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Iran-Balochistan: Three Prominent Student Leaders Arrested

Report by the Balochistan Peoples Front

Three prominent student leaders in Baluchistan have been arrested after widespread demonstrations protesting against unprecedented widespread fraud in elections. Shahryar Hosseinbor, Ahmad Rigi and Saeed Arbabzahi were taken to unidentified prisons and their family's search for finding them has not returned a positive result. These students were involved in civil and legal activities.

They were part of a group that organised and supervised the election process. The arrested students witnessed the counting of the votes but Ahmadinejad who has won the least votes in Baluchistan was declared the winner of the elections. This was something very surprising for those who supervised elections and the process of counting the votes.

The record shows that the Islamic Republic of Iran uses ruthless techniques and torture to punish the opponents in Baluchistan. Those who have been arrested claimed that their feet were drilled, their bodies were burnt, their finger nails were pulled and their genitals were damaged. A large number of them have been executed or hanged in public.

The Baluch people are Sunnis and they are considered by the Iranian security forces as infidels who deserve to have maximum physical and mental torture before being hanged. Roxana Saberi, the American journalist that was detained a few months ago and released later [2009], claimed that she was persuaded to confess to suggested allegations to secure her later release from prison.

It is likely that these students would face the same fate if the international community and human rights organizations do not take adequate actions NOW to force the Islamic Republic of Iran to release them as soon as possible.