Wildfires destroy hundreds more palm trees in Ahwaz

Wildfires in Ahwaz last week destroyed four more hectares of the date palm trees that once helped feed the region, with the Iranian regime’s Tasnim news agency reporting that between 700 and 750 of the decades-old trees were destroyed.  Regional drought and desertification in the predominantly Arab region in southwestern Iran, resulting from disastrous regime policies and exacerbated by the scorching summer temperatures and rapidly accelerating rates of climate change, have triggered similar fires across the region causing widespread devastation.

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The ongoing water crisis in Iran’s Ahwaz region looming towards disaster

Despite the Iranian establishment’s long-standing efforts to block media information, awareness is steadily increasing about the horrendous and rapidly worsening water crisis in the traditionally Arab region of Ahwaz in the south and south-west of the country. To observers without knowledge of the situation, it may seem that this escalating catastrophe is a natural disaster resulting from climate change.

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Ahwazis protest Iranian regime repression, corruption

Thousands  of Ahwazi Arab residents  in Muhammarah city  took to the streets on Friday (June 29) to protest against regime repression and corruption which have left many destitute, and to demand that the government supply potable drinking water, with the current brackish, brown-coloured water supply deemed unfit for human consumption.

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Ahwazi cause recognised for the first time in official UK report

The United Kingdom’s Home Office has published a decent study and an analytical research on the Ahwazi issue and the current developments there. The report highlights the incessant systematic oppression that the Ahwazi Arabs are exposed to under the Islamic Republic regime. It also includes an analytical study on the agenda and backgrounds of the Ahwazi political parties and the human rights organisations leading the struggle in the region.

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Warnings of disease epidemic in Ahwaz as environmental devastation worsens

A report from the Iranian Students News Agency has warned of an imminent and life-threatening medical crisis in the Ahwaz region due to waterborne diseases, with the drastically reduced water supply largely unfit for human consumption. Many in the region attribute the latest crisis to the catastrophic effects of the regime’s rerouting of Ahwaz’ rivers which once made it one of the most fertile areas in the region.

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Minorities in Iran and the conflict between central and marginal forces

The formation of objectively identifiable and self-identifying ethnic minorities is the result of a complex of interacting historical factors, including migration and conflict, but heritage, cultural roots embedded in history, is central to how ethnic minorities perceive themselves; and the struggle to maintain the group’s culture against encroachment, against its loss, becomes part of that same heritage.

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Torture fears for 500+ protesters detained by the Iranian regime, including women and children

Concerns are growing for the well-being of two of the Ahwazi Arab women who were detained along with hundreds of other protesters by the Iranian regime security personnel during a recent demonstration against the regime’s racist persecution of the Ahwazi Arab people.

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Families of detained Ahwazis demand information,release of loved ones

On Monday, April 16th dozens of relatives of Ahwazi detainees gathered in front of the offices of the provincial governor and the Ministry of Justice in Ahwaz City to demand information from the local authorities on the whereabouts of their sons and daughters. The arrests were the result of the repression of peaceful protests that erupted in almost every city and town of Alahwaz region, against a racist broadcast on state tv that insulted Arab identity.

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Ahwazi sugarcane workers face regime penalties for strike action at slave labour conditions

While protests continue to grow across the Arab Ahwazi region of Iran against the Iranian regime’s virulent anti-Arab racism and oppression, Arab workers at regime-owned sugarcane plantations and processing plants have been imprisoned for holding a demonstration to protest against being unpaid for over a year.

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