Iran: The weapon of forced displacement against the indigenous Ahwazi Arabs

Since the Islamic Republic Regime's rise to power, the mullahs' regime has enforced ethnocide policies against Ahwazi Arab nation and other non-Persian nations. In fact, the threat of forced displacement, deportation or execution against the Ahwazis, Kurds, Azeris, Baluchs and Turkmens has become permanent.

For many years and until the present day, the lack of reaction of the international community concerning the state of human rights in Ahwaz region and other non-Persian regions has given Iranian regime and its clique a right of life and death over entire communities.

From 1925, the ousted Pahlavi monarchy and current the Islamic Republic Regime have both carried a deep historical hatred against the Arab nation. They have continued their policy of Persianization and ethnic cleansing in Ahwazi regions. Tens of thousands of Ahwazis were displaced, mainly in the regions of Mohammara, Abadan and Shush. Without exaggeration, a close link can be established between the rise to power of the Islamic republic regime in 1979 and the forced displacements, deportations and migratory waves of Ahwazi Arabs.

It seems that the Iranian regime has failed to obliterate the identity of non-Persian people within its totalitarian policy. The ongoing mass execution, the massive impoverishment, cultural dispossession and the denial of all fundamental civil, cultural, human, and political rights seem insufficient to eliminate the will of non-Persian people. Therefore, the regime has adopted a systematic and vicious policy for the entire non-Persian regions that is called anti socio-environmental agenda that has systematic demographics/ethnic roots. For example, Lake Urmia in South Azerbaijan, which is the largest lake in the Middle East and the second largest salt-water lake on earth, faces the risk of drying out. Many environmental scienctists warn that the disappearance of the Lake Urmia would result in severe salt storms.

It has been estimated that six to eight cities will be destroyed, covered by layers and layers of salt. At least 10 million people will have to be displaced to avoid the storm of salt within that region. Most of the population will be forced to flee their homeland and will have no choice but to migrate to other regions of Iran.

People of Baluchistan have not survived from the mass displacement scheme following the similar drying up of Hamun Lake. Many local people had to abandon the their homeland to rescue their lives from the drought, dust storms, and epidemic disease that allegedly claimed the lives of many Baluchis. The Iranian regime has been not taken any concrete measures to revive Hamun Lake in Sistan-Baluchestan and to revitalize the regions' agriculture, which is heavily dependent on the water. As a result, Hamun Lake dried up, leading to the death of fauna and flora in the area of Sistan-Baluchistan.

Image: Ahwazi children

Credit: Ahwaz

For a more extensive report on the situation for Ahwazi Arabs see the link below.

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Date: 17/09/2013




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