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the Massacre of Indigenous Ahwazi Arabs in
to news reports and eyewitnesses, more than 30 Ahwazi Arab demonstrators were
killed, over 500 injured and thousands were arrested during protests in the
broke out after the publication of a top secret letter from President Khatami's
office, which detailed plans for a plan of ethnic cleansing and ethnic
"restructuring" in Khuzestan http://www.ahwaz.org.uk/images/ahwaz-khuzestan.pdf
State Security Forces were brought in to halt the protests and began shooting at unarmed demonstrators. The authorities also cut off the power, telephone connections and water supplies to the provincial capital city of
The plans outlined in the letter include reducing the Arab population to around one-third of the province's total population through forced migration and eliminating all traces of Arab culture and language, including names of streets and towns. The letter, signed by former vice president Mohammad Ali Abtahi and written in 1999, suggests a time frame of 10 years to accomplish the ethnic restructuring program. This is the second internal top-secret letter in that has been leaked/ smuggled out and distributed by Ahwazi Iranian Human rights organizations.
President Khatami has reportedly ordered the Intelligence Ministry and the Supreme National Security Council to identify those behind the unrest, alleging that "the hands of foreign agents and enemies of the revolution are at work". On his personal website (www.webneveshteha.com), Abtahi denied writing the letter. Government officials also claimed the letter was forged.
However, the originality of the letter has been authenticated by the British Ahwazi Friendship Society (BAFS) through a former member of Khatami's staff now living in exile. BAFS has also obtained video evidence that shows the destruction of Ahwazi Arab homes by the Iranian army and interviews with those who were made homeless.
The Iranian government has confiscated
more than 90,000 hectares of indigenous Ahwazi farmland and the inhabitants
have been forced to leave their homeland and migrate to non-Arab provinces.
There are many more aspects of what appears to be a part of a program of ethnic
cleansing in Khuzestan.
The Iranian security forces are using heavy-handed tactics to put down what started as a peaceful demonstration against ethnic cleansing. Machine-gun mounted helicopter gunship and live ammunition, tear gas canisters and debilitating poison-filled bullets have been used to put down the rioting.
Among the dead are several children aged 13 and under. Several prominent Ahwazi indigenous religious, tribal and community leaders including Haj Ebrahim Ameri and Kazem Mojadam have been arrested, along with most of the leadership of the Islamic Wafagh Party, a legal Iranian political party. List of the killed whose family permitted publication of their names.
We urge that the international community interferes and stop the killing of innocent indigenous Ahwaz Arab people of Khuzestan.
Please see these sites for more information:
Innocent civilians who were shot to death by the Iranian security forces in Khuzestan during April 15-17:
Shamoosi (8-years old) resident of
Abiat, resident of
Afrawi, resident of
Sabhani (13-year old), resident of Hamidieh, in
5. Hadi Sabhani,
resident of Hamidieh, in
Khazraji, resident of Malashoeh,
Ghazi, , resident of Malashoeh,
Abiat, , resident of Malashoeh,
Daghalegheh, resident of kut Dayed Saleh,
Khalaf Mousawi, resident of Kut Sayed Saleh,
Hanoon-Haydari, resident of
Abiadawi, resident of
Khazraji, resident of Maleshiah, in
Abiat (20-years old),
Muhammad, resident of
Nawasseri, resident of
Nawasseri, resident of
Abdolhussain, resident of Hamidieh, in
Aboud Hussaini, resident of Hamidieh, in
Yazdan-Abiawi, resident of Hamidieh, in