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Ahwazis Participate in a conference in the Scottish Parliament







UNPO, in collaboration with the Third Generation Project (TGP) and MSP Willie Rennie (Scottish Liberal Democrats), held a conference entitled ‘Sharing Perspectives on the Rights of the Unrepresented on the Eve of UNPO's XIII General Assembly’

Mona Silavi ,one of the founders of Napirasu (Voice of Ahwazi Women ) and spokeswoman of Democratic Solidarity Party of Al-Ahwaz (DASPA) delivered a speech in the panel titled “  being woman and from an unrepresented community and the importance of intersectionality of fight double discrimination” . 
In her speech she highlighted the plight of women belonging to ethnic minorities in Iran . 
According to Silavi "the necessity of gender equality is not even recognised in Iran , and the government does not eve believe in gender equality and all the criteria that result in shaping social injustice are justified by religious texts . Recognition is the first step , we have to recognise that there is problem first and then work on amending it . Rights of nations in Iran is not recognised the same way the rights of women in these communities are not recognised . 

Women from minorities do not have the privilege of education in there own language , hence no access to higher education and consequently no possibility to compete in the job market . These women are not discriminated against only because they are women , their discrimination has another layer which is related to their ethnic or religious back ground and we can clearly see this phenomenon against religious minorities such as Bahaists or Sunnis and among  all non-Persian ethnicities.

The other issue is the underdeveloped areas where these minorities live ,where schools are far from the place of residence and families tend to  send their sons to school but not their daughters . In my community indigenous Arab women either work in farming or breeding animals and deliberate destruction of the environment , they lose their income and economic independency and are forced to become street vendors in the cities with an income that will not be enough to support herself . 

In the media also  Arab women are discriminated against and are portrayed as uneducated low class ,back warded with a a dark complexion as if dark skin is a negative trait , and the media never explained why these women are poor , or low class or backward, minorities  are rather blamed for the condition they are in .”


This is the link to the video of the conference 

Wave of Arrest Against Ahwazi Arab Civil Activists



On Saturday 25 of May Judge Purmohammadi of branch 4 of Iranian revolutionary court in Ahwaz sentenced 3 Ahwazi Arab cultural activists to prison and exile .According to Ahwaz News citizen reporter, on March 2017 Issa Damani ,Mojahed Zergani and Hussein Heidari were arrested for allegedly “spreading propaganda against the Iranian government” and establishing non-governmental organisations .

Each of the activists received 1 year prison sentence . Among the three ,Issa Damani  , an Arabic teacher will be exiled to “Takab” city in western Azerbaijan .The civil activities of  these 3 men were ranged from teaching Arabic language in a language center , creating a civil group to amend tribal laws and decrease the negative impacts of tribal believes and traditions ,in addition to founding a charity to help the poor .All three activists were arrested in March 2017 and were held in an undisclosed detention center for a period of 1 month and a half.

According to our sources Hussein Heidari is a freelance translator and the breadwinner of the family and Mojahed Zergani had an accident couple of years ago where he injured his leg severely and suffers from the complications of the injury .
In a period of less than a month another Ahwazi Arab poet and cultural activist Amer Silawi
was arrested for the sixth time on Monday 12th of June  2017. On November 8, 2016, after fifth arrest he was temporarily released  on a  bail of one and half billion Rials .Amer Salem Silawi a 35 year old father who is being held without any charge and his location remains undisclosed.

Human rights activists reported that Amer Silawi participated in human chains in protest of diverting Karun river to Isfahan and other cities while local farmers are deprived from cultivating their lands due to lack of water .He has also been active in organising  traditional "Amakhibis" game, during the nights of Ramadan which this year he was prohibited by security agents from participating .
Silawi has a clothing store in “Kot Abdullah”, and at various occasions, including Eid al-Fitr, he was offering clothes with low prices for the poor.

According to one of Amer Silawi relatives, Amer was arrested from his shop without any prior notice and no information has been given to his family about his whereabouts. The source added that if Amer's arrest had been linked to his former dossier , he should be legally summoned not being taken away in this manner .