Relative Of Hanged Ahwazis Calls for International Prosecution Of Judges

A relative of two executed Ahwazi Arabs is calling on the international community to issue a warrant for the arrest of two Iranian judge...

Why you should not invest in Iran!

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is on a drive to attract foreign investment, which he believes is essential for economic health and job creation in a country where more than one in four young people are unemployed. Tehran’s Chamber of Commerce is going all out to woo managers of foreign sovereign wealth funds and major corporations to prop-up a failed economy; one that has not only been decimated by sanctions but also by the fact that untold billions are diverted away from state coffers to weapons purchases and to keep the ayatollahs and Revolutionary Guard fat cats happy.
But with terrorism-related US sanctions on Iran as well as a new round of sanctions in response to its illegal testing of ballistic missiles, would-be investors and banks remain cautiously hesitant and they are right to be so.
The investment climate remains unfavourable; it is over-regulated, suffocated by red tape and company ownership is anything but transparent in Iran, where the Supreme Leader and his Revolutionary Guard Corps control massive industrial and business empires. Corruption is rife through every sector of society. Iran ranked the 131st of 170 countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 compiled by Transparency International – a global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption.
Investing in Iran is not only risky and fraught with obstacles, in my view, pumping large sums of money into a terrorist-sponsoring state with an abysmal #humanrights record is nothing short of unethical. I have always taken the view that trade with Iran serves its murky goals and should be discouraged no matter the financial rewards.
Khalaf Ahmad Habtoor

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Ahwazis in Diaspora Commemorate the Anniversary of April Uprising

Dozens of Ahwazis in London commemorated 12th anniversary of April uprising which took place in 15 April 2005. Following a leaked document from Khatami’s office , then Iran’s president , Ahwazi Arabs took the streets to condemn these policies. During protests in Ahwaz city Security forced opened fire on unarmed demonstrators and more than 20 Ahwazi were killed, 500 injured and 250 arrested . 

The document , signed by former vice president Mohammad Ali Abtahi and written in 1999, suggests a time-frame of 10 years to accomplish the ethnic restructuring programme.

The document included plans to reduce the Arab population to around one-third of the province's total population through forced migration and eliminating all traces of Arab culture and language, including names of streets and towns.

Till this day the Iranian officials deny the existence of such letter and accuse foreign countries of plotting the uprising , however the situation on the ground and the reports from Ahwaz and Arab political and cultural activists confirms the discriminative policies of Tehran against the Arab population of Arabistan (Khuzestan ) .

Drought, pollution , discrimination, poverty and lack of development in Arab populated region in south-west of Iran,  a region that produces up to 82 percent of Iran’s oil GDP has been pushing more and more Arabs to forcibly immigrate to other cities .Today the Arabic names of roads , streets and buildings are almost non-existent ,historical sites related to Arab culture and history are deserted and no fund is assigned to preserve them ,the right to chose Arabic names for your children (unless they are Islamic names ) and the right of education in Arabic are among hundreds and thousands of rights that the Arab population in Iran are deprived from .