We heard quite a lot about “The Iran nuclear deal” and pros and cons of Iran nuclear deal, but what we don’t hear about is that Iran is facing deep internal strife. The recent mass protests in Southwest Iran (Ahwaz region). Iranian regime’s discriminatory policies, racism, poverty and diseases from pollutionin the region angered Arab in Ahwaz.
Different nations within Iran (Arabs, Kurds, Baluchis and Turks) stood up with Ahwazi Arabs to resist Iranian dictatorship. There were reports came out that the recent protests due were due to economic issues, but the fact is economic issues were a small part of the truth behind the recent uprising.
From human rights abuses such as activists short/long terms disappearance,killing activists under torture,stealing Ahwazi resources, Extreme poverty, deliberate displacement of Ahwazi people from their homes and language ban are some of the real reasons why Ahwazi Arabs stood up against Iranian murderous regime.
Western countries call Iran “the Islamic republic of Iran” where as many people from Iran said “the Islamic republic of Iran” does not represent Iranian people, we are under their dictatorship for 39 years. There are many people want to see this regime fall.
Ahwazi Arabs have been systematically deprived of decent living and civil rights for more than 93 years, even though Al-Ahwaz region is one of the most oil-rich city in the world while it is one of the least developed cities in Iran and the world.
The Iranian regime has been exported 5 million barrels a day for decades now for internal and for international market and that made up 82% of the Iranian national income according to Iranian economic exports.
International organizations such as United Nations Development Program and Amnesty International validated and support Ahwazi cases. Even though all people should have the right of self-determination, Ahwazis are forbidden from such a basic human rights.
The uprising began on the 28th of March when the Iranian regime continued to deny the existence of the Ahwazi Arabs. It was triggered by an advertisement on pro-Iranian national Media where a child placed dolls wearing traditional dress on an “Iran’s map” to represent each ethnic group within current Iran. They deliberately omitted placing a doll to represent the Ahwazi Arab. Thus, denying our existence.
Ahwazi Arabs chanted slogans like “with our blood, with our soul, we will sacrifice for Al-Ahwaz!”.
the Ahwaz region which historically known as Arabistan. This means: land of Arabs. It was independent of Iran with more than 10 million Arabs in AL-Ahwaz until it was annexed and occupied by Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran in 1925.
After overthrowing and murdering the last Arab ruler of Ahwaz, Sheikh Khazal Alkabby, the new Iranian regime-initiated programs and policies of Persianization. This included enforcing Persian, or Farsi, as the official language and banning the teaching of Arabic in the schools in the region. The region was also renamed from its historic name Arabistan to Khuzestan, in an attempt to strip the identity of many Ahwazis.
Ahwazi Arabs are mostly Shiite because of their long history under Iranian occupation andinfluencedAhwazis’ religion while some of them converted back to Sunni in the recent years.
There were many Ahwazis ran away to Iraq during Iran Iraq war which started on 22nd of September 1980. Saddam Hussein the leader of Iraq on that time, tried to annex Al-Ahwaz. In 2003, United State raided Iraq which turned the government from Sunni to Shiite, that gave Iran the chance to imprison, persecute and execute those people who were seeking asylum in Iraq.
Other nations within Iran are in the same bout where they are suffering and going through the same issues.
Even though many people are unhappy with Trump cancelling the Iran nuclear deal, where non-Persian people are happy to see the oppressor is weak and ready to overthrow the oppressor.
Hossein Bouazar is a human rights activist from the Ahwaz region in Iran. He writes about human rights abuses committed on the Arab Ahwazi.