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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

UK concerned by the death sentences upheld for five Ahwazi Iranian Arabs

18 January 2013
اعدام در ایران UK calls on Iran to overturn urgently the death sentences of five members of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority and to ensure they are not mistreated.
"UK for Iranians" is deeply concerned by the news that five members of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority had their death sentences confirmed on 9 January. They are Mohammad Ali Amouri, Hashem Sha’bani Amouri, Hadi Rashidi, Sayed Jaber Alboshoka and his brother Sayed Mokhtar Alboshoka. These men have reportedly suffered severe mistreatment, including torture, and two were forced to confess on live television. Whilst the charges are as yet unclear, they appear to be politically motivated. The UK is firmly opposed to the use of the death penalty under any circumstances. We call on Iran to overturn these death sentences urgently and to ensure these five men are not mistreated.
We have also received reports of an attack by Iranian security forces on a place of worship for the Dervish religious community near Isfahan. The harassment of any religious minority is unacceptable. Iran must live up to its responsibilities under international law to respect and protect the rights of all its citizens.