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 .