The parents of a 16-year-old Ahwazi Arab boy seized on unknown charges by Iranian regime forces in June have appealed to regional and international human rights organisations to intervene to at least determine their son’s whereabouts.
The teenage boy, Ali Bani Tarif, was seized on June 22 in raids by regime security forces on eastern neighbourhoods of the regional capital, also called Ahwaz. His desperately worried parents report that he was initially taken to the juvenile prison in the town of Fajr to the west of the capital. Two days later, officials from the regime’s infamous intelligence service took him for questioning; he has not been seen since and his parents’ pleas for information about their son have been met with silence by regime authorities.
The boy’s distraught parents told staff of Ahwaz Monitor that their son was seized during raids on homes in their neighbourhood carried out by large numbers of heavily armed troops of the regime’s ‘Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) in convoy of seven vehicles. His parents said that in they have visited every regime security and intelligence office in the city and area to plead for any information about their son’s whereabouts, but have encountered only a refusal to answer their questions or even to admit any knowledge of their son.
Ahwazi human rights activists, including women and children, are routinely detained, imprisoned, and often subjected to torture by Iran’s regime simply for voicing support for the most basic human rights, with many executed on patently false charges after giving confessions extracted under torture in an effort to crush any nascent movement for freedom.
The Ahwaz Monitor centre is appealing to regional and international human rights organisations to intervene and put pressure on the Iranian regime to reveal the details of Ali Bani Tarif’s whereabouts and conditions; as a child aged under 18, he should automatically be protected under international law.