Sep 28, 2015

Ahwazi: Yousef Silavi’s Case Raised in UN Human Rights Council


Mr Yousef Silavi, an activist for the rights of Ahwazi Arabs, was abducted in an ‘enforced disappearance’ in 2009.  On Thursday 24 September 2015, during the XXX session of the UN Human Rights Council, the case was raised, and the Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation appealed to all NGOs and to the UN to put pressure on the Iranian government to reveal Mr Silavi’s whereabouts.

Read the full statement, released by Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation, below:

On Thursday 24 September 2015, a representative of the Südwind Human Rights organization and the Ahwaz Human Rights Organization (AHRO) brought up Yousef Silavi case in the United Nations Human Rights Council on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

The Südwind representative made a complaint on behalf of the daughter of Mr Silavi, who was present during the meeting of the Human Rights Council, and appealed to the assembled audience to exert pressure on the Iranian authorities, to disclose the fate of the Ahwazi citizen, who was kidnapped from his home in Ahwaz in 2009.

It is worth mentioning that, despite persistent follow ups and appeals to the Iranian authorities on both a local and an international level, Mr Silavi’s wife and daughters have not received a single piece of information about his fate, the place where he is being held, or even a confession of responsibility for his abduction and imprisonment. 

Ahwaz Human Rights Organization appeals to all human rights organizations and UN institutes, and especially to the Special Rapporteur on Involuntary and Enforced Disappearances, to pressure the Iranian authorities to reveal the fate of Mr Yousef Silavi, or to inform his family of the place in which he is detained. This will relieve the agony that his family have been living with for the past 6 years.


Watch the Human Rights Council meeting here.


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