Uncertainty Surrounding the Detention of Jafar Heidari, Writer and Cultural Activist

Thursday, June 20, 2024, Jafar Heidari remains in temporary detention.

According to the Human Rights activists in Ahwaz, Thursday, June 20, 2024, Jafar Heidari, born in 1986, a writer of children’s and young adult books, residing in Goldasht neighborhood, a suburb of Ahwaz remains in an uncertain state 26 days after his arrest and has been deprived of his basic rights as a detainee.

Despite more than 26 days passing since Jafar Heidari’s initial detention, his family has visited the Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office in Ahwaz and even contacted the number 113, but no information about the status of this cultural figure has been obtained.

The reason for Jafar Heidari’s arrest and mentioned that the lack of response from judicial authorities to the family of this political detainee is the reason for this uncertainty.

It should be noted that Jafar Heidari was arrested on May 25, 2024, by agents of the Ahwaz Intelligence Office and was transferred to one of the detention centers of that security institution in Ahwaz for interrogation and case formation.

As of the time of this report, no information has been obtained about the exact reason for his arrest, his place of detention, or the legal proceedings against Jafar Heidari.

Jafar Heidari is a literary-cultural activist and the director of the cultural-artistic institute “Inja Farhangi Ahwaz” and the author of several children’s books.

The suppression of freedom of expression and the prevention of the dissemination of various opinions and viewpoints in a society violates Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16, 1966. These legal provisions emphasize the right of individuals to express their thoughts, beliefs, opinions, and political and ideological views without border restrictions.

Arbitrary detention, keeping the detainee in uncertainty, and preventing access to the individual during interrogation, investigation, and trial to a lawyer of their choice, as well as preventing access to other essentials in a judicial process, violate Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16, 1966.

Additionally, the right of individuals to a fair trial by an impartial judge, interrogator, and prosecutor is emphasized in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Article 5 of the Code of Criminal Procedure emphasizes informing the accused as soon as possible of the charges against them and providing the right to access a lawyer and other defense rights mentioned in the law.

Hossein Bouazar originates from Ahwaz and stands as a fervent champion for human rights. Deeply connected to his Ahwazi Arab heritage, his literary works illuminate the adversities faced by this community. An outspoken critic of the Iranian regime, Hossein bravely highlights the grave human rights violations inflicted upon the Ahwazi Arabs. Through his compelling narratives, he seeks to amplify international consciousness of the challenges the Ahwazi Arabs encounter. His prose resonates as a defiant call for a world that upholds the inherent rights of every individual, irrespective of their ethnic roots or background.

Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights