Witness Statement of Jalel Sherhani

In this witness statement, Jalel Sherhani—a 44 year old Ahwazi Arab now residing outside of Iran—describes the plight of the Ahwazi Arabs, an ethnic minority in Iran, and the persecution and discrimination he and several of his family members faced. In particular, Sherhani recounts the arrest, imprisonment and execution of his family members at the beginning of the Iran-Iraq War and the subsequent confiscations of land owned by the Sherhani family during the war.

Name: Jalel Sherhani

Place of Birth:  Ahvaz/Ahwaz, Iran 

Date of Birth:  January 21, 1969 

Occupation:  Self-employed         

Interviewing Organization: Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC)

Date of Interview:  September 25, 2012

Interviewer: IHRDC Staff

This statement was prepared pursuant to an interview with Jalel Sherhani. It was approved by Jalel Sherhani on April 17, 2013. There are 63 paragraphs in the statement.

The views and opinions of the witness expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center.


1.   My name is Jalel Sherhani. I was born in Ahwaz[1] on January 21, 1969. Before leaving Iran, I was self-employed in the informal sector—I will explain later why that was the case. I believe that I faced discrimination from the state not only during my childhood and when I entered school, but even since my birth. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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