Internet Shutdown Aimed to Silent Ahwaz and Other Nations in Iran

Internet disrupted in Iran by the Iranian regime amid fuel protests in multiple cities.
Iran is using the very same technique to silent the protesters in Iraq.

The current protests in Iran have been triggered by a surprise rise in gasoline prices but the reality is that people are tired of the government suppressing them.
Participants chanted slogans against Rouhani and Khamenei.

Social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google and YouTube must suspend the accounts of governments and officials who shut down or censor the internet.

After 6 days without internet in Iran, the regime killed more than 70 people and arrested more than 550 people just in Ahwaz.
Having open, uncensored Internet and freedom Of Expression are two of the fundamental human rights and the Iranian people like any other people entitled to those rights.

The U.S. is sanctioning the Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Mohammad Jahromi, for helping shut down the Iranian internet. We will hold members of the Iranian regime accountable for their violent repression of the Iranian people. #Internet4Iran

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today against Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Iran’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13846, for his role in the Iranian regime’s widescale internet censorship. Internet access in Iran, managed by Azari Jahromi’s ministry, was blocked for several days in November based upon what Iranian authorities describe as national security concerns in the wake of anti-regime protests throughout the country. The recent internet blocking follows similar patterns that occurred in 2017 and 2018. Azari Jahromi, who is a former employee of Iran’s notorious Ministry of Intelligence, has advanced the Iranian regime’s policy of repressive internet censorship since he took office in mid-2017 and has also been involved in surveillance against opposition activists.

We are deeply concerned at reports of killings and injuries, and that the authorities may have used excessive force against those participating in the protests.

Pulling the plug on internet access points to wider concerns of censorship, the independent experts said: “A country-wide network shutdown of this kind clearly has a political purpose: to suppress the right of Iranians to access information and to communicate at a time of rising protest. Such an illegitimate step deprives Iranians not only of a fundamental freedom but also basic access to essential services”, they explained.

Iranian authorities have warned of decisive action should protests not subside, which raises serious concerns that the situation could spiral further, the experts said.

They encouraged the Government to “seek and engage in dialogue” and refrain from measures which compromise demonstrators’ human rights.

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The authorities must end this brutal and deadly crackdown immediately and show respect for human life.

We (Ahwazi Democratic Popular Front) call upon the Iranian authorities to release immediately and unconditionally any Ahwazi person detained solely for the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly or, solely, ethnic identity. ADPF calling on the world nations to keep Iran accountable for this and other crimes and their actions against Ahwazi Arabs and other non-Persian nations.

The Media Centre for Ahwazi Revolution – The Ahwazi Democratic Popular Front

Date: 24/11/2019


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