The Ahwazi women receive unnecessary Caesarean section by Iranian regime direction

The Ahwazi Centre for Human Right has conducted interviews with a number Ahwazi
woman in relation to the procedure of caesarean section in Al-Ahwaz. They talked about their experiences and how they have been forced deliberately to deliver their child by Caesarean section procedure.

The Ahwazi women accuse the Iranian regime of encouraging and guiding the Al-Ahwaz local health centres and hospitals to use of Caesarean deliveries without taking the health issues.
In Khafajiyeh city of Al-Ahwaz, for instance, the midwives who are none-Arabs are advising the Ahwazi women before the giving birth to take the option of Caesarean due to being ‘easy’ to deliver without explaining the risk behind it. Although the procedure is much more costly than the natural delivery but it has been advertised as the more effective and healthier.
ACHR has been acknowledged that mothers who are covered by health insurance were encouraged to choose the Caesarean procedure months before the date of their giving birth.
A Caesarean section is a surgical procedure in which one or more incisions are made through a mother’s abdomen (laparotomy) and uterus (hysterotomy) to deliver one or more babies, or, rarely, to remove a dead fetus.
A late-term abortion using Caesarean section procedures is termed a hysterotomy abortion and is very rarely performed. The first modern Caesarean section was performed by German gynecologist Ferdinand Adolf Kehrer in 1881.
A Caesarean section is often performed when a vaginal delivery would put the baby’s or mother’s life or health at risk. Many are also performed upon request for childbirths that could otherwise have been vaginal.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has witnessed a sharp increase in the number of caesarean sections in the past two decades. This report shows the trend of caesarean sections in the country, focusing on the probable causes of the increase during the past years. The caesarean section rate was 35% in 2000 and
increased to 48% in 2009.
Caesarean section rates by province are shown in Table 1 which illustrates the trend of caesarean sections from 2000 till 2009. The result of table shows that the prevalence of caesarean section in Islamic Republic of Iran is very high. In both urban and rural areas the figures were much greater than the ceiling recommended by WHO.” Al-Ahwaz rate is less than 12 among 30 provinces in 2009.
We are deeply concern about this policy of the Iranian regime over the treatment of Ahwazi women and children. We call on the women rights activists to take this issue seriously and make their investigation. We believe this is a policy of ethnic cleansing and appartite. While Khamenie is calling the Iranian women to have more children but cutting the number of Ahwazi Arabs using inhuman methods such as C-section unnecessarily. The ACHR is calling on all the international human rights and NGOs to highlight this matter. The ACHR can facilitate the source of information to any Human Rights bodies.

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