Two close relatives of the Ahwazi Arab tribal leader, Haj Salam Bawi, are facing imminent execution as the Iranian regime attempts to tighten its grip on the indigenous population of Khuzestan.
Amad Bawi and Zamil Bawi are among the six relatives of the tribal leader recently arrested for alleged insurrection against the Iranian regime. Reports from family members indicate that the six men are undergoing psychological and physical torture. All six are likely to face trial and execution as a way of subduing local tribesman ahead of an intensification of the government's land confiscation programme. Click here to download Amnesty International's report on the arrests.
Amad Bawi, the owner of a computer repair shop, is charged with distributing CDs containing human rights reports from the Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation (AHRO) and the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR). Zamal Bawi, a university student, is being prosecuted in connection with bomb attacks in Ahwaz City on the basis of trumped up charges and false evidence. The two young men are likely to be tried and executed in coming days as the state attempts to intimidate the local population ahead of a new wave of ethnic cleansing along the Shatt Al-Arab.
In the past week a political prisoner at Karoon prison, Said al-Khalafi, was executed in the prison yard. Also, last week the body of an Ahwazi Arab activist was found in Karoon Rover, which runs through Ahwaz City, and another was lynched in the Arab city of Hamidieh and hung from a street light.
The regime has staged a massive crack-down on the local Ahwazi population due to growing unrest in the province. On 11 October, Esmail Ghasem Abyat and Lefteh Sarkhi, both human rights activists and students at the Chamran University in Ahwaz, were arrested. Meanwhile, Reza Salman Delphi, a 34-year-old businessman also known as B. Behjat, has been detained since 11 August and denied medical treatment for heart and kidney diseases.