|AHRO's Karim Abdian meets|
UN Special Rapporteur Catarina de Albuquerque in Geneva
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.