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Iran security thwart pipeline bomb attack by Ahwazi insurgents

The Iranian army today defused a bomb placed on the Abadan-Mahshahr oil pipeline, according to local reports.

The police claim they arrived at 16:45 local time and the army defused the bomb at 18:00. There were no reported casualties or damage. The bomb was allegedly placed near the Khordoragh pump station, which receives petroleum from Abadan Refinery through a set of 26" pipeline and moves it to Mahshahr for export or other usage.

The region has seen six successful bomb attacks on oil and gas installations this year. The most recent occurred three days ago when a gas pipeline between Fallahiyeh and Rasalmina (Sarbandar), which is believed to supply a petrochemicals complex, was blown up.

The official media refuse to report pipeline attacks. An attack on a pipeline in October 2012 was dismissed as a technical fault, but the regime has since sentenced two men to death and one man for 25 years on charges of blowing up the pipeline and a railway. Although the Iranian regime has 

Province du Khuzestân nouvelle attaque d’un pipe line du régime Iranien

Article by Collectif Solidarité Iran Paris

Des Insurgés Arabes Ahwazis d’Iran,  ont attaqué un gazoduc  durant la nuit  du 26 au 27 novembre 2013, c’est  la sixième attaque de pipeline de ce type qui a eu lieu cette année. Le gazoduc qui est censé fournir un complexe pétrochimique, reliant les villes de Fallahiyeh et Rasalmina (Sarbandar en Arabe) a été attaqué à minuit heure locale Iranienne.
L’attaque a été annoncée et revendiquée par Habib Nabgan l’un des porte-paroles   du groupe de résistance Arabe Ahwazi  du Mouvement pour la libération de l’Al- Ahwaz ou ASMLA.  Qui a déclaré que l’opération avait été réalisée par la brigade duMartyr Majid al-Baghbeh et par le bataillon des brigades du Martyr Mohieldain al-Naser, l’aile militaire de l’ ASMLA.
Habib Nabgan a déclaré: "L’opération héroïque fait partie d’une série d’opérations spéciales de la vaillante résistance nationale Ahwazie qui cible les installations de pétrole et de gaz qui sont l’épine dorsale de l’économie iranienne et qui sont d’une grande importance stratégique pour le régime de Téhéran. Nos bataillons courageux ont porté la un coup douloureux  destiné à paralyser l’économie déjà dégradée de la république islamique d’Iran " .
La déclaration a également été salué l’Armée Baloutche de la Justice ou mouvementJaish ul -Adl  qui s’était illustrée dans une récente attaque dans l’est de l’Iran, au cours de laquelle 17 gardes-frontières Iraniens avaient été tués . En réponse  et a titre"d’exemple"  le gouvernement iranien avait fait exécuter 17 prisonniers politique Baloutches, alors que ceux ci n’avaient jamais fait parti du mouvement armé du  Jaish ul -Adl  et qu’ils avaient déjà été condamnés à des peines de prison bien avant l’attaque en question. Les deux mouvements du  Jaish ul-Adl et de l’ ASMLA partagent le même objectif ,celui de  mettre fin à ce qu’ils considèrent comme l’occupation Perse illégitime de leurs terres .
L’ASMLA semble avoir pris une décision stratégique  en ne s’attaquant plus qu’a  des infrastructures industrielles considérées comme essentielles, afin d’entraîner des coûts importants pour le gouvernement iranien sans faire de pertes humaines . Ses activités de sabotage au cours des deux dernières années,  se sont exclusivement portées contre des industries  du gaz  et de la pétrochimie des pipelines et des voies de chemins de fer.
Avant ce changement apparent dans ses tactiques militaire, les attaques revendiquées parl’ASMLA incluaient des assassinats de policiers responsables de violences envers la population du Khuzestân  et de Clercs religieux extrémistes Iraniens, ainsi que des  attaques contre des bâtiments administratifs et des banques d’État de la ville d’Ahwaz appartenant au gouvernement de la "république Islamique d’Iran". Cette stratégie de changement  de cibles par ce groupe semble être destinée à empêcher des Arabes Awhazis innocents d’être accusés à tort d’assassinats politiques, ainsi que de veiller à ne pas s’aliéner une partie de la communauté Arabe de la ville d’Ahvaz et de sa région.
Habib Nabgan a également appelé à la résistance à lutter contre ce que son groupe appelle  les: "terroristes médiatiques du régime de la république Islamique" , une possible  référence à  Press-TV.ir  une des principales chaines télévisées de propagande du régime iranien qui  avait récemment diffusée un "documentaire filmé a titre de preuves" dans lequel trois prisonniers politiques Arabes Ahwazis *1 avaient étés contraints par la forces et sous  la torture de se "confesser" en " avouant avoir fait des à des attaques à la bombe", deux de ces  prisonniers politique ont  été condamnés à mort , tandis que le troisième à été lui condamné à une peine d’emprisonnement de 25 ans .
Dans une interview accordée a la chaine  Al- Wesal- TV , le 24 novembre 2013dernierHabib Nabgan avait  avait déclaré que les allégations mensongères du "documentaire"de Press-TV.ir  étaient "Fausses, contradictoires et fabriquées de toutes pièces".  Il a rajouté et précisé ensuite  que les secteurs du pétrole et du gaz étaient les seules cible du groupe de résistance de l’AMSLA et conclu en disant: "Nous condamnons dans nos actions toutes attaques contre des civils. Nous déclarons également  que nos actions de résistance vont continuer à augmenter. Et qu’elles  se feront désormais en coordination avec  l’Armée de la Justice Baloutche et le groupe de résistance du PJAK Kurde".
Notes voir aussi sur:-*1 Press-TV.ir filme des confessions de prisonniers politiques extorquées sous la torture.
http://www.ahwaziarabs.info/2013/11/press-tvs-torture-confessions-by-ahwazi.html

Ahwazi insurgents attack gas pipeline

Ahwazi Arab insurgents attacked a key gas pipeline last night, the sixth pipeline attack so far this year.

The gas pipeline, which is believed to supply a petrochemicals complex, runs between Fallahiyeh and Rasalmina (Sarbandar) and was attacked at midnight local time.

The attack was announced by the spokesman for the Ahwaz Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Al-Ahwaz (ASMLA), Habib Nabgan. He stated the operation was carried out by the Majid al-Baghbeh Martyr Battalion of the Brigades of the Martyr Mohieldain al-Naser, ASMLA's military wing.

Nabgan said: "The heroic operation is one of a series of special operations of the valiant Ahwazi national resistance, which is targeting oil and gas facilities that are the backbone of the Iranian economy and are of strategic importance. The courageous battalions directed a painful hit to paralyse the already deteriorating economy."

The statement also praised the Balochi Army of Justice (Jaish ul-Adl) for a recent attack in the east of Iran in which 17 Iranian border guards were killed. In response, the Iranian government executed 17 Balochi prisoners who are not believed to be involved in any insurgency and were already sentenced to prison terms well before the attack. Both Jaish ul-Adl and ASMLA share the same goal, to end what they see as illegitimate Persian occupation of their lands.

ASMLA appears to have taken a strategic decision to attack critical infrastructure in order to cause significant costs to the Iranian government without human casualties. Its operations over the past two years have exclusively focused on the infrastructure associated with the oil, gas and petrochemicals industries, including pipelines and railways.

Before this apparent change in tactics, attacks claimed by ASMLA included assassinations of policemen and hardline clerics as well as attacks on buildings in Ahwaz City belonging to the government and state banks. The group's changing strategy may be intended to prevent innocent Ahwazis from being wrongly charged with murder as well as ensuring that they do not alienate themselves from the wider Ahwazi Arab community.

Nabgan also referred to resistance against "media terrorists", possibly referring to the Iranian regime's Press TV which broadcast a documentary in which three Ahwazi Arab political prisoners were forced to "confess" to bomb attacks; two were subsequently sentenced to death and one was given a 25 year jail sentence.

In an interview with Al-Wesal TV on 24 November, Nabgan said the Press TV claims were "false, contradictory and fabricated". He added that the oil and gas sector was the group's only target as "we condemn targeting of civilians" and that the resistance will continue to increase, especially "in co-ordination with the [Balochi] Army of Justice and [Kurdish] PJAK."

À Ahwaz province Iranienne du Khuzestan les pluies acides empoisonnent la population


Ahvaz, à l’ouest de l’Iran, est confrontée à une grave catastrophe industrielle, peut-être la pire que connaît le monde depuis la fuite chimique de Bhopal, en Inde, en 1984, qui aurait fait plus de 20 000 morts.

Depuis le début du mois de novembre, plusieurs milliers de ses habitants ont été hospitalisés après la chute de pluies acides. Une ville plongée dans un épais brouillard, des gens respirant à travers des masques chirurgicaux : les images tournées à Ahvaz (comme ici en 2009) ne sont pas sans rappeler celles qu’on peut régulièrement voir de Pékin.

Sauf que selon les chiffres révélés par l’Organisation mondiale de la santé, la capitale du Khuzestan est trois fois plus polluée que la capitale chinoise. L’OMS la place même au premier rang des villes les plus polluées du monde.

La semaine dernière, plus de 2 000 personnes souffrant de difficultés respiratoires provoquées par des pluies acides se sont rendues en urgence dans les centres hospitaliers de la ville. Depuis le début du mois, ces pluies ont fait plus de 20 000 malades, selon les estimations de médias locaux. Mais le chiffre pourrait bien être revu à la hausse.

D’après le site d’information Farsnews, repris par Ahwaz News Agency, le gouverneur de la province a interdit aux hôpitaux de divulguer le nombre de personnes admises pour des problèmes respiratoires. Pour Ahmad Reza Lahijanzadeh, responsable provincial de la protection environnementale, cité par le site Iran Pulse, ces précipitations acides seraient dues à une forte présence de nitrates dans l’air. Une analyse que confirme Sasan Mogahi, de l’hôpital Jondi Shapour. Pour lui, c’est l’activité pétrolière et les feux déclenchés dans les champs de canne à sucre après les récoltes qui seraient en cause.


En réaction, les autorités locales ont ordonné la fermeture provisoire des écoles primaires et des crèches dans de nombreuses villes de la région, et ont recommandé aux parents de ne pas laisser sortir leurs enfants. Les activités industrielles, en revanche, non pas été suspendues.

Ahad, 22 ans, est commerçant à Ahvaz:

"Les conditions climatiques ont toujours été mauvaises à Ahvaz, autant que je me souvienne. Mais ça empire chaque année. Cette année, nous avons connu des tempêtes de poussière et, plus récemment, des pluies acides qui rendent les gens malades. La dernière fois, j’ai dû moi-même me rendre à l’hôpital parce que j’avais des difficultés à respirer. Là-bas, les personnes à qui j’ai eu affaire n’ont pas trop su quoi faire. Elles m’ont simplement donné des médicaments et m’ont placé sous assistance respiratoire. J’ai dû débourser 100 000 tomans (environ 30 euros). Il y avait beaucoup de gens, essentiellement des enfants et des personnes âgées, et le personnel médical semblait dépassé. Au bout d’une heure ou deux, j’ai finalement pu rentrer chez moi. 

"Mercredi dernier, une nouvelle pluie acide a rendu beaucoup de gens malades. D’après ce que j’ai entendu dire, des milliers de personnes se sont rendues à l’hôpital. Les gens qui se sont opposés au barrage sur le fleuve Karoun veulent maintenant manifester contre la pollution et les conditions de vie insupportables qui font ressembler Ahvaz à une ville fantôme, comme après une explosion nucléaire.

"Les affaires marchent mal, en particulier l’après-midi où la pollution est si importante que nous devons fermer nos magasins. Les gens sont inquiets, ils se sentent misérables. Ahvaz a souffert pendant 25 ans des ravages de la guerre. Elle est l’une des villes les moins bien pourvues en équipement urbain du pays alors qu’elle est située dans une région riche en pétrole. On dirait que la ville est maudite."

Mais Ahvaz n’est pas un cas à part. Dans le classement de l’OMS des villes les plus polluées du monde, trois villes iraniennes – Ahvaz, Sanandaj et Yasouj – figurent parmi les dix premières. En décembre dernier, le conseiller du ministre de la Santé, Hassan Aghajani, a rapporté aux médias iraniens que 4 460 personnes étaient décédées à cause de la pollution entre mars 2011 et mars 2012.

Article écrit avec la collaboration d’Omid Habibinia, journaliste free-lance, et de François-Damien Bourgery (@FDBourgery), journaliste à FRANCE 24.

Thousands hospitalised in Ahwaz industrial disaster

Thousands more residents of Ahwaz City required urgent medical treatment this week in an ongoing environmental disaster that experts are linking to local industrial projects.

This week, over 2,000 people have been taken ill as a result of air pollution with the official toll this month exceeding 20,000. The actual level is likely to be far higher as many city residents have either not sought help or have attended private clinics which do not feature in official statistics.

Primary schools and nurseries in many cities have been closed and parents have been told to keep children indoors. The provincial governor's only response to the crisis has been to order hospitals not to release any more casualty figures for people admitted to emergency departments with respiratory illness.

Heavy rains have brought down acid rain, although the toxic downpours themselves are not responsible for the health crisis. The industrial pollutants that cause acid rain - sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide - are responsible for the outbreak of respiratory problems with intensive care wards being filled with the elderly, infirm and young. These gases interact in the atmosphere to form fine sulphate and nitrate particles that can be transported long distances by winds and inhaled deep into people's lungs. Rain appears to be transporting pollution across a wide area.

Although Ahwaz is possibly facing the world's worst industrial disaster since the 1984 chemical leak in Bhopal, India, the government has refused to act and close polluting industries.


Even before the latest crisis, the World Health Organisation (WHO) claimed that Ahwaz was the world's most polluted city, although the Iranian government has claimed that the pollution originates from Iraq; nearby Kuwait City and Basra do not have such high rates of pollution.

The health ministry admitted earlier this year that over 80,000 people country-wide died every year due to air pollution, causing around a fifth of all deaths.

Mohammad Reza Amlazadeh, the provincial head of crisis management, said the governor's office is holding meetings over the health crisis and claimed that Ahwaz City was not the only city affected. Omidieyeh has also seen an outbreak of asthma and allergies. However, he claimed that there were no details on the causes of the acid rain and pollution. 

The authorities have refused to order a temporary shutdown in local industries believed to be responsible for the health crisis in Ahwaz.

The incomplete Amak project - which aims to desulphurise acidic associated gas from oil production - has been blamed by its senior adviser, Dr Hamid Reza Sayyah of the Iran Petroleum University of Technology (PUT)

Sasan Mogahi of Jondi Shapour hospital claims that high rates of nitrates from the petroleum industry and from post-harvest burning of stubble on sugar cane plantations are likely to be the causes of the crisis.

Ahwaz university professor Maryam Abrishamkar claims that high rates of gases such as sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide originate from the oil industry, but also the steel industry had discharged toxic quantities of magnesium oxide, nickel and calcium oxide. She also points to the high lead, cadmium and mercury levels, which are much higher than WHO's recommended maximum rates and is putting people at high risk of serious long-term illness.

Abrishamkar's suggested solutions include better environmental controls at industrial plants and temporary two-day industrial stoppages in the region to reduce air pollution. She warned that the failure to deal with Ahwaz's environmental crisis could put the rest of the country at risk.

Air pollution is not the only concern of residents. The rains have flooded storm drains and the sewerage system has collapsed in many areas, such as Kianpars, Farhangian, Char Shir and Kiyanabad. Flooded roads have also caused transportation problems, preventing the vulnerable and ill from reaching hospitals. Ahwaz city mayor Sayed Khalaf Mousavi has admitted that the sewerage system is the city's most enduring problem and has never been prioritised, despite an annual state of emergency during rainy season.

The true story behind Press TV's Ahwazi "confessions"

Family members deny giving permission for
Press TV interview in outrageous documentary
Press TV's controversial broadcasting of humiliating "confessions" by three Ahwazi political prisoners, two of whom are facing imminent execution, was attacked this week by the men's friends and family.

Far from being hardened terrorists, according to accounts by those who know them the three Arab men have a humble background and were only ever interested in giving young people in their community a good education.

Following months of torture, Ali Chebeishat (47), Sayed Yassin Mousavi (35) and Salman Chayan (32), all members of the Al-Shabab (Youth) Cultural Institute of Shush, were forced to confess to bomb attacks on a pipeline and a railway track in interviews with Press TV ahead of their sentencing by a revolutionary court in September. Chayan was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment while the other two were given death penalties. Recorded in June or July, their confessions were broadcast by the regime's English language television station on 18 November and repeated on Iran's Channel 3 on 21 November. They were among nine members of the group who were were arrested in November 2012 on charges of involvement in a pipeline carried out in the previous month.

Hakim Chebeishat, a former secondary school teacher and lecturer at Payam Noor University in Shush, was a member of the educational and cultural organisation. Following years of harassment by the authorities and a terrifying interrogation by the intelligence services in April 2012, he fled Iran in August 2012. He spoke to Ahwaz News Agency of the men's innocence and Press TV's shaming of their families.

Hakim described the men as peaceful, but claimed that the organisation was constantly threatened by the security services from the time it was established in 2004. The group was established to build village schools through donations with a focus on educating girls and celebrating Eid and Arabic folklore and culture.

He told Ahwaz News Agency: "The men were not formally educated. Ali never went to school but he learned how to read and write in Arabic. Salman was educated up to first year of secondary school and Yassin only completed primary school.

"They were never political, but were always proud of their identity and celebrating Arabic festivals by wearing traditional Arab clothes, which is normal in the village. We were focusing on civil cultural activities. It is a small village of no more than 1,500. Everyone knows each other and can easily be put under surveillance by the intelligence services, so it is not wise to undertake that kind of activity and we were always peaceful.

"The prisoners wanted a better life for youth in their village. They are only committed to their culture and tradition and celebrating Eid.

"We took children to the [provincial] governor's office to peacefully demand a better education. We started educating many girls and boys in the region, who came from around 11 villages. Our activities were very respected in the area."

Family members now suffer humiliation and ostracisation
Hakim remains in contact with some family members of the prisoners who he says are highly distressed by the broadcast of the documentary. They claim they were unaware that they were being filmed for broadcast and were simply obeying demands by the authorities to co-operate as part of a plea bargain to save the men's lives. Instead, they feel they have been humiliated in front of the country and the world and made to share the guilt for crimes the men never committed.

He added: "All the people in the film are known to me. Some of them are my relatives and some others like Yassin are neighbours and friends since childhood. They were fooled by being promised that this film will be only for the Supreme Leader and would save their sons.

"The families now live in terror due to the dangers the prisoners are in and due to the film showing false claims on national and international television. This film has led to the families' ostracisation within the community. On a cultural level, showing the elders, children and women has had a major psychological impact on the families. The families are appealing to the international community to save their sons."

Ali Chebeishat was never politically active
Hakim has listed a number of inconsistencies in the documentary, which he believes proves that the claims in the documentary, which the men were forced to repeat, are false:
  • In the film Khaled (Yassin) said that he met Ali two years ago (10'52"), which is not true. They are from the same village and have known each other since childhood.
  • They said they were given about AED5,000 (EUR1,000, USD1,400) to buy a laptop. What can they do with a laptop in a rural area with no internet connections?
  • There is a time conflict. They said they left the village at 9:10pm to go to Sha'ur, which is a maximum journey of 15 minutes. If it took 15 minutes to place the bomb and 30 minutes more to wait for it to explode, it would have gone off just after 10pm. Why did the fire brigade not attend such a devastating explosion until 1.30am as it should take little time to reach the site?
Ali Chebeishat's "trial" in Ahwaz revolutionary court
Activists note a number of other points which cast significant doubt on the authenticity of the "confessions". The men refer to dates in the Gregorian calendar, which is not commonly used in Iran and would not have been understood by men with little formal education. Ali Chebeishat is made to confess to family members in Farsi, a language that most would not understand. Ali and Chayan are shown confessing to a judge in Ahwaz revolutionary court. The film was made in June or July, many weeks before their trial in September. The judge's face is not shown and there are no other people in the court apart from a guard.

The cases of the three men from Shush mirror those of five other men waiting execution, who were all members of the Al-Hiwar Cultural Institute. Al-Hiwar gave tuition to children and promoted cultural activities in the Khalafabad area. The Iranian regime's execution campaign demonstrates that any form of Arab civic organisation in Iran is portrayed as terrorism, enabling it to impose the death penalty. Ahwazi Arab activists maintain this is part of the regime's campaign of ethnic cleansing against indigenous ethnic Arabs.

GLOBAL OUTRAGE OVER PRESS TV TORTURE CONFESSIONS

Chebeishat "confesses" in Ahwaz Revolutionary Court:
No defence lawyer is present, but Press TV is allowed to film
Outrage is building over Iran's Press TV's broadcast yesterday of "confessions" by Ahwazi Arab torture victims. Human rights activists have condemned the broadcast of the documentary, which is just the latest in a series showing political prisoners ritually humiliated on Iran's global television channel.

The English language propaganda station showed Ali Chebeishat (47), Sayed Yassin Mousavi (35) and Salman Chayan (32) admitting responsibility for attacking pipelines, following months of imprisonment and brutal interrogation by the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence. Prior to their "confessions", the men were tortured so badly they were treated on several occasions at Fatima-alzahra hospital in Ahwaz city. They had also held hunger strikes in protest at the conditions of their incarceration.

Chebeishat was forced to claim
he was trained and funded from Dubai
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" in June or July before the trial in September, in which they were sentenced to death; the documentary wrongly states they were "initially sentenced to long life terms" but adds that their cases are "now under revision".

False confessions

Death row prisoner Sayyed Yassin Mousavi
praises the security services for catching him
All three men were members of the Youth of Shush Cultural Institute when they were arrested. 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 the documentary, Chebeishat was forced to claim that he had received training in bomb-making in Dubai and received thousands of dirhams to fund bombing operations from the National Resistance of Al-Ahwaz. Chebeishat and Mousavi are shown "confessing" in front of family members, some of whom were arrested and beaten in custody for days by the intelligence services in Dezful.

Mousavi claimed he was coaxed into joining with Chebeishat to film explosions with the promise of 'big money' from abroad. Chayan stated that he later joined the two because he needed money after a decline in onion prices affected his farm income. Both Chebeishat and Chayan are shown appearing in Ahwaz Revolutionary Court giving their confessions in front of a judge. No defence counsel or prosecutor can be seen in the court room.

Chebeishat humiliated into "confessing" to foreign assistance
in front of family members
They "confessed" to the bomb attack on a gas pipeline on 23 October 2012 and a train transporting oil near Haftapeh station on 16 September, which destroyed the train and the railtrack. Neither attack led to any loss of life. Until the announcement of the revolutionary court's verdict in September, the gas pipeline explosion was described by the government as the result of an accidental leak and not sabotage.

The men claimed in the film to have carried out at least 20 operations, although no details were given on what these entailed. In the documentary, Hamid Barvard, CEO of the National Iranian South Oil Company, claimed that the group polluted water supplies in their bomb attacks, although the province's water supply is notoriously bad.

The documentary focuses on the National Resistance leader Habib Nabgan, who Press TV claims is an international terrorist wanted by Interpol and living in Denmark. No warrant for his arrest has been lodged with Interpol.

Condemnation of televised confessions

Family members are shown supporting the charges
London-based Ahwazi human rights activist Jamal Obeidi, who was illegally refouled from Syria and forced to confess on television following torture in prison, told Ahwaz News Agency: "These are fabricated confessions directed by the Iranian intelligence service. A political prisoner in 'IRI' suffers a fiendish situation, starting from arrest and physical and psychological torture to grievous solitary confinement for months or years in many cases. These treatments by the Iranian security forced on political prisoners constitute outrageous intimidation - based on honour, ethnicity and religion that no human can possibly imagine.

"This inhuman, non-Islamic, hateful and spiteful treatment that Ahwazi political prisoners experience for months and years, turns him into a spiritually, psychologically and physically fragile person in prison. This leads the security officer to be able to dictate the prisoner his wishes which most of the time led to humiliating his dignity without being able to do anything.

"These confessions are actually being extracted in this way, and their hoped-aim has political implications inside and outside the country."

"Confessions" retracted

His statement is backed up by previous claims by Iranians who have "confessed" following torture. They include Ahwazi Arabs who have later retracted their "confessions", claiming they were tortured. Four Ahwazi Arabs - brothers Taha Heidarian (28), Abbas Heidarian (25), Abdul-Rahman Heidarian (23) and Ali Naami Sharifi - recorded a secret statement claiming they were tortured into making false confessions before they were executed in June 2012.

The men were sentenced to death following convictions for "enmity with god" and "sowing corruption on the earth" in connection with the alleged murder of a policeman. Ahead of their trials in a secret revolutionary court, Taha Heidarian made televised confessions with other detained Ahwazi Arabs in which he said he was part of a terrorist group called "Khalq-e Arab" (Arab people) - a broad term used by the regime to refer to all Ahwazi opposition groups, including those who have renounced violence. The "confessions" followed months of solitary confinement and torture and were broadcast by Press TV, Iran's international English language television station.

A total of 18 "confessions" were shown in two broadcasts by Press TV, a subsidiary of state-owned broadcaster IRIB. The “confessions” included alleged “mind termination” techniques used by Western powers, Israel and Ahwazi opposition groups to turn “simple people with simple minds” into killers and other far-fetched and unproven claims.

Call for strengthening of sanctions

Iranian human rights lawyer and head of Justice for Iran Shadi Sadr also expressed her disgust over the Press TV documentary. She said: "Press TV is not a television channel, but it is a tool of human rights violations. That is why, its managers, Ezatullah Zarghani, Mohammed Sarafraz and Mohammed-reza Emadi are targeted by EU human rights sanctions and Press TV is banned in many countries such as Germany and Spain.

"Despite the continuation of broadcasting political prisoners forces confessions, which is justification for more executions in the international arena, in the last few weeks some EU diplomats have tried hard to take these these people's names off the ban list to show goodwill to Iran in the Geneva talks.

"Fortunately, these attempts have failed following appeals by human rights organisations. However, Iranian government is still putting pressure on the EU to cancel the human rights sanctions on these people, despite the fact that there is no sign they will stop taking confessions under torture and broadcasting them to international audiences."

The British Ahwazi Friendship Society (BAFS) is campaigning for Press TV personnel to be banned from the European Union and for Arab and European governments to intervene to prevent the Iranian regime from broadcasting on Nilesat, Intelsat, Eutelsat, Arabsat and other satellite broadcasters. It is also pushing for sanctions to be extended to include production staff.

BAFS Chair Daniel Brett said: "Everyone involved in and profiting from Press TV's broadcasts is complicit in the Iranian regime's human rights atrocities, so long as these 'confession' documentaries are aired and opposition activists are humiliated in this way.

"Press TV is an intrinsic part of the Iranian regime's war of terror against the Iranian people and any who stand against it. These broadcasts are intended to silence dissent and vilify a legitimate expression of grievances by the persecuted and oppressed, such as the Ahwazi Arabs.

"From the cameraman to the editor to the scheduler to the satellite owner is responsible for the televised confessions, following lengthy periods of torture, that are used as evidence to condemn men to death. All involved should be targeted by the most punitive sanctions."

Toronto et Washington grandes manifestations communes des représentants des minorités opprimées

Toronto et Washington grandes manifestations communes des représentants des minorités opprimées Kurdes Baloutches et Arabe Ahwazies contre les exécutions sommaires de prisonniers politiques en Iran.

13 et 12 novembre 2013 nouvelles qui nous sont parvenues via le site Ahwazi Arabs info: Des manifestants représentant les minorités opprimées Arabes Ahwazis, Kurdes et Baloutches d’Iran ont été rejoints par des centaine de sympathisant-es dans les villes de Toronto et de Washington DC, Ces manifestant réclamaient la fin de la vague des exécutions récentes qui ont touché une majorité de prisonniers politiques non Perses en Iran.

Une déclaration commune a été signée par des partis politiques et des militant-es defenseurs des droits humain non Perses, qui comprenait le Parti Démocratique de la Solidarité de l’Al- Ahwaz et l’Organisation de l’Al Ahwaz Human Rights et des organisations politiques dissidentes Iraniennes, Kurdes et Baloutches, dans cette déclaration il a été dit: "Au cours des dernières semaines et des mois qui les ont précédés, les dirigeants du régime de Téhéran ont lancé une nouvelle vague d’exécutions contre des prisonniers politiques. Il semble que la machine à tuer symbolisée par ce régime continuera hélas probablement dans cette voie. Alors que le nouveau gouvernement du président Hassan Rouhani avait promis de rétablir la sécurité pour toutes les populations Perses comme Non Perses dans leur globalité et en particulier de rétablir l’égalité des droits pour toutes les populations issues des nationalités opprimées et non dominantes qui vivent dans les provinces périphériques loin de la capitale de Téhéran. L’accélération de cette machine à tuer qu’est la République islamique et qui est dirigée contre les Baloutches, les Arabes Ahwazis de la province du Khuzestan et contre tous les groupes d’opposition Kurdes. Est une indication de plus de l’hostilité toujours croissante de ce gouvernement central contre ces mêmes minorités nationales opprimées".

Il a également souligné dans ces déclarations communes l’érosion et les dégradations des conditions socio-économique exponentielles des populations en Iran, depuis que le nouveau gouvernement d’Hassan Rouhani est arrivé au pouvoir, couplée à une répression toujours croissante, dirigée contre toutes les voies dissidentes et démocratiques Perses comme Non Perses. Les signataires ont ensuite exhorté la communauté internationale et les forces politiques progressistes internationales:"A ne pas abandonner ceux qui font face aux exécutions et la répression au sein de la république Islamique, alors que dans le même temps se tiennent des négociations sur le programme nucléaire de l’Iran".

Ces deux manifestations, qui ont attiré un score conséquent d’expatriés et réfugiés politiques Iraniens, Kurdes, Baloutches et Arabes Ahwazis, ainsi que de nombreux-ses sympathisant-es et militant-es d’organisation progressistes de gauche Canadienne et Américaine ont eu lieu à Toronto le 10 novembre 2013 et devant les Siège du département d’Etat Américain à Washington DC le 12 novembre 2013 . Les organisations politiques qui ont signé ces déclarations commune faites aux États-Unis et au Canada sont les suivantes :

ABS Community Research, Inc, Ahwaz Human Rights Organization, Akbar Mohammadi Foundation for Human Rights and Democracy, American Balouch Council, Balouchistan Peoples’ Party, Balouchistan Society for Human Rights, Change Movement, USA, Congress of Nationalities for Federal Iran, US Chapter,  Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan, USA, Democratic Party of Kurdistan (Iraq) – US and Canada,Democratic Solidarity Party of Ahwaz, Democratic Women’s Union of Iranian Kurdistan, USA,Greater Toronto Kurdish House, Human Rights Activists Association at York University, Human Rights Society of Balochistan, Iran Roundtable, Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan, North America,Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran (KACDHRI), Kurdistan Democratic Party – Eastern Canada,Kurdistan Democratic Party – USA Committee, Kurdistan Democratic Party ( Iraq ) – US and Canada, Kurdish Human Rights Watch, USA, Kurdish Youth Club, Leadership Council for Human Rights, National Union for Democracy in Iran, Organization of Iranian People’s Fedayeen Majority – Toronto, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (Iraq) – US and Canada chapters, Peace and Democracy Party, BDP (Turkey), United Student Front – Canadian Chapter, World Institute for Development & Peace

Source: Collectif Solidarité Iran Paris

Non-Persian ethnicities protest in Washington and Toronto

Ahwazi Arab, Kurdish and Balochi activists were joined by their supporters in Washington DC and Toronto to call for an end to the wave of executions against non-Persian political prisoners in Iran.

A statement signed by non-Persian parties and rights activists, including the Democratic Solidarity Party of Al-Ahwaz and the Ahwaz Human Rights Organization, stated that "In recent weeks and months, the regime’s leaders have begun a new wave of executions of political prisoners and it seems that the regime's killing machine will likely continue. This is whilst the new government of president Rouhani promised to restore the security and a calmer conditions, especially to the non-dominant oppressed nationalities living in the peripheral provinces far away from Tehran. The acceleration of the Islamic Republic’s political killing machine against the Baloch, Ahwazi Arabs and the Kurdish opposition groups is an indication of the central government's antagonism against these oppressed nationalities."

It also outlined the erosion of the socio-economic conditions since the new government came to power coupled with rising repression. The signatories urged the international community and "freedom loving people" not to abandon those facing execution and repression for the sake of negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme.

The demonstrations, which attracted scores of expatriates, were held in Toronto on 10 November and outside the US State Department in Washington DC on 12 November. The following organisations signed statements made in the US and Canada:
  • ABS Community Research, Inc
  • Ahwaz Human Rights Organization
  • Akbar Mohammadi Foundation for Human Rights and Democracy
  • American Baloch Council
  • Balochistan Peoples’ Party
  • Balochistan Society for Human Rights
  • Change Movement, USA
  • Congress of Nationalities for Federal Iran, US Chapter
  • Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan, USA
  • Democratic Party of Kurdistan (Iraq) - US and Canada
  • Democratic Solidarity Party of Ahwaz
  • Democratic Women’s Union of Iranian Kurdistan, USA
  • Greater Toronto Kurdish House
  • Human Rights Activists Association at York University
  • Human Rights Society of Balochistan
  • Iran Roundtable
  • Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan, North America
  • Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran (KACDHRI)
  • Kurdistan Democratic Party - Eastern Canada
  • Kurdistan Democratic Party - USA Committee
  • Kurdistan Democratic Party ( Iraq ) - US and Canada
  • Kurdish Human Rights Watch, USA
  • Kurdish Youth Club
  • Leadership Council for Human Rights
  • National Union for Democracy in Iran
  • Organization of Iranian People's Fedayeen Majority - Toronto
  • Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (Iraq) - US and Canada chapters
  • Peace and Democracy Party, BDP (Turkey)
  • Tudeh Party of Iran, Canada Branch
  • United Student Front - Canadian Chapter
  • World Institute for Development & PeaceABS Community Research, Inc

Transfert vers un lieu de détention inconnu de quatre condamnés à mort Arabes Ahwazis


Province du Khuzestân transfert vers un lieu de détention inconnu de quatre condamnés à mort Arabes Ahwazis

6 et 4 novembre 2013 nouvelles qui nous sont parvenues via le site du collectif de l’agence Iranienne de défense des droits de l’homme Hrana News Agency:  Les prisonniers politiques Arabes Ahwazis Iraniens , Abdulamir Khanafereh , Ghazi Abbasi,Abdulamir Mojdami et Jasem Moghadampanah, ont  été transférés vers un lieu de détention inconnu , depuis le dimanche 3 novembre 2013 derniers  à 12 heures – heure locale.

Selon les rapports  parvenus aux militant-es et activiste du  Human Rights News Agency  ou Hrana,  quatre citoyens et prisonniers politiques Arabes Ahwazis de la ville Shadegan qui avaient été condamnés à mort par un "tribunal révolutionnaire" , viennent d’êtres transférés depuis dimanche dernier vers un lieu de détention inconnu.

Des militant-es et activistes Ahwazis défenseurs des droits humains locaux se disent préoccupés et soucieux des transferts aussi soudain qu’inopiné de ces quatre prisonniers vers une destination de détention inconnue. Selon ces personnes ils y a de fortes probabilités que ces transferts  se traduisent par les exécutions clandestines de ces quatre condamnés à mort.

En octobre 2012 après une simulacre de procès, une succursale du "tribunal révolutionnaire" de la ville d’Ahwaz  présidée par le juge Ali Farhadvand, avait condamné a mort sept citoyens Arabes Ahwazis de la ville de Fallahiyeh ou Shadegan (en Persan), avec des charges judiciaires et des accusations d’êtres des "Moharebeh"-des "ennemis de dieu en inimité avec dieu"-selon la loi Iranienne -Ndlr. Et de "Propagation et diffusion de la corruption sur terre".

Quatre de ces sept prisonniers avaient été à la suite de ce procès condamnés à mort, tandis que  trois autres d’entre eux  avaient été condamnés à des peines de prison à vie. Ces peines  avaient ensuite toutes été bien confirmées le 13 février 2013 dernier, par la Cour suprême Iranienne sous la présidence du juge Reza Farajollahi.

La semaine dernière, après le transfert soudain du prisonnier politique Kurde IranienHabibollah Golparipour, son exécution avait été appliquée brutalement le lendemain de celui ci. Dans le même intervalle un autre prisonnier politique Kurde Iranien Reza Esmaili avait été exécuté dans l’enceinte de la prison de la ville de Salmas- peu de temps après qu’une dizaine d’autres prisonniers politiques Baloutches aient été pendus sur ordres de la "cour révolutionnaire " de la province du Baloutchistan Iranien.

Ahwaz protesters defy police disbursal of Karoun demo

Eighty Ahwaz residents defied a police dispersal order and on Friday (8 November) held a fifth protest in succession to Save the Karoun River.

In recent weeks, thousands from Ahwazis of different backgrounds and of different ages have held hands in a silent protest against dam construction, which is leading to the drying up of Iran's biggest and only navigable river.

The protests have attracted international attention and media coverage, prompting panic within the Iranian government that the environmentalist movement could become a rallying point for political opposition.

Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar put on a show of listening to protesters, but has refused to pledge an end to the environmentally damaging dam construction project that has drawn sharp criticism from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Although police and security forces had attempted to close down the protest, some gathered spontaneously and without prior announcement to continue to press their demands.


The moral courage of an Arab boy

It was not a normal school day for Ahwazi Arab schoolboy Abbas Haidari. Dressed in traditional Arab clothing, common throughout the Arabian Gulf, seven year old Abbas made his way to school in Ahwaz and stepped into a controversy that challenged endemic anti-Arab racism in Iran.

Wearing traditional Arabic clothing at school or in the office is effectively banned in Iran, a country where racial hatred of Arabs runs deep. For an Arab to "assimilate", even though they are indigenous to Ahwaz, he or she has to deny their traditions and heritage, although this is often insufficient to counter discrimination.

But a schoolboy decided to take a stand, proudly wearing the Arabic dishdasha and keffiyeh that made him stand out in a sea of blue uniforms as he queued for his class at Shahrak-Ahwaz. The brave yet peaceful act of defiance against a racist regime prompted the authorities to ban him from school.

As a result, Abbas has become a folk hero for many Ahwazi Arabs, prompting many to question and openly challenge social customs that effectively ban traditional costume. He takes inspiration from his mother, whose Arabic poem "Silent Divan" was published earlier in the year to wide acclaim within the Ahwazi Arab community.

While Article 15 of the Iranian constitution guarantees education in the mother tongue, there are no Arabic language schools in the Ahwaz region, ensuring that Arabs are second-class citizens in their own land. Arab students are often humiliated and abused at school, including being whipped in front of their schoolmates. Successive administrations have courted Ahwazi Arab support by pledging to implement the constitution, but there has been no effort to address the issue. This failure means that Arabs are often illiterate in their native tongue, yet struggle to learn in Persian, a language that is not their own.

Some educated Ahwazi Arabs have attempted to help impoverished youths learn Arabic through informal study groups, but this has proven dangerous with several Arabic teachers facing imprisonment and even execution. They include members of the Arabic civic group, Al-Hewar (Dialogue), who face imminent execution (click for more information). Independent organisations seeking to celebrate Arabic culture are deemed "separatist" by the regime and banned.

Resulting low educational attainment is reinforcing discrimination and contributing to high levels of unemployment and poverty among the indigenous Ahwazi Arabs. Acts of defiance and civil disobedience, such as Abbas' decision to wear Arabic dress to school, are increasingly seen as the only means to assert ethnic rights and challenge racial discrimination..

Pollution link to mysterious illness hitting thousands in Ahwaz

Thousands of citizens of the world's most polluted city, Ahwaz, have been admitted to hospital in recent days with severe breathing difficulties that doctors are blaming on air pollution.

The head of Jondi Shapour medical school, Dr Sayed Mohammad Hassan Sarmast, suggested that smoke from local industries could be the reason for a mysterious illness which has seen at least 3,000 people admitted to hospital for treatment, with two transferred to intensive care. Many suspect air pollution has been made worse by recent heavy rain.

Mohammad Alawi, director of the provincial health centre, said that over 4,000 were taken ill over a period of just two days. He suggested acid rain is a major contributor to the outbreak

Abdullah Tamimi, member of parliament for Shadegan (Fallahiyeh), called on officials for urgent action to find the causes for the outbreak. Stubble burning on sugar cane plantations following harvest and industrial pollutants have been cited as causes by Ahwaz member of parliament Nasser Soudani.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has repeatedly listed Ahwaz City as the world's worst for air pollution. While the Iranian government has tried to blame dust storms from Iraq, many local residents claim a combination of heavy industry, aridification caused by the dam construction and the destruction of the marshes as well as massive sugar cane monoculture plantations are the main causes.

Iranian scientists have warned that such high levels of air pollution are having a major impact on unborn children with premature births and low body weight as well as serious neurological and medical problems, including autism.