Relative Of Hanged Ahwazis Calls for International Prosecution Of Judges

A relative of two executed Ahwazi Arabs is calling on the international community to issue a warrant for the arrest of two Iranian judge...

Regime executes Ahwazis, abuses pregnant woman and child

Reports from Iran claim that three Ahwazi Arabs were executed on the morning of 28 February and two are set to be publically executed on 2 March. Meanwhile, a critically ill pregnant woman and a four year old in ill health along with his mother and grand-mother are among those Ahwazis suffering Iran's over-crowded prisons, where the regime extracts confessions through torture.

Atef Nour Mosawi, Anwar Nour Mosawi and Jalal Nasser Al-Nasser were executed in Karoon Prison. The two awaiting execution are Mehdi Nawaseri (pictured) and Muhammad-Ali Afrawi, whose cases have been publicised by the British Ahwazi Friendship Society (BAFS). They are accused of carrying out the 15 October bombings in Ahwaz City and have been convicted of "waging war on God". Khuzestan province's deputy governor Mohsen Farokh-Nejad claims that they are "individuals with Wahabi and Salafist tendencies", an accusation that normally infers Saudi involvement. He has previously claimed that those responsible for the bombings were British agents, although the regime has not published any proof to support its allegations.

Amnesty International and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) have both sent appealed for executions in Ahwaz to be halted. According to reports from Iran, the two men will be hung in Naderi Street in Ahwaz City. Five others - Aouda Afrawi (a medical doctor), Aliredha Salman Delfi, Ali Manbouhi, Raisan Sawari and Jafar Sawari - are also set for long prison sentences.

The regime claims they are the culprits for bomb attacks in Ahwaz, although human rights groups, former prisoners and relatives of prisoners claim that they have suffered torture. The regime has instructed the local television station to broadcast confessions made by the men during their incarceration.

Abuse of Ahwazi women and children - shame on the mullahs

Ahwazi activists are highlighting the cases of two female Ahwazi political prisoners: Sakina Naisi and Mousma Kaabi. Sakina is 40 years old and pregnant and reportedly bleeding, which suggests that she is in danger of a miscarriage and possible death due to her prison conditions.

Masouma is 28 years old and is the wife of Habib Nabgani, an Ahwazi political activist. She is in prison with her four year-old son Aimad, who is reportedly ill due to poor conditions, and her mother-in-law.

BAFS spokesman Nasser Bani Assad said: "The Iranian regime is depraved. It treats Ahwazi Arab women as less than dogs. Anyone in the regime with any sense of decency should release Sakina, Mousma, Aimad and Mousma's mother-in-law immediately and see that they receive adequate medical treatment. It must stop executions and torture and release all Ahwazi political prisoners immediately. The UNCHR and the European Commission must send fact-finding teams to Al-Ahwaz to assess the human rights situation there.

"The world is obsessed with Iran's nuclear programme, but is ignoring the human rights of the people of Iran and ignoring the brutal ethnic cleansing of Ahwazi Arabs. What options are the Ahwazis left with when their appeals go unheeded and their women are brutalised by the Iranian regime's policy of state terrorism and ethnic cleansing?"