38 Ahwazi Arab activists who were voluntarily helping flood victims have been arrested for allegedly distributing “false information” regarding the floods. Meanwhile, various documents, videos and photos have emerged that show that the IRGC, the Ministry of Oil and the Iranian government are not willing to direct the floods to the Hur Azim area due to potential damage to oil facilities. 

So far, 270 villages in Khuzestan Province have completely drowned and have been evacuated. Floods have reached 11 cities. The number of injured and displaced people has reached half a million overall.

Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation (AHRO) condemns the arrest of activists and demands for their immediate and unconditional release. AHRO also calls on international human rights organisations to condemn these repressive measures by the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation