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Iran sentences three more Ahwazis to death

The Iranian regime has sentenced three more Ahwazi Arabs to death, despite condemnation over planned execution of 11 Ahwazis.

The three - Abdul Housain Haribi, Housain Maramazi and Housain Asakre - were sentenced to hang by a one-day closed trial at the Revolutionary Court in Falahiyah (Shadegan) on Thursday. They were accused of bombing oil pipelines in the Al-Ahwaz region, which produces 90 per cent of Iran's oil output. The trials of Ahwazi Arabs have been mired in controversy, with complaints from human rights organisations of political interference in the judicial process, lack of access to lawyers, torture and televised forced confessions.

The European Parliament voted unanimously to condemn the imminent execution of 11 Ahwazi Arabs by the Iranian regime in a motion supported by all political groups. The motion highlighted the Iranian regime's discrimination against ethnic minorities, particularly the Ahwazi Arabs who are "being displaced from their villages according to statements by Miloon Kothari, UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, while some of them remain in detention or have been sentenced to death."

It "condemns the current disrespect of minority rights and demands that minorities be allowed to exercise all rights granted by the Iranian Constitution and international law" and "calls upon the authorities to eliminate all forms of discrimination based on religious or ethnic grounds or against persons belonging to minorities, such as Kurds, Azeris, Arabs and Baluchis."

Iran's defiance of the European Parliament's condemnation is likely to sour EU relations with Iran. The mass executions of Ahwazi Arabs have focused attention on the regime's violent racism, with the campaign for a halt in executions gathering pace. The Finnish government - which currently holds the EU presidency - is reportedly preparing to take up the matter of executions of Ahwazis with the Iranian government on behalf of the EU.

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