Ammar Tassaei is an Iranian writer, belonging to an Arabic speaking minority in the province of Ahwaz in southern Iran. He has worked on the newspapers Hadith, Hamasayeha and Shora, as well as reported for BBC Persian Service. Tassaei has written and reported on Arab minority rights in Iran. Since 2001 he has been harassed for his activism for Ahwazi minority rights and was arrested in 2003.
The following years he was banned for working with foreign media, arrested again and dismissed from his job. He resided as guest writer in Molde City of Refuge from 2010 to 2012.