A glimpse into the Situation of the recently detained Ahwazi Arabs

The following report speaks of the latest news regarding detainees of the vast demonstrations in Khozestan in March 2018.

Ahwazis staged demonstrations to protest against the offense that one of the state-run TV channels made against them and what they call “racialist behavior.”

Method & quantity of arrests

These were all arbitrary arrests. A detainee cited that the agents arrested the whole family even children and transferred them to detention centers.

For example; Jalil Hawaii (Saedi) was arrested along with his wife, son in law, daughter, his 12 years old son; Heydar and his three years old child. They were all transferred to Fajr Prison.

A detainee speaking on condition of anonymity said: “Only in Sheyban Prison we were 500 detainees in one separate ward. More than 25 youths were transferred to Fajr Prison or Youths Center.

Amongst us were disabled people from Mullah Shieh and Eigndou (Seyed Karim) regions. For example; Saeed Nemati was a retard from Mullah Shieh and there was a mentally ill person from Eigndou who has just left a psychiatric hospital…”

Detention and torture centers

The detainees were under pressure, interrogation and torture in these prisons and detention centers:

  • Sepidar Prison (men and women wards)
  • Sheyban Prison (Ahwaz Professional Training Complex)
  • Ahwaz’s intelligence bureau’s detention center at Chahar Shir

The state officials have reopened old and remote detention centers and transferred the detainees there; including:

  • Golf Detention Center (belonging to IRGC at Modares Boulevard in Ahwaz)
  • Ahwaz’s Corps No. 6 detention center
  • Youths Center (previous Fajr Prison)

Conditions of detention

  • Men under 18 are jailed at Fajr Prison (Youths Edification Center)
  • Women are jailed at Sepidar Prison in Ahwaz. The number reaches 150, 15 of which have been arrested during Ahwaz demonstrations; including:
  • Khadijeh Naysi
  • Ayesheh Naysi
  • Leila Barvayeh
  • Ezat Ka’abi
  • Nadia Mohammadi Poor (Hamidi)

The bails issued are 100 to 500 million tomans. Many families cannot provide such money so their children have remained in jail.

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