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The world remains silent on Iran’s murder of Ahwazi activists

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08.06.2018

While Palestinians are killed daily with the complicit silence of the international community, Iran’s regime presents itself as the heroic defender of Palestinian and wider Arab freedom. In fact, it subjects Iran’s Ahwazi Arab population in southwestern Iran to the same murderous brutality and racist contempt as Israel does Palestinians, with the same complicit silence from the world.

Another young Ahwazi man, 20-year-old Hatem Marmadi from the city of Khafajiya, died last week under torture in a prison in the eponymous regional capital Ahwaz. Marmadi was abducted a year ago from his family’s home by the regime’s feared intelligence agents in connection with participating in political and cultural activities. Such arrests without any warrant or notification are standard, with Ahwazis routinely arrested and imprisoned for ‘crimes’ such as wearing their traditional Arab garb, teaching their native Arab language or participating in any political or social activism for human rights. As Arabs, Ahwazis are, in effect, second class citizens, subjected not only to the regime’s usual totalitarian persecution but to additional racist bigotry and routinely depicted in state media as savage barbarians, with slurs such as “lizard-eaters” and “camel-piss-drinkers” being common.

Ahwazi man Hatem Marmadi, 20-year-old from the city of Khafajiya, died last week under torture in a prison in the eponymous regional capital Ahwaz.

Although Hatem’s parents attempted to find out where he was being detained, and on what charges, regime authorities refused to release any information and failed to charge him with any crime. His desperately worried family continued to hope he might at least be alive until last Tuesday when they received the standard, dreaded brusque........

© Middle East Monitor