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London Demostration Against Iran's Persecution

London Demostration Against Iran's Persecution

On Sunday 21 January 2007, London's Ahwazi Arab and Balochi communities staged a demonstration in front of the Iranian Embassy.

Iranian Balochis, Kurds, Azeris and Turkmen also participated and supported the protest against the violent persecution of minorities and a recent spate of executions.

A spokesman from the Ahwazi community told a reporter from Ilaph - the a popular Arabic news website - that in recent weeks at least 30 Ahwazi Arabs have been executed, drowned in the Karoon River, died under torture or shot to death while being pursued by the security forces.

Ahwazi demands included the release of 250 people who were arrested on 11 January 2008 in a Mosque in Ahwaz during a funeral for Mr Haidari, a young Ahwazi political activist who was shot dead during a chase. Also the demonstrators requested the presence of international observers in Iranian courts where Ahwazi Arabs are being tried.

Adnan Salman, a member of the central committee of the Democratic Solidarity Party of Ahwaz, told Ilaph "the world should know that we are being massacred by the Islamic Republic just for trying to be who we are and preserve our identity; that we are here to demonstrate against the ethnic cleansing that is taking place in Iran." Mr. Salman also crticised Arab governments for their silence in the face of these attcrocities.

Hamza Bayazidi, a member of Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), which is also a member of the Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran (CNFI), highlighted the killing of two Kurdish students by the Iranian government.

Several Balochi leaders in London, including Dr Reza Husseinbor, Abdolah Siahoi and Rahim Bandoi, from various Baloch political aprties, drew attention to the killings in Balochistan over the past month, including five men whose hands and fingers were chopped off.
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE DEMONSTRATION AGAINST--Al-Ahwazi Arab Society – UK

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE DEMONSTRATION AGAINST--Al-Ahwazi Arab Society – UK

The societies of Baloch and Al-Ahwazi Arabs of UK call upon every quarter of oppressed nations of Iran and all freedom-lovers to join the demonstration against wave of recent executions and arbitary mass arrests in Al-Ahwaz and in Balochistan, and against killing and oppresive policies of the regime in Turkmansahra, in Kurdistan,in Azarbaijan and other regions of oppressed nations; and express condemnation for such barbaric acts of the tyrant regime.

Place: Opposite Iran’s Embassy in London


Time: 12.30 pm, Sunday 20th January 2008
Baloch Society -UK
Al-Ahwazi Society-UK
Hundreds Were Arrested by Iranian Security Forces During a Funeral in Ahwaz city

Hundreds Were Arrested by Iranian Security Forces During a Funeral in Ahwaz city

Despite our appeal of 30/12/2007 and the appeals of the international community and a large number of international human rights organizations, the Iranian regime this week secretly executed the following four political activists in Karoon prison in Ahwaz City: Ahmad Marmazi, Abdolhussein Harabii, Hussein Asakereh, and Mehdi Haidari. They were all Arab (Ahwazi) residents of Ma'sur (Mahshar), and were all married with children.

Four more men are slated for execution, possibly next week. They are all members of Iran's ethnic Arab minority in Khuzestan (al-Ahwaz) province, a homeland to five million Ahwazi Arabs in Iran.

During the funeral of Mehdi Haidari in the Seyed-ol-Shohada Mosque in Shilingaba, a poor section of Ahwaz, agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) attacked about 800 funeral attendees and arrested 150 to 200 of them. There are a number of juveniles among the detainees. Since the arrests a week ago, the families of detainees have been gathering outside the Khuzestan governor's office, demanding the immediate release of their children and relatives. None but a very few have been released so far.

Iranian Human Rights Activist Group (IHRG) has announced the names of 102 detainees:

1- Sheikh Abuhasan, 2- Mohsen Abidawi (45 years old), 3- Karim Ahmadi (28), 4- Ebrahim Bawi (poet), 5- Ali Abed Bedawi, 6- Muhammad Darisawi, 7- Qasem Daghaghle (18), 8- Rahim Daghaghle (16), 9- Ahmad Daghaghle, 10- Morteza Daghaghle, 11- Mahmud Daghaghle, 12- Abdulreza Daghaghle, 13- Musa Daghaghle, 14- Muhammad Daghaghle, 15- Saeed Dahani, 16- Musa Dahimi, 17 - Musa Dahimi (Abu Auwan), 18- Jafar Dahimi, 19- Sadik Dahimi, 20- Maki Duraghi, 21- Habib Duragi, 22- Jafar Duragi, 23- Seyed Ebrahim, 24- Abbas Eshghi (famous singer/entertainer in Ahwaz), 25- Khaled Halafi, 26- Hussein Heidari, 27- Khaled Halafi, 28- Abu Hassan (Poet), 29- Amer Heidari, 30- Kazem Heydari, 31- Jaber Hamidi (20), 32- Jawas Heydari (Poet), 33- Hamid Heydari Abumajud (Poet), 34- Kamal Heydari (Lawyer), 35- Ahmad Heydari, 36- Adnan Heydari, 37- Jawad Heydari, 38- Jamil Heydari, 39- Saeed Heydari, 40- Amir Heydari, 41- Muhammad Jasem Batrani, 42- Qasem Jalili, 43- Qasem Jalili, 44- Ahmad Khaledian (16), 45- Yusef Khaledian (17), 46- Ramaden Khasergi, 47- Ahmad Majdam (18), 48- Majid Majdam, 49- Saeed Majdam, 50- Seyed Tofiq Musawi, 51- Seyed Muhammad Musawi, 52- Seyed Dahayi Musai, 53- Saeed Muhammad, 54- Seyed Ali Musawi, 55- Seyed Ebrahim Musawi, 56- Jasem Mahawi, 57- Ebrahim Manesh Dawi (17), 58- Yaser Naseri (18), 59- Ramadan Nawabsari, 60- Qader Neysi, 61- Aqil Neysi, 62- Ali Neysi, 63- Qasem Neysi, 64- Yasin Neysi, 65- Hussein Neysi, 66- Mehdi Abu Saleh, 67- Mehdi Abu Saleh, 68- Abdolzahra Sawar(18), 69- Musa Dahimi (Sawari )(26), 70- Fadel Sharifi, 71- Salem Shakhi, 72- Ali Sawari, 73- Hussein Sawari, 74- Seyad Jume Sawari (Poet), 75- Khaled Sawari (30), 76- khalil Sawari (19),77- Reza Sawari, 78- Feysal Sawari, 79- Rahim Sawari, 80- Kaleld Sawari, 81- Rasul Sawari, 82- Saeed Sawaedi, 83- Sattar Sayahi Abu Sarwar (Poet) (30), 84- Mustafa Muhammad Sawari, 85- Hashem Sayyahi, 86- Hassan Saeedi, 87- Ahmad Shamusi (Lawyer), 88- Khaled Sayahi,89- Jamal Sayahi,90- Khaled Sayahi,91- Muhammad Sayahi,92- Hassan Saeedi, 93- Seyed Nasser Al Seyyed, 94- Abu Shoja (Poet), 95- Jafar Soidi (Dahimi) (13), 96- Qazi Tamimi, 97- Seyed Ebrahim Yaseri, 98- Seyed Naji Yaser,99- Seyed Fuad Yaseri, 100- Muhammad Amer Ziadat (Poet), 101- Mazid Zargani, 102- Sayed Naser al Sayed[1]

In the 12 months prior to the most recent executions, at least 19 Ahwazi-Arab activists have been publicly hanged (three were executed just days after Un Human Rights Commissioner , Ms. Arbour, visited Tehran in September 2007). Four others, including Zamal Bawi, Faleh al-Mansouri, Said Saki, Rasoul Mazrea, are in danger of imminent execution[2] [3]. The news of their impending executions has come from family members as well as the Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Amnesty International, and the Human Rights & Democracy Activists group, and from Mr. Musa Pirbani, Khuzestan's prosecutor. Mr. Mazrea, Mr. al-Mansouri and Mr. Saki, along with 3 other Ahwazis, were deported by the Syrian government in May 2006. The men were all recognized refugees under UNHCR protection, and were pending third-country resettlement at the time of their deportation to Iran.

The charges against them include hoisting the Ahwazi flag, giving their children Sunni names, converting from Shi'ism to Sunnism, preaching "Wahabbism", and being "Mohareb" or enemies of god, which carries death sentence. Other charges are "destabilizing the country", "attempting to overthrow the government", "possession of improvised explosives", "sabotage of oil installations" and being a "threat to national security."

Last year, Mr. Emadeldin Baghi, a leading Iranian human rights activist, in a letter to the chief of the judiciary Ayatollah Hashemi Shahroudi, argued that the trials of Ahwazi Arabs were flawed, the charges baseless, and that the sentencing was based on a spurious interpretation of law and that no evidence has been presented.[4] Mr. Nkbakht, a prominent defense lawyer in Iran, made a similar statement. Others, including the President of the European Council, the UN General Assembly, 48 British MPs, the EU Parliament, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have condemned their trials as unjust and unfair, and appealed for a halt to further execution.[5] [6] [7] [8] [9]

This new wave of executions is designed to intimidate and terrorize the indigenous Ahwazi-Arab population into submission. Although the Ahwazi Arab homeland in Iran's Khuzestan province is one of the most oil-rich regions in the world and represents up to 90 percent of Iran's oil production, the community endures extreme levels of poverty, unemployment and illiteracy. Ahwazis are subjected to repression and racial discrimination, and are faced with land confiscation, forced displacement and forced assimilation.

Also, on Friday 12 October 2007, in the predominantly Arab city of Hamidieh in Khuzestan (al-Ahwaz), some 200 residents were arrested following a peaceful march against poverty, unemployment and excessive repression and persecution, on the occasion of this year's Muslim Eid ul-Fitr holiday. The Iranian government refuses to divulge any information on the whereabouts of the detainees.



We appeal to you the world leaders and the international community to condemn the latest wave of arbitrary arrests and secret executions, and call upon the Iranian authorities to halt the imminent execution of the others. We request that you further call upon Iran to ensure due legal process in accordance with internationally recognized standards and to uphold its obligations with regard to civil and political rights, including the provision of equal rights to ethnic, religious and minority groups in Iran, including the indigenous Ahwazi-Arabs.


For further information, please see a dossier of other human rights violations against indigenous and ethnic Ahwazi-Arabs in Iran: http://www.ahwazmedia.com/dossier.pdf



Ahwaz Human Rights Organization
AHRO- UK -P.O.Box 17725, London, N5 2WP, U.K

AHRO-USA - P.O. Box 679, Lorton, Virginia 22199

[1] http://www.iranpressnews.com/source/034624.htm

[2] http://www.fidh.org/spip.php?article4711

[3] http://pejvakzendanyan.blogfa.com/post-108.aspx

[4] http://www.emadbaghi.com/en/archives/000761.php

[5] http://www.consilium.europa.eu/ueDocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/en/cfsp/92611.pdf

[6] http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGMDE130052007?open&of=ENG-IRN\

[7] http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGMDE130852006?open&of=ENG-392

[8] http://www.hrw.org/english/docs/2006/11/11/iran14560.htm

[9] http://hrw.org/english/docs/2006/06/26/iran13609.htm
NCRI, Iran: The mullahs' regime amputated a hand and foot of five prisoners

NCRI, Iran: The mullahs' regime amputated a hand and foot of five prisoners

The mullahs' regime amputated the right hand and left foot of five prisoners identified as M.A. Jalali, A.B. Rigi, A. Rigi, A.R. Roudini and D. Pahlevan, the state-run news agency ISNA reported on Sunday.

The mullahs' henchmen hanged in public two prisoners named Abulfazl R. and Abulfazl M. in the central city of Arak, the state-run news agency Fars reported yesterday.

On Saturday, a man identified as Alireza Mayboti was hanged in public in the holy city of Qom, reported the above source.

A prisoner was hanged in the western city of Hamedan and another one in the northeastern city of Gorgon without being identified, the official news agency IRNA reported on January 3, and 5 respectively.

Only a week into the New Year, the clerical regime executed 16 prisoners, amputated the limbs of five other victims, and imprisoned 80 local residents, among them a number of juveniles in the southwestern city of Ahwaz. All are signs of a regime desperate in combating the increasing popular uprisings nationwide.

The Iranian Resistance calls on the UN Secretary General, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and all other human rights organizations to condemn the suppressive measures adopted by the Iranian regime and refer its human rights dossier to the UN Security Council.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
Maryam Rajavi calls for release of Ahwaz detainees

Maryam Rajavi calls for release of Ahwaz detainees

Following an increasing wave of suppression and arrests by the mullahs' regime in the southwestern province of Khuzestan last week, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance expressed sympathy with the families of those arrested by the State Security Forces (SSF).

Last week, the SSF units and agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) attacked Seyed-ol-Shohada Mosque, arresting 80 local residents. There are a number of juveniles among the detainees.

On January 2, the families of detainees gathered outside the Khuzistan's governor's office, demanding the immediate release of their children and relatives.

The Iranian regime is attempting to combat the volatile state in the region by adopting such suppressive measures in Khuzistan Province.
Iran condemned for torturing Arab prisoners to death

Iran condemned for torturing Arab prisoners to death

The following is an urgent appeal from the Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation concerning the torturing to death of ethnic Arabs

To: Ms. Louise Arbour , High Commissioner for Human Rights, Office of the United Nations
UNOG-OHCHR, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Dear Madam Commissioner:

After this year's Muslim Eid ul-Fitr prayer on Friday 12 October 2007, residents of the city of Hamidieh, an Arab city in the predominately Arab-populated Khuzestan (al-Ahwaz) province in Southwest Iran, staged a peaceful march against poverty, unemployment and excessive repression and persecution of Arabs. Iranian security forces attacked the demonstrators and arrested hundreds. According to the relatives of those held in custody, the Ministry of Information and Security has refused to divulge any information on their whereabouts, condition and the charges against them. Recently some of the families were told to collect the dead bodies of their family members from morgues in the barrack of Army 92nd Division. We have received reliable reports that they have died under torture. Their names are as follows:

1. Ghaiban Obidawi, a laborer, 38, married with four children. He was killed under torture. His fingers on both hands were cut off and his eyes were partially gouged out, according to his family. His body was found in Karoon River on December 12, 2007.

2. Ali Chaldawi, 23, food vendor. He was killed under torture in Ahwaz on 9 December 2007. His body was retrieved in an alleyway in Ahwaz City on 11 December 2007. His body has many visible torture marks, including severed fingers and the removal of toe nails.

3. Ali Obidawi (Sawari), 37, son of Ghanem Obidawi, a former member of Hamidieh City Council. Taxi Driver, married with two children. There has been no trace of him since his arrest in October. The government has not provided any information despite his family's repeated requests. His family and other local sources believe he died under torture.

4. Yousef Lefteh-pour, 24, single, a resident of Hamidieh. There has been no trace of him since his arrest in October. The government has not provided any information despite his family's repeated requests. His family and other local sources believe he died under torture in Sepidar prison in Ahwaz.

5. Ahmad Saedi (Marmazi), truck driver, 23 , married. The Ministry of Information and Security has not provided any information to his family despite his family's repeated requests. His family and other local sources believe he died under torture.

6. Saleh Ameri (aka Ahmad Jazeyeri), former secretary general of Ahwaz Liberation Front, which was dissolved after 1979 Iranian revolution, is reportedly still undergoing severe torture in Ahwaz. He is 76 years old and has not been politically active for over 28 years. However, he is a widely respected symbol and hero of resistance against the oppression of Tehran government against indigenous Ahwazi Arabs.

7. Walid Naisi, 50, married with five children, a manager of the Eshragh Bookstore and Cultural Center in Ahwaz City. He was arrested along with some 50 employees of Eshragh in October 2007 on suspicion of selling Arabic literature considered seditious by the Iranian government. The Ministry of Information and Security has not provided any information to his family despite his family's repeated requests. His family and other local sources believe he died under torture.

Families who have recovered the dead bodies of those detained by the Iranian government have been ordered not to have a public burial or any other burial ceremony. Instead, they were ordered to bury the bodies in unmarked burial grounds specified by the government in a remote area called Lanat-Abad (the damned Cemetery), where animals are also buried.

Madam Commissioner: As you know, in addition to the above, in the past 12 months, at least 19 Ahwazi-Arab activists have been publicly hanged (three were executed just days after your visit to Tehran in September). Seven others, including Zamal Bawi, Faleh al-Mansouri, Said Saki, Rasoul Mazrea, Ahmad Marmazi, Hissein Asakereh and Abdolhossein Haribi, are in danger of imminent execution[1] [2].

The killing and the executions are in the context of a brutal clamp-down on Ahwazi Arabs protesting against ethnic discrimination and persecution - designed to intimidate them into submission.

Most charges against most Arab activists include requesting autonomy for Khuzestan (al-Ahwaz), converting from Shi'ism to Sunnism and being "Mohareb" or enemies of God, which carries a death sentence. Other unsubstantiated charges allege "destabilizing the country", "attempting to overthrow the government", "possession of improvised explosives", "sabotage of oil installations" and being a "threat to national security."

Although the homeland of the Ahwazi Arabs, who number five million, is one of the most oil-rich regions in the world and represents up to 90 per cent of Iran's oil production, the community endures high levels of poverty, unemployment and illiteracy. Ahwazis are subjected to repression, racial discrimination and are faced with land confiscation, forced displacement and forced assimilation.

We appeal to you to condemn the latest torture and wave of execution and call upon Iranian authorities to halt the imminent execution of the others. We also request that you call upon Iran to ensure due legal process in accordance with internationally recognized standards and to uphold its obligations with regard to civil and political rights, including the provision of equal rights to ethnic, religious and minority groups in Iran – such as the indigenous Ahwazi Arabs – as outlined in the Iranian constitution and various international conventions to which Iran is a signatory.

Sincerely,

Karim Abdian, PhD

Executive Director
Ahwaz Human Rights Organization

[1] http://www.fidh.org/spip.php?article4711

[2] http://pejvakzendanyan.blogfa.com/post-108.aspx