Occupied Ahwaz / Iran:
Did you know that wearing traditional Arabic outfits in public or at school or work is strictly forbidden in Iran, and that such an act is illicit and will cause in your prosecution? All that in a country where racial hatred of Arabs runs deep, The so-called Islamic Republic of Iran!
In that so-called “Islamic” country, for an Arab to be assimilated and somehow accepted in the imported Iranian community – despite the fact Arabs are indigenous to Al-Ahwaz or Arabistan- they are obliged to deny their traditions and heritage as well as their identity for some Iranian racist, sectarian and fanatic ideologies and beliefs mixed with Persian grudge and hatred against Muslims in general and Arabs in particular. What I am referring to here, the events which dating back in history to the era of Rashidun Caliphate, when Arab Muslims conquered Persia 642-651 AD and wiped the Persian Empire off the map with all its components. However, this is often insufficient to counter the serious discrimination they face on their daily basis.
Now, away from history, and talking about laws, rules, regulations and constitutions is funny when connecting it with Iran but quite beneficial in our case since it allows us to point on the Iranian hypocrisy in this regard and helps in exposing the real face of Iran and its incapability to respect its own laws and constitution before respecting and bounding itself with International laws and conventions.
Just to let you know that Articles 15 and 16 of the Iranian constitution guarantee education in mother tongue and ethnic languages for people residing in Iran, as Article 15 stipulates that; “Persian is the official and common language and script of the people of Iran. The documents, correspondence, official texts, and schoolbooks must all be in this language and script. However, use of regional and ethnic languages in the press, the mass media, and the teaching of their literature at schools, alongside the Persian language, is freely permitted“! Not only permitted, but FREELY permitted. One tiny sample of the Iranian hypocrisy!
Furthermore, Article 16 of the same “holy” constitution of Iran stipulates; “Since Arabic is the language of the Qur’an and Islamic culture and scholar-ship, and since Persian literature is completely interwoven with it, Arabic must be taught after elementary school, until the end of high school, and in all classes and in all fields of study“! Another tiny sample of the Iranian hypocrisy!
In Al-Ahwaz or Arabistan province, Arabs are not allowed to even use their own mother language between themselves and in their own houses. There are no Arabic language schools, centers or institutions in the whole region of Al-Ahwaz. This ensures that Arabs are second degree citizens in their own land and means that they are often ignorant to their native language, yet struggling to learn a foreign language such as Persian, a language that is not theirs and has nothing to do with their history. Alongside all the darkness that prevails here, Arab students are often humiliated and abused at schools by their Persian teachers, including being whipped in front of their schoolmates without mercy.
And as an attempt to put an end to these tragedies and Human Rights violations committed against the indigenous Arabs in Iran, many educated Ahwazi Arab teachers started initiatives to help impoverished youths learn Arabic through informal study groups, however their attempts have ended up by a strict ban imposed by the Iranian authorities. Also, these individual initiatives have proven dangerous with several Arabic teachers facing imprisonment and even executions for just an “attempt” to help. Independent organizations in Iran seeking to celebrate Arabic culture are deemed “separatist” by the Iranian regime and banned for good along with prosecuting its founders, members and all those dealing with it.
As a result of the above, low educational attainment is reinforcing discrimination and contributing to high levels of unemployment and poverty among the indigenous Ahwazi Arabs. In addition, this has led to increasing in acts of defiance and civil disobedience, which most of the time is being invested and used as a pretext by the Iranian authorities to accuse, detain, torture and execute Arabs activists on high rank but baseless charges such as “Enmity Against God”, “Anti-God Actions”, “Anti-Islamic Revolution Activities”, “Propaganda Against Islamic Republic” and “Acting Against National Security”!
Finally, I can never end up a topic without asking the golden question; “Where are the so-called International Human Rights Organizations at? What about the wicked silence of the United Nations towards these severe Human Rights violations committed by a state member in the United Nations? The United Nations established a specialized and independent agency called “UNESCO” to support the importance of Education in any language especially mother languages, as part of the Right to Education. What achievements this agency and other International bodies have done so far in the educational, social and cultural fields if not putting an end to this trend in Iran?
International bodies work on encouraging member states to abide by the International Community rules only but can do nothing to assure respecting these rules nor imposing it on them. Is Iran being encouraged though?!
Here’s a video below that shows an Iranian teacher abusing a student. What do you expect?
Monitoring Human Rights violations committed by the Iranian Government.