Monday, 12 October 2009

IMHRO: 7 Ahwazi Arabs Sentenced to Death and 2 other Men into Prison

Iranian Minorities’ Human Rights Organisation (IMHRO)



Iranian Government sentenced 7 Ahwazi Arabs to death for allegedly taking part in assassination of Hashem Samiri, a clergy in city of Ahwaz.

Relatives of 7 men denied their involvement. One of the relatives told IMHRO that security service kidnapped his son few months ago and now they just told him his son is going to be executed.

Sources told IMHRO that they were confessed under torture and their confession could broadcast from state TV soon.

“Like always Iranian government sentenced Ahwazi Arabs to death with short trial by revolutionary courts behind close doors and without having access to lawyer and fair trial. They sentenced based on their forced confession which obtained under torture. This is pure injustice.” Reza Washahi researcher and campaigner on minorities in Iran told IMHRO.

2 other man, Sayed Morteza Mousavi and Adnan Bayanat, sentenced three and half years and 2 years to prison charged with act against national security. Some sources told IMHRO that they were cultural activist.

IMHRO condemn sentencing 9 men by Iranian government and asking International community to campaign for releasing them. In same time IMHRO condemning any violent activities, including Bombing and assassination, and believe that violence is not solution.

IMHRO believes Iranian government by suppressing political freedom in minorities area, encourage and plan violence and tension.


Al Ahwaz is most suppressed are in Iran. Al Ahwaz situated in South West of Iran, in North West of Arabic Gulf, with population of at least 5 million people.

First oil well in Middle East discovered in Ahwaz in 1907. Oil and gas rich of Al Ahwaz occupied by Iranian Government in 1925. Since then cultural ban imposed on people and government used various tools for this aim including displacement and changing names.

Ahwazi Arab people are not benefited from natural fortune. Unemployment rate is high, and government do not invest in health and education, yet unregulated oil industry, destroying environment.

In recent years Iranian government set up various training camps under supervision of elite part of Islamic Revolutionary Guards -Quds Force- for training terrorists and sending them into Iraq and Lebanon.

In 2005 demonstration broke up after letter leaked out regard of government plan for change of demography in the area. After demonstration wave of arrests started, Many Ahwazi Arabs later executed and many disappeared.

Iranian government exercise ultra tight censoring News from Ahwaz and journalist banned for many years from visiting area. Ahwazi Arabs also suffer from censorship of their News by Persian managed Media in the West.

Please write to one of the following and ask them to put a pressure on Iranian government for halt the death sentence and release of 9 Ahwazi Arabs. Ask the Iranian government to investigate the reports regards of torture in prisons of Ahwaz.

Secretary General United Nations
The Honourable Ban Ki-moon
United Nations Headquarters,
Room S-3800,
New York,
NY 10017,

Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei,
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street - Shahid Keshvar Doust Street
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
E-mail via web site

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Ms. Navanethem (Navi) Pillay
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights,
Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10,

Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadi Nejad
The Presidency
Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
E-mail via web site

European Parliament Human Rights Committee
Euroopan parlamentti
Rue Wiertz
ASP 08G301
B-1047 Bryssel

Head of the Judiciary
Sadigh Ardeshir Larijani
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh / Office of the Head of the Judiciary
Pasteur St, Vali Asr Ave
South of Serah-e Jomhouri,
Tehran 1316814737, Islamic Republic of Iran

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