Middle East Transfer: The Continuing Iranian Persecution of its Ahwazi Arab Population

[Henry Jackson Society] Nir Boms and Roee Nahmias - Some 1.2 million Arabs have been deported from the district of Al-Ahwaz in Iran, home to some eight million Arabs near the Iraqi border. They have been replaced with 1.5 million Persian Iranians. As part of a broader Iranization policy, the teaching of Arabic is forbidden in Ahwaz. Karim Bani Sa'id Abadiyan, chairman of a human rights organization, said in the past year 131 human rights activists were executed and thousands more put in detention centers. Ahwaz has the second largest oil and gas reserves in the world.

2007-09-11 01:00:00

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