weeks the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Ahwaz has issued 20 years imprisonments and 10 years with exile of 9 Ahwazi activists and the following names were confirmed:
  • Hassan Naseri, 20 years imprisonment and exile to Sabzevar city
  • Ahmad Dabbat, 20 years imprisonment in Rasht (North of Iran) city
  • Ali Kenani (Jaajaa), 20 years imprisonment in Sari
  • Abbas Sagouri, 15 years in Hamadan
  • Ahmad Kaabi (Zegheibi) 15 years in Kerman
  • Jaafar Kaabi, 15 years in Yazd
  • Sajad Beyt Abdullah, 15 years in Gorgan city
  • Yousef Khazraji, 10 years in Shiraz
  • Maher Kaabi (Zegheibi), 10 years to unknown place
They were sentenced by Branch 1 of the Dezful Revolutionary Court for “waging war against God, corruption on earth, and acting against the national security” due to alleged contacts with foreign human rights organisations. All were arrested, detained and tortured by the Ministry of Intelligence.

In early October this year the Iranian security forces arrested 15 Ahwazi Arab civilians while attending a traditional poetry festival. They are currently suffering severe physical and mental torture:
  • Mohammad Ali Alelah
  • Mheibes Bereihi
  • Ahmad Delfieh
  • Habib Mazraah
  • Sajad Chaabawi
  • Ahmad Karaji
  • Hassan Bawi
  • Houssin Bawi
  • Saeed Karaji
  • Hamed Rahmati
  • Mohammad Fatheli
  • Reza Arshak
  • Karim  Bereihi
  • Jamal Jarbawi
  • Mahmoud Aetabi  
In Ahwaz City, 18 Ahwazi Arabs were put in trial at Branch 4 of the Revolutionary Court on charges of conversion to Sunnism, propagating "Wahhabism" and opposing the Islamic Republic. The men were arrested at Arabic and Quran classes in the Mallashiyeh area of Ahwaz. One of those arrested claimed he was tortured after denying having any association with a foreign Sunni Arab cleric. The security services confiscated a number of religious books and CDs, but found no evidence that they were involved in any violent activities. They were released with a hefty surety of two to three billion rials each in order to prevent them from fleeing the country, which would leave their families in further financial hardship.

Date of arrest
Period of detention
Date of release
Mansouri (Assadi)
40 days
Mansouri (Mazrea)
16 days
40 days
Norooz (Nezar)
36 days
Marwaneh (Khazraji)
24 days
40 days
40 days
Marwaneh (Khasraji)
25 days
Malek (Maki)
Albosowaid (Silawi)
16 days
Bawi (Nasseri)
16 days
16 days
16 days
Boazar (Sillawi)
16 days
Nemati (Silawi)
16 days
16 days
Bait Sayah
16 days
40 days
40 days
40 days