Iranian MP slams regime, oil companies for drilling in renowned wetlands, forcibly displacing more Ahwazis

An MP from the Arab Ahwaz region of Iran confirmed in a recent Iranian state media report that the regime is deliberately draining the globally renowned Hor al-Azim wetlands to drill for oil, displacing the indigenous Arab people living nearby who have fished its waters for generations, despite the regime’s claims to wish to stabilise the region. 

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World-renowned marshlands facing environmental catastrophe

Ahwazi Arab inhabitants who are living in the vicinity of marshes and wetlands, such as that of Hor-Al-Azim (which has dried up because of the actions of the Iranian oil companies), frequently release video clips that demonstrate the horrific surge of sand storms from the dried wetlands.

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Ahwazi Arab villages in south west of Iran trapped in cycle of oppression after their farmlands forcibly confiscated by Iranian regime

This short film documents crimes such as the destruction of a village, destruction of farmland, forcible confiscation of land, air and water contamination, denial of employment of Ahwazi Arabs and the creation of barriers and enclaves around their farmlands, thus cutting off the local Arabs from their livelihood and deliberately restricting their access to natural resources.

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Stolen Future, Trampled Rights: The Tragedy of Hamidiyeh in Al-Ahwaz

Three years have passed since Hamidiyeh, a densely populated district, subordinated to Ahwaz city, was officially recognized as a city. However, since it was declared a city, no substantial resources were allocated to the city nor any semblance of municipal facilities.

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Iran’s weaponization of water in its silent war on Ahwaz

Following the revelations of a new plan by the Iranian regime to divert more water from Ahwaz to central provinces of Iran, Ahwazi Arab citizens on Thursday defied the regime’s ban on protests to stage a peaceful demonstration on the western bank of the Karoon River against the planned move.

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Ahwazi MPs protest during president’s speech over regime inaction on water diversion and pollution

Iran’s Mashregh newspaper reported on Saturday that Ahwazi MPs unexpectedly interrupted President Rouhani’s speech about the 2017 budget during the Iranian parliament’s open session to object to the government’s lack of attention to terrible air pollution problems and the ongoing diversion of Karoon River’s water in Ahwaz region.

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The Iranian regime’s deliberate lethal policy of desertification and water pollution rings alarm bells in Ahwaz

Over billion people, a fifth of the world’s population, have no access to healthy drinking water, with an estimated four to five million dying annually of diseases caused by drinking non-potable water. The UN is predicting that water scarcity is set to increase, with more and more people globally facing critical water shortages in the next few years. 

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