Human Rights

Imminant Execution of Ahwazis

Ahwazi Arabs consider themselves discriminated against when it comes to access to education, housing and public healthcare services. Many are also deprived of any identification papers, and thus cannot vote or run for office. Because of this, a secessionist movement calling for an independent Arab state is forming within the community.

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Mustafa Hejri's remarks at United Nations in Geneva

I am delighted that I find myself among you at this conference to discuss the issue of the systematic violation of human rights in Iran and in particular, the rights of oppressed nationalities in Iran. I am highly grateful to the conference organisers for giving me the opportunity to be able to discuss this important topic. I hope that the conference will be successful in its work programme. I also want to extend my thanks to all the participants at the conference who are interested in human rights discussions relating to those who feel they have been forgotten.

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Iran must overturn death sentence of Ahwazi Arabs: Amnesty

Amnesty International urged the Iranian authorities on Monday to immediately overturn the death sentences against five members of Iran's Ahwazi Arab minority. The right group released the statement after the prisoners were moved to an unknown location over the weekend, indicating that they are facing imminent execution.

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Iran must not execute five Arab minority prisoners

The Iranian authorities must immediately overturn the death sentences of five members of Iran's Ahwazi Arab minority who were tried unfairly and may face imminent public execution, Amnesty International said after the prisoners were moved to an unknown location at the weekend.

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Ahwaz Human Rights Organization Submission to the UN

The towns and cities populated by the Ahwazi Arabs in Khuzestan continue to bear the scars of the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s where major cities of the province completely or partially destroyed and at least 12,000 Ahwazis died.2. Despite their commitment to Iran's territorial integrity, the Ahwazis have continued to be viewed with suspicion and hostility, by Tehran. This report will document how the Ahwazi Arabs have been subjected to a sustained program of land confiscation and 'ethnic restructuring' forced assimilation and 'Persianazation'. Ahwazis have faced not only social and economic discrimination (enduring hardship, poverty, illiteracy and unemployment at higher rates than the national average), but also a prolonged 'kulturkampf', waged against them by the Iranian regime.

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