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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Iran: Nine Ahwazi Arab are at risk of execution in Iran

  Free Ahwazi Political Prisoners Campaign
         20th November 2012, 9.30 AM
                   Edited By Kamil Alboshoka


The aim of this briefing report is to highlight how the Free Ahwazi Political Prisoners Campaign can spread the voice of Ahwazi political, social, and cultural activities to the world. I did this brief report at Kingston university to make number of supporters for Ahwazi case against the policy of the regime.
Despite an abundance of natural resources like oil and gas, Ahwazi Arab people suffer from poverty in Iran. Over 80% of Iranian national income came from Ahwaz, but Ahwazi people receive poorly services from the Iranian authorities. These policies of Iranian regime often make people in Ahwaz to protest against the regime decisions. Therefore, many Ahwazi often arrested by services regarding to political, human rights, social, cultural activities. Number of activities killed under torture and massive number sentenced for death penalty and long life imprisonment. The Iranian authorities recently sentenced nine Ahwaz for death penalty and one for twenty years in imprisonment, and also killed one Ahwazi cultural activities in suspicious circumstances. Mr. Satar Sayahi (Abu Seror) in November 2012, so the Free Ahwazi Political Prisoners Campaign wants to take the responsibility to spread the prisoners’ voices to the world.
There are several articles which Amnesty International believed every human have rights to access equal rights.
Artilcle1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
Article2: Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedom.
Article3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security.

INTRODUCTION
Nine Ahwazi Arabs human rights activities are at risk of execution after unfair trail in Ahwaz. A source from their family inside of AL.Ahwaz informed the information to the Free Ahwazi Political Prisoners Campaign.
Ahwaz is Arab land which is located in South West of Iran and has border with the Arabian Gulf in South Iran. The population of Arabs in Iran is variable between 8 to 10 million populations. Arabs in Iran have been suffering politically, culturally, socially and economically by the Iranian authorities since 1925. Many face long life imprisonment and many Arabs executed. These ten Ahwazi Arabs have also arrested because of their human rights activities.
Therefore, the Free Ahwazi Political Prisoners Campaign directly contacted some other sources from Ahwaz- Khalafia and Falahia. So, the resources confirmed that all Ahwazi Arabs from Khalafia and Falahia City are at risk of execution and also are in terrified situation since the barbaric torture by Iranian intelligence services. The prisoners are Mr. Mohammad Ali Omori 34 year-old, Hashem Shabani 32 year-old and Rahman Asakereh 34 year old who arrested on 16th February 2011, and Mr. Hadi Rashedi 39 year-old who arrested on 28th February 2011, and also Jabber Alboshoka 28 year-old and his younger brother Mokhtar Alboshoka 26 year-old who arrested on 13th March 2011 in Khalafia, and AbdulReza Amir Khanafera 25 year-old, Ghazi Abbasi (Khanafra) 30 year-old, Shahab Abbasi 26 year-old and Abdul Amir Mojadami 32 year-old  who arrested in 2009 in charge of dangerous for the Regime security and enmity of God.
The sources also informed that the six Arab prisoners from Khalafia hold in the Iranian intelligence services detention between 4 to 7 months. And the fourth prisoners from Falahia also over 4 months. They faced badly torture and some of them are suffering from poor health because of torture, all the prisoners are from educated group of people in Ahwaz and all of them post-graduated from high universities in Iran. Mr. Hadi Rashedi who spent 7 months in detention is suffering from heart and liver disorder, mental stress and also his leg broken in detention because of torture.
Mr. Rahman Asakereh who also spent 7 months in detention is suffering mental stress towards his son Mr. Hammed who killed by services in September 2011 by hitting him by car in suspicious circumstances. Mr. Mohammad Ali Amoori who fled to Iraq in December 2007 and arrested by Iraqi authorities and sent to prison for over 3 years also suffered mental stress because of torture in both Iran and Iraq. UNHCR offered Mohammad Ali refugee statement while he was in prison in Iraq, but Iraqi authorities ignored the action of Amnesty international and UNHCR regarding Mohammad Ali situation when UNHCR asked Iraq not deporting him back to Iran.
Both brother Jabber and Mokhtar spent 4 month in detention and suffered from depress and stress due to terrified torture. Jabber lost 10 kilos of his weight, his teeth and jaw broken, Mokhtar also lost his memory. All six prisoners currently held in Karon prison in Ahwaz capital city.
In addition, the fourth other prisoners also tortured badly. All of them suffer mental stress due to hard torture which they faced in detention
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Finally, the Iranian revolutionary court in Ahwaz (branch 2) sentenced 5 of the prisoners from Khalafia for death penalty in charge of dangerous for the regime security, enmity with God, and corruption on the earth; and sentenced Rahman Asakera for 20 years in imprisonment.  The Iranian revolutionary court in Ahwaz (Branch 1) also sentenced all four Ahwazi from Falahia for death penalty in the same case on 24th September 2012.
Many Human Rights organisation and also several governments around the world deeply condemned Iran regarding to the death penalty decision. 
INTERNATIONAL RECCOMMONDATION
The Government in Iran should:
-       Provide protection for Ahwazi people and give Arabs chance to live freely in their native land. 
-       Free all political and cultural prisoners. And stop the death penalty decision against five Ahwazi prisoners.
 -       Give the prisoners chance to access lawyers and have open trial with respecting human rights case. And also the Iranian regime should stop torturing the prisoners.
-       Stop persecution of ethnic groups in Iran like Ahwazi Arabs.
Mr.Robert Buckland MP, chair of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission has condemned Iran regarding to the regime treatment against Ahwazi Arabs, particular the case of these six men. Mr. Buckland in October 2012 during the meeting with European-Ahwazi human rights organisation also condemned Iran regarding to the regime ideology of ethnic cleansing in Ahwaz.

Mr. Ahmad Shaheed the U.N. special representative on Human Rights in the case of Iran interviewed several Ahwazi who tortured by the regime. Therefore, Mr Shaheed in the UN Human Rights meeting in Geneva reported that Ahwazi Human Rights activities are subjected to beating with batons, cable, and also shock by electricity. He also asked the UN to condemn Iran's decision towards these sex Ahwazi.
In October 2012, the UN secretary leader Mr Ban Kee Mon added that the United Nation and many international organisations has asked Iran to free Ahwazi prisoners and offer them to access lawyers, and stop the death decision against these nine Ahwazi men. 
STOP EXECUTION
On 24th August 2012, the British foreign Minister Mr. Hague seriously condemned Iran regarding to execute four Ahwazi and sentenced other 5 Ahwazi for death penalty. Mr. Hauge also asked Iran to free six Ahwazi prisoners or giving them chance to accessing a lawyers in open trial. He also added that ''Iranian regime continued to persecute of ethnic groups in Iran like Ahwazi Arabs''. The foreign Minister also warned Iran that the international community will punish Iran for its policy against Arabs and other ethnic groups in Iran.
However, despite all the international pressure, the Iranian authorities have again ignored the international community's concerns about the Human Rights situation in Ahwaz, especially the case of the Ahwazi Arabs who sentenced for death penalty.
CONCLUSION
The Free Ahwazi Political Prisoners campaign condemn Iran towards its treatment in Ahwaz, specifically against ten Ahwazi Arabs and ask international community and Human Rights Organisations to put the case of Ahwaz with much more details and ask the Iranian authorities to free all the  Ahwazi Arabs political prisoners and also stop Iran's policy towards Arabs in Iran.
Background
Ahwazi Arabs are one of the non-Persian ethnic groups that always have little access to education, employment, housing services, political participation and cultural rights.
In April 2005, it was huge uprising in Ahwaz after a letter from former-president office publishes to change the demographic of the land. Massive Arabs killed by the Iranian security guard and large number of people arrested.
In April 2011, number of the Ahwazi Arab people demonstrated in Ahwaz which called “Day of Rage” protests across many cities in Ahwaz. However, Iranian authorities used live fair against Arabs. Amnesty International in 2011 published the name of 27 people allegedly killed in clashes with the security forces. Ahwazi activities stated that the number of death is massively larger than 27. Iranian minorities human rights also published the name of 43 Arabs killed in April 2011.

 References

The Conservative Party Human Rights Commission (13th October 2012): http://www.conservativehumanrights.com/news/2012/13.10.12_CHRC_meeting_Ahwazi_human_rights.html
Amnesty international: Iran must not execute Arabs, 11 June 2012:
Michelle Nichols (U.N Human Rights case of Iran):
Governmental website:
(Saeed Kamali Dehghan: 13 June 2012):
Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights Organisation (18th May 2012):
http://www.acfh.info/ahwaz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=138:ahwazi-arabs&catid=44:2010-09-16-17-14-58 
(European-Ahwazi human rights organisations: 10 November 2012):
http://euahwazi.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/ahwazi-arab-political-activist-jamil.html?m=1