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Minorities combat economic exclusion - photo story from the UN Minorities Forum 

The third UN Forum on Minority Issues took place in Geneva in December 2010. This year’s Forum, which is the only one of its kind and focused on effective participation in economic life, brought 500 participants together, including minority activists from all regions of the world, NGOs, academics and experts, as well as delegates from some 75 States.MRG’s Media Officer, Emma Eastwood, was there...

Iran: Stop Ethnic Cleansings In Ahwaz  

To: UN Secretary-General 3 May 2011 Your Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, The Secretary-General of The United Nations We write to you out of deep concern for Iran’s increasingly brutal crackdown on the Ahwazi Arabs human rights activists and peaceful protesters in recent days. At this juncture, it is imperative that the United Nations take a stand and urges Iran to immediately desist its oppression...

Iran: Baha’i educational programme targeted in raids 

GENEVA, 22 May 2011 – A coordinated series of raids have been carried out against the homes of several Iranian Baha’is, active in a community initiative to provide a higher education programme for young members who are barred from university.Initial reports indicate that raids took place yesterday on houses in Tehran, Karaj, Isfahan, and Shiraz. As many as 30 people may have already been...

Ahwazi Refugees plight in Al-Waleed camp 

Ahwazi people who faced death threats and fled Iran have found themselves in horrendous conditions in a displacement camp in the desert. The camp lacks adequate facilities and there is an absence of medical care amid extreme weather conditions. Children, women and the elderly have died due to the lack of adequate healthcare. The nearest hospital is four hours drive along a dangerous route. The tents are...

Iran: Mayor Fires 400 Ahwazi Workers  

The Ahwazi Organization for the Defense of Human Rights would like to express its grave concern about the recent crime in Ahwaz city, southeast Iran. Ktanbaf Mansoor, mayor of Ahwaz and Iranian revolutionary guard official fired 400 Ahwazi workers apparently for participating in or supporting pro-democracy demonstrations in April and May. Mr Ktanbaf, who is newly elected was appointed on 7 May 2011. Many...

Iran: Four Ahwazi Human Rights Activists Arrested for Organising Arabic Cultural Activities 

Five Arab teachers have been arrested in the city of Hamidiya Arabistan Al Ahwazi. Ali Qasim, Mohammed Jasim, Kadim Saadoun and Tariq Manshad have been arrested on Friday 4 October and charged with acting against national security and illegal gatherings. They were arrested after a raid on their homes by the security forces and transferred to Sepidar Quds prison in Ahwaz. No judicial...

Under Media Blackout 12 Arab farmers Killed by Iranian Forces in Swiseh village 

European Ahwazi Human Rights Organization has learnt that Iran has killed 12 Arab farmers after they resisted confiscation of their land in Swiseh village. Land confiscation by government is a source of tension between Ahwazis and Iran. Government forces many Arab farmers to leave their land without any or little compensations. 100 Ahwazi families are being displaced from their land since March 2011 alone where 2...

Iran Fires 105 Ahwazi Workers 

In its latest wave of implementing apartheid policies, on 11 October 2011 the Iranian authorities shut down the Ahwaz Zamzam Company and sacked its 105 local Arab workers. “We no longer need those 105 employees,” said Moghaddam Shapurjian, the spokesperson for Zamzam Company in Ahwaz.  Despite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps General and Khuzestan’s Governor Mohammed Hejjazi's New Year message promising "to provide...

New report: 2011 a turbulent year for Iran's Ahwaz 

Last year was a turbulent and violent year for Iran’s persecuted and impoverished Ahwazi Arab and Mandean communities who populate the oil-rich southwestern province of Khuzestan. The latest Ahwaz Human Rights Report, by the Ahwazi Arab Solidarity Network and published this week, details an increase in violent repression by the Iranian regime against these ethnic groups amid the wave of unrest that gripped the Middle East....

Iran arrests, tortures and kills Ahwazi Arabs in new clampdown 

The Ahwazi Arab community is witnessing a fresh wave of arrests, detentions and killings at the hands of the Iranian regime, which has instituted martial law and imposed an information blackout over the region. Detainees are being held in solitary confinement in secret detention centres run by the Ministry of Intelligence. Two young Arabs have died while being held in the custody. Nasser Alboshokeh-Darafshan...

A poem from Iran: Al Ahwaz, it shall be free 

There comes a day when death is upon us. There is an hour when a man is hung. There is a second when a child is born. A Child begs his brother to not step out of the door. A mother screams with pain from the torture and hate. A young girl asks to see her father again. He was never alive. A voiceless...

Iran uses intimidation to deter Arab protests 

Martial law, arrests, imprisonment, torture & killings, Tehran’s media promotes racist anti-Arab propaganda May 2012 The Iranian regime is using racist propaganda, intimidation and violent repression to deter protests by its persecuted Arab citizens. It has imposed martial law and resorted to arrests, imprisonment, torture and extra-judicial killings to suppress mass demonstrations. Ahwazi Arabs have staged anti-government protests every April since 2005, the...

Iran: New wave of demonstrations in Iranian Azerbaijan suppressed by riot police 

A new wave of mass demonstrations to save Lake Urmia was violently suppressed by Iranian security forces and riot police in streets of Azerbaijani cities of Iran such as Tabriz, Urmia, Marand, Marageh and Miyaneh. The riot police and security forces used tear-gas and batons to disperse the crowed, arresting scores of protesters. In the city of Urmia, capital of West Azerbaijan province, tens...

Interview with MRG Director Mark Lattimer: Minorities face attack as revolutions sour in Middle East and North Africa, says new global Peoples Under Threat survey 

EMBARGO: 00.01 (GMT +1) 24 May 2012Peoples under Threat is Minority Rights Group’s annual authoritative rankings table which highlights those countries around the world where the risk of mass killing is greatest.Peoples under Threat is created by compiling data on the known antecedents to genocide or mass political killing. While the individual indicators describe the current situation – what is happening – the index...

Iran: Azeris protest against dams and government neglect 

Azeris in Iran have joined together to protest against dam construction on Lake Urmia’s tributaries that is destroying the region’s ecological and economic resources.Lake Urmia, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is situated between the East and West Azerbaijan provinces and is one of the largest salt lakes in the world. But over the past 15 years it has shrunk by 60 per cent due to...

Iran: River diversion dries up Ahwazi Arab land 

In 2011, the World Health Organization declared that Ahwaz City, the capital of the Khuzestan governorate, was the most polluted city in the world, with high asthma levels among children and teenagers due to industrial waste and emissions. Industrial pollution has damaged the natural environment, and marshland biodiversity is so seriously threatened that migratory birds have left the area. The Bandar Iman petrochemical complex...

Iran: Repression of Azerbaijani-Turkish community intensifies as presidential election approaches  

As the June presidential election approaches, Iranian authorities intensify repression against Azerbaijani-Turkish civil rights and political activists, subjecting them to long-term arbitrary detentions and heavy prison sentences.In May 2013, a revolutionary court in Iran’s East Azerbaijan Province charged five members of an organization named New Southern Azerbaijan National Awakening Movement with “establishing an illegal organization to undermine the state's national security” and “engaging in...

Iran: The weapon of forced displacement against the indigenous Ahwazi Arabs  

Since the Islamic Republic Regime's rise to power, the mullahs' regime has enforced ethnocide policies against Ahwazi Arab nation and other non-Persian nations. In fact, the threat of forced displacement, deportation or execution against the Ahwazis, Kurds, Azeris, Baluchs and Turkmens has become permanent.For many years and until the present day, the lack of reaction of the international community concerning the state of human...

Iran: Deliberate 'linguicide' of Arabic language in Al-Ahwaz 

By Rahim HamidNationality: Ahwazi- ArabPrefaceI begin my study by addressing some constructive questions about the common factors that can be attributed to the gradual extinction of language, which frequently occurs intentionally and systematically, particularly in multiethnic countries that one language strictly dominated on other languages as a discriminatory policy to assimilate the language of the ethnic minority or aboriginal people by imposing the most...

Iran: Alarming statistics of increasing cancer in Ahwaz region linked to air pollution 

In the past, Ahwazi people were rarely hearing about cancer but cancer is now more common than flu among them. The air pollution in Ahwaz led to a sharp increase of leukemia, liver cancer, skin cancer and birth defects. As a result, panicked residents fear for their health as it has come to light that the air Ahwazi people breathes is laced with carcinogenic...


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