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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
Reference 2
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: [accessed 25 May 2016]
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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. [Accessed 12 Mar. 2002]

Islamic Republic of Iran's Port and Shipping Organization. 27 August 2001. "Port of Anzali: Geographical Location." [Accessed 13 Mar. 2002]

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World News Connection

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