Amnesty International has voiced concern over the detention of 40 Ahwazi Arabs, who it fears might be "held in incommunicado detention and are at risk of torture or ill-treatment."
The human rights group has highlighted the case of 43 year old Iranian Arab Taher Mahmoud Tamimi, who was arrested on the Iran-Turkey border along with his wife Seham and his two young boys aged 6 years and 18 months, respectively. Seham and the boys were released two days later. It reports that on 12 August, the family home in Ahwaz was raided by the members of the security forces, who confiscated a computer and some foreign currency. The cases of another two men were also mentioned in an Amnesty Urgent Action report.
The Iranian regime said on 14 August that it had arrested those involved in the April uprising, in which over 160 were killed, and the bomb attacks in Ahwaz City in June. It has also blamed the British government for being responsible for the unrest, although it has failed to publish any proof to back up its allegations.
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