Iran: A sugarcane plantation project for which the Iranian government forcibly acquired privately-owned land in Abadan and Ahwaz
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||14 March 2002|
|Citation / Document Symbol||IRN38596.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Iran: A sugarcane plantation project for which the Iranian government forcibly acquired privately-owned land in Abadan and Ahwaz, 14 March 2002, IRN38596.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3df4be49c.html [accessed 29 November 2014]|
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Both Abadan and Ahwaz are cities located in Iran's Khuzestan region (Islamic Republic of Iran's Ports and Shipping Organization 27 Aug. 2001). The Research Directorate found brief mention of the expropriation of private lands in Khuzestan in a 1997 Human Rights Watch report (Sept. 1997). Citing the Tehran newspaper Resalat (Mission), HRW noted that "[a] new irrigation scheme designed to boost sugar cane production in the Caroun [Karun] River region has led to the expropriation of land from Arab peasants (ibid.). Corroborating information could not be found among sources consulted to verify this statement.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Human Rights Watch (HRW). September 1997. Vol. 9, No. 7(E). "Ethnic Minorities." In Iran: Religious and Ethnic Minorities: Discrimination in Law and Practice.
Islamic Republic of Iran's Port and Shipping Organization. 27 August 2001. "Port of Anzali: Geographical Location."
Additional Sources Consulted
World News Connection
Internet sites consulted
Human Rights Watch
International Federation of Iranian Refugees. 1997. A Critique of the Dutch Government's Position on Iran
Iran Human Rights Working Group
Iran Nameh: A Journal of Iranian Studies 1995-2002
Iran Refugee's Alliance Inc.
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Minorities at Risk
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Iran Report
University of Minnesota Human Rights Library