According to Human Rights Activists News Agency (Harana) and reliable sources inside Qasem Island, the police had clashed with the indigenous Ahwazi Arab people living in the village “Kaweh” in Qeshm Island which resulted in death of five people and wounding ten others including women and children.
After the discovery of smuggled fuel in “Kaweh” village, five Ahwazi Arab men were killed and at least ten others were fatally injured during shooting by the police. In addition, a ship at the village beach was set ablaze by the police security forces. This ship had contained smuggled fuel owned by the local people.
The police forces also confiscated all the properties belonging to those local smugglers who have been killed and wounded. Qeshm Island is the largest Island in the Arabian Gulf and is located a few kilometers south coast opposite the port of the city of Jamberoon (Bandar Abbas).
The island has over 1,491 km2 area, 135 km length and 40 km width and has a population around 113,846 (2010). However, in recent years the Iranian authorities begun to change the demographic of the Island by bringing massive number of settlers from different part of Iran to the Island.
In images sent by eyewitnesses show residential places which the police claimed where used as locations for storing smuggled fuel were bulldozed completely.
The indigenous Ahwazi Arab people living in Qeshm Island are mostly relying on fuel smuggling due to the abject poverty and severe economic condition which they suffer from.
The names of those who were killed and injured in the incident are not known as yet and the Iranian police website has not reported the incident since the protest sparked by the local Arab people against the barbaric killing and oppressing carried out by the regime occupying forces.
The Ahwazi Defence for Human Rights organisation strongly condemned the death of 5 Ahwazi from Qeshm Island by regime forces and said occupying regime must be held accountable for its nameless crimes which perpetrated against Ahwazi Arab people.
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JFI at the UN session examining Islamic Republic policies on sex change, women, Afghans and Ahwazi Arabs
After a twenty-year delay on the part of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the 50th session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Geneva was able to examine reports on serious human rights violations by the Islamic Republic, including those concerning enforced sex change operations and the creation of Afghan-free zone.
To contribute to this significant event, Justice for Iran (JFI) representatives submitted numerous briefingsand attended the session to present details pertaining to systemic human rights violations against women, Afghan immigrants and the Ahwazi Arab community and members of the lesbian,gay and transgender communities in conjunction with Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network (6Rang). Furthermore, through repeated efforts JFI drew attention to discriminatory measures imposed by the State through unequal inheritance and work rights based on gender, quota system against women in higher education, forced marriage and sexual abuse of the girl children, marital rape, among others. The Islamic Republic delegation composed of experts in health and hygiene, employment, social services, and the environment, lead by Khosrow Hakimi, Advisor to the Head of the Judiciary and Deputy Secretary of the High Council for Human Rights, were presented with questions and concerns raised by JFI among other NGOs.
All of the 17-member delegation failed to provide satisfactory responses to the dedicated Committee session held on Wednesday 1 May 2013. JFI was one of two NGOs present at the session. “This is the first of many efforts by JFI to not just work with the office of the UN Special Raporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, but through a wide range of channels and bodies of the United Nations to shift the dialogue on Iran to one that is human rights-centric rather than one that is focused on the nuclear issue”, said Shadi Sadr, the Executive Director of JFI “it is our hope that the results of this session will influence Islamic Republic state policies involving women, LGBT community, Afghan immigrants and the Ahwazi Arabs in accordance with international laws and standards.”
As part of this process the Committee will record all concerns raised in its concluding remarks, all of which the Islamic Republic is responsible to implement and report on in its next review.
Justice For Iran’ was established in July 2010 with the aim of addressing the crime and impunity prevalent among Iranian state officials and their use of systematic sexual abuse of women as a method of torture in order to extract confession. It uses methods such as documentation of human rights violations, and research about authority figures who play a role in serious and widespread violation of human rights in Iran; as well as use of judicial, political and international mechanisms in place, to execute justice, remove impunity and bring about accountability to the actors and agents of human rights violations in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
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
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 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