Khuzestan : Ten Detainees Identified, Four Released

Posted on: November 8th, 2018

Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA) – Pursuant to the September 22nd armed attack on a military parade in Ahvaz, hundreds of Khuzestani Arabs in Ahvaz, Susangerd, and Hamidiyeh were taken by security officers to undisclosed locations. After recently identifying 179 of these detainees, HRANA has learned the names of ten more, along with the identities of four who have been released pending court proceedings.

The ten recently-identified detainees, still in custody, are below:

1. Karim Saedi, 31, married with two children, Hamidiyeh resident, arrested on November 3, 2018
2. Adil Mashali, 30, married with two children, Hamidiyeh resident, arrested on November 3, 2018
3. Mohammad Hazbawi, son of Mahdi, married, Ahvaz resident
4. Sadegh Lazemi (Jalali), 32, married with two daughters, Susangerd resident
5. Morteza Sharhani, 28, resident of Alavi neighborhood of Ahvaz, arrested November 4, 2018
6. Amin Zaheri Sari, 22, resident of Alavi neighborhood of Ahvaz, arrested November 5, 2018
7. Hotab Zaheri Sari, 57, resident of Alavi neighborhood of Ahvaz, arrested November 5, 2018
8. Ameneh Zaheri Sari, 24, graduate of the accounting program at Azad University of Ahvaz, resident of Alavi neighborhood of Ahvaz, arrested November 6, 2018
9. Saleh Tamuli Torfi (Munabi), resident of Alavi neighborhood of Ahvaz, arrested November 6, 2018
10. Abdullah Childawi, resident of Alavi neighborhood of Ahvaz, arrested November 6, 2018

Hotab Zaheri Sari is reportedly in need of medical treatment for gastrointestinal and disc diseases. As of the date of this report, no further information is available on their whereabouts or well-being.

Over the past few days, local sources reported the bail release of jailed Ahvaz residents Saeed Mohammad Saidawi, Sajjad Saylawi, Zawdiyya Afrawi, and Qaysiyya Afrawi. The four await further notification from Ahvaz Revolutionary Court.

Amid Parade Attack Investigations, Ahvaz Authorities Arrest More Citizens

Posted on: October 15th, 2018

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA)- Dozens of citizens were rounded up October 13th and 15th in the Malashieh and Kouy-e Alavi neighborhoods of Ahvaz, the capital of southwestern border province of Khuzestan now known as the site of a violent shooting on a military parade on September 22nd of this year.

HRANA has identified nine more Ahwazi Arab arrestees, who join the 44 already arrested as of September 27th: Mohammad Omuri, 26, Naim Heydari, 24, Aref Ghazalavi, Kazem Ghazalavi, Ali al-Hay (Hayyai), Shakir Savari, Shakir Savari, and Fadhil Shemousi, arrested Saturday, and Jassim Croshat, 45, a mechanic from Kouye Alavi in Ahvaz, who was arrested Monday, October 15th.

In Wake of Ahvaz Parade Attack, a Sweep of Arrests Sows Community Unease

Posted on: September 27th, 2018

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA)- Four days after the September 22nd armed attack on an Ahvaz military parade that left several civilians wounded, Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence has announced that it has 22 suspects in custody, backing its announcement with a video recording of blindfolded, unidentified detainees facing a wall.

Local sources have countered this official report, estimating the tally of those detained so far to be closer to 300. The majority of these arrests have taken place in the cities of Ahvaz, Khorramshahr, Susangerd, and Abadan, all located in Khuzestan province. HRANA is working to independently confirm the total number of arrests and the identities of those detained.

Security measures now loom large over the Arab-majority neighborhoods south of Khuzestan, local sources say, while the families of those detained have been unable to obtain any indication from authorities on the status or location of their loved ones.

Many of the recent arrestees have a previous track record with police, pointing to the possibility that security forces are attempting to pluck clues from past offenders about a recent incident.

Despite the urgency to hold the assailants accountable for wounding and killing civilians, including women and children, Iran’s security establishment is marred by a history of questionable investigative methods, raising public concern that innocent scapegoats may be subject to coercive interrogations in order to be impugned for the attacks. Iranian Minister of Intelligence Mahmoud Alavi has already made the public claim that “the terrorists who opened fire on the crowd have been killed,” adding, “Every single person behind the attack […] will be identified, and the majority of them have already been apprehended.”

On the day of the attack, a military parade in Ahvaz commemorating the Iran-Iraq war was interrupted when gunmen suddenly opened fire on soldiers and spectators. That day, Mojtaba Zolnour, a member of the Iranian parliamentary committee for national security and foreign affairs, announced that 29 had died and 57 were wounded. Iran-based media agencies published a list of victims that included several civilians, including a 4-year-old child.

Both Al-Ahwaz National Resistance group and ISIS (Daesh) have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Vendors Under Additional Pressure of Authorities in Ahwaz

Posted on: February 4th, 2017

HRANA News Agency – Less than a month after the authorities’ promises and about 3,000 Ahwazi vendors inability in their life, the municipality agents and the police forces arrested a number of other vendors violently and confiscated their fruits.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Ahwazi peddlers were arrested by the security forces with “violence and cruelty”, on January 20, 2017.  (more…)

A Number of People in Ahwaz Protested against Pumping Away the Water of Karoon

Posted on: May 22nd, 2016

HRANA News Agency – A number of Ahwazi citizens protesting against pumping the water from Karoon, gathered next to the central library of West Coast.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), a number of Ahwazi citizens, by presence of Seyed Sharif Hosseini, former MP, had a gathering in the city of Ahwaz, next to the central library of West Coast to protest against pumping away the water from Karoon River. (more…)

Video Footage of Public Lashing in Padadshahr in Ahwaz

Posted on: August 9th, 2015

HRANA News Agency – The following video footage shows a public lashing in Padadshahr in Ahwaz, on a prisoner who according to the loudspeaker on the ground was sentenced to 4 years in prison and 74 lashes on charge of theft, in branch number 15 of criminal court. The chief judge Gharooni is the executioner of the sentence. (more…)

The Protests in Ahvaz Go On + Video

Posted on: February 16th, 2015

HRANA News Agency – The Ahvaz inhabitants carried out another rally against the level of air pollution in city, on Thursday.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), some Ahvaz inhabitants protested against the level of air pollution on Salehi Boulevard. (more…)

Photo Report of Gathering of Protestors in Ahwaz

Posted on: February 15th, 2015

HRANA News Agency – A number of people of Ahvaz gathered in front of the Khuzestan Governor office to protest against the method of dealing with the dust wave in Khuzestan Province.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), the protesters were carrying some written slogans in their hands, such as “Clean air is our inalienable right” and “Khuzestan is buried in the dust by Neglect”. (more…)

A Video Clip of Air Pollution in Khuzestan Province

Posted on: February 12th, 2015

HRANA News Agency – Residents of Khuzestan Province are experiencing difficult days following the unprecedented increase in air pollution, which has put life of thousands people in danger and has hampered peoples normal lives.

The following video report is a shocking video of the dust waves which goes through to this province: