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Iran: Ahwazis Arabs executed

Two Arabs were executed in Ahwaz City, according to reports by Iranian news agencies on Wednesday.

It is unclear what crimes the men were accused of committing, with one source suggesting they had been found guilty of armed robbery and another of "waging war on God", which usually constitutes opposing the Islamic Republic.

The men were identified only by their first names: Naeem-Abdollah and Jaleel. Their names are not known to the British Ahwazi Friendship Society, which has helped to highlight a number of cases involving Ahwazis detained by the authorities. However, hundreds of Ahwazis have been arrested in recent months and their relatives have been unable or unwilling to give the names of detainees to human rights organisations.

Amnesty International has recently expressed its concern over the incommunicado detention and possible torture of relatives of Ahwazi tribal leader Hajj Salem Bawi, two Ahwazi teachers and a local newspaper editor, and Ahwazis who had allegedly participated in demonstrations in Ahwaz City.