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The Islamic Republic of Iran will hang tomorrow 14 Baloch in a public show

The Islamic Republic of Iran will hang tomorrow 14 Baloch in a public show

By Reza Hossein Borr

The Islamic Republic of Iran will hang tomorrow early in the morning at 6. 30, Iranian time, fourteen young Baluch on the fabricated charges of corrupting the earth and fighting God in a public park to stage a show for exhibiting its credentials as the worst killer in the Iranian history. The Iranian Fars News Agency reported that the relatives of the victims have been invited to go and watch the show of hanging. It's not clear who the victims are as the full identities of the men who are supposed to be hanged have not been yet exposed to the public. Abdul Hamid Rigi, the older brother of Abdul Malik Rigi, the leader of People's Resistance Movement of Iran, Jondollah, is among them.

The Islamic Republic of Iran that exposed its nature in killing dozens of people in recent demonstrations after the biggest fraud in the history of elections, will continue to arrest, torture and execute the innocent people of Iran on fabricated charges as it executed 23 young Iranians few days after the elections on charges of murder and drug trafficking. Three of them were the Baluch political activists that were involved only in peaceful demonstrations is in Karaj, near Tehran.

The Islamic Republic of Iran staged another show few days ago in a public conference hall and forced Abdul Hamid and few others to confess on the charges and crimes that they have not committed. The security forces invited a large number of Baluch dignitaries in the conference hall to hear their confessions. The same political campaigners were forced to appear on television and confess. It seems that the Islamic Republic of Iran is in the business of extracting confessions from innocent prisoners who have been tortured for a long time to confess to public. Roxana Saberi, an American-Iranian journalist who was arrested in Iran few months ago, was forced to confess. She announced after her release that she has been forced to confess to matters that she had not committed but she accepted the suggestions in the hope of getting released or getting better behaviours. She was told that if she accepts the suggested allegations then she will be released and therefore, she accepted all the suggestions and confessed. Among different charges that she accepted to confess was being a CIA spy.

The fourteen young Baluch also have been forced to accept that they have been agents of CIA.

The fourteen young men which are claimed to be members of the Jondollah have been campaigning for the legitimate rights of the Baluch people who are Sunnis in a majority Shia country. The Baluch people have been systematically oppressed since the beginning of the revolution for seeking equality of rights and opportunities with other Iranians. According to the constitution of the Islamic Republic and other laws that have been passed by Iranian parliament, the Sunnis are prohibited from becoming supreme leader, president, minister, deputy minister, army general, ambassador, or any other high official. The official religion of the state has been declared Shiism which is a radical opponent of the Sunni people.

The cruelties of the regime were exhibited in the recent elections and demonstrations after the biggest fraud in elections. The Iranian people went into the streets in millions and protested against the fraud and demanded the cancellation of elections but the government decided to crush demonstrations and impose Ahmadinejad as the president. The demonstrations still continue in different parts of Iran.

The Baluch people have experienced the same cruelties in the last 30 years but the news of the crackdown on the Baluch people has been always concealed. Now the Iranian people and international community can imagine that what kind of crimes the security forces committed in Baluchistan where no journalist is allowed to go and no political party is permitted. The province is completely isolated from the world and the silence can be heard time to time when the security forces attack some armed Baluch in some corners of Baluchistan.

The fact that the Islamic Republic of Iran has decided to stage an entertaining show from the hanging of fourteen young Baluch can clearly show the kind of policies that the regime has pursued and implemented in Baluchistan. They want to create maximum fear among the Baluch people and force them into submission of the most inhumane behaviours. Like many other Baluch that have been hanged in public, the fourteen young Baluch will join eternity with big smiles. They know that they will become part of the Baluch history, legends and heroes.
Iran-Iraq: Identity of released Iranian 'diplomat' revealed

Iran-Iraq: Identity of released Iranian 'diplomat' revealed

An Iranian 'diplomat' recently released by the US is a senior member of the Revolutionary Guards and a top commander of the Qods Force, which aids foreign terrorist organisations, according to reliable reports received by the British Ahwazi Friendship Society (BAFS).

"Majid Dagheri", real name Haji Abdulzahra Dagheri, was one of five Iranian citizens arrested by US forces in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Arbil in January 2007. US officials claimed that they included the operations chief and other members of Iran's Qods Force who were arming local Shi'ite militias involved in operations against US forces. The Iranian government insisted they were diplomats. The men were handed over to Iran after they were transferred to the custody of the Iraqi government under the terms of an Iraq-US security accord.

Dagheri served as one of the chief commanders of the Revolutionary Guards, based in Susangerd. He became a Qods Force operative and was sent to Saudi Arabia to foment unrest within the country's Shia population. This operation was conducted to avenge the deaths of Iranian pilgrims during an anti-American protest in Mecca in 1987. He was also involved in the torture and murder of Iraqi prisoners of war who surrendered to Iran during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War.

An Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, Hassan Ghashghavi, said he was 'innocent' and 'arrested against all international regulations under the Vienna convention.'

BAFS spokesman Nasser Bani Assad said: "It is astonishing that a well-known high-level Iranian terrorist has been released by the US and allowed to go home. It is highly likely that he will return to his job and continue to organise plots against the Arab world and Western states in order to advance the Iranian regime's political ambitions. He is far more dangerous than Al-Qaeda's Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who ran terrorist operations in Iraq, and the US killed him. Handing over Dagheri to Iran is a disastrous act of appeasement that will achieve nothing in terms of advancing security and democracy in the Middle East."
Iran: Arrests, killings and assassinations as uprising continues in Ahwaz region

Iran: Arrests, killings and assassinations as uprising continues in Ahwaz region

A number of Ahwazi Arab organisations have reported on recent clashes between the ethnic Arab population and the Iranian authorities.

Jaffar Abdulzahra Khantaf, a resident of Borwayeh village and a lecturer at Chamran University in Ahwaz City, was shot dead in Tehran while taking part in opposition protests there, according to the Democratic Solidarity Party of Al-Ahwaz, a pro-federalist group allied with the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan. He was studying for his doctorate in Tehran. Jaffar was shot in the head by the Bassij in the Tehran Metro and later died in hospital. His family was forced to bury him privately and without mourning, under the direction of the security forces.

Meanwhile, two members of the Revolutionary Guards were shot dead by Arab militants on 4 July, according to the separatist Ahwazi Arab People's Democratic Popular Front. The first was killed in Ariashar district close to Padadshahr district and second in Yousefi district close to Abadan junction. The same group quotes a report from the 'Ahwazi Voice Agency' that claimed three armed Arab militants clashed with security forces in Ma'shor (Mahshahr) on June 22, leading to the death of a 26-year-old Arab militant from Falahiya and two members of the Revolutionary Guards.

On July 5, dozens of Ahwazi Arabs were arbitrarily arrested by the Revolutionary Guards in the Arbaa-Asood area (Charshir and Korush areas), according to the separatist National Liberation Movement of Ahwaz (NLMA). The security forces had attempted to raid the restive Arab districts of Hay Al-Thawra and Malashiya, which have been the focus of Ahwazi Arab resistance in recent years, were forced back by Arab 'resistance', although no casualties were reported.
Iran: Ahwazi Arab torture victim tells his story

Iran: Ahwazi Arab torture victim tells his story

An Ahwazi Arab asylum seeker living in the UK since April has come forward to testify against the Iranian regime's use of torture against peaceful opponents.

Mr Jazayeri, 33, participated in peaceful demonstrations against the Iranian regime's persecution of Ahwazi Arabs in April 2005 when he was first arrested. He had been knocked unconscious after being attacked with tear gas and beaten by the Bassij paramilitaries. When he awoke he discovered he was being held in solitary confinement. Pictures he has submitted to the British Ahwazi Friendship Society (BAFS) show that he continues to bear the scars of his ordeal, caused by multiple lacerations of the skin on his back (see photos). He suffered other injuries to his body which are not shown in this photograph.

After his release he lost his job and suffered mental trauma, including depression, as well as physical problems. Like many torture victims, the worst scars are emotional. In a candid and courageous interview with BAFS in which he repeatedly broke down, Jazayeri said: "After my release I felt so depressed, useless, ashamed and ill-tempered. After some months I recovered a little and instead of feeling demoralised I decided to stand up against the tyranny."

Jazayeri began supporting the Democratic Solidarity Party of Al-Ahwaz, an Ahwazi Arab group calling for minority rights and self-determination for his people, despite being ordered not to participate in any political activities following his release. He said that political activism gave meaning to his life, which had been shattered by his time in prison. However, the authorities learned of his activism and he fled his home.

Some time in March, the security services raided his frail, elderly mother's house in an attempt to find him and violently assaulted her. Her neighbours found her unconscious and sent her to hospital where she died of her injuries. Jazayeri has requested BAFS publish photos of her dying and the injuries to her hands, which were heavily bruised by regime agents during their attack on her.

The death of his mother has left Jazayeri feeling distraught. He said: "They killed my beloved mother, they took out their revenge on my diabetic and elderly mother. My mother is a victim of liberty like Neda Soltani. These victims have paid with their life for others' freedom and for democracy in Iran. They killed her but her spirit will inspire all Ahwazi rights seekers. I've missed her already but I know I am not alone and thousands people in Iran suffering the same."

The details of Jazayeri's case are typical of the cases of torture documented by BAFS over the past four years and his case is not unique. However, most torture victims have been reluctant to talk openly about their experiences due to feelings of embarrassment and shame. Jazayeri wants to turn his suffering into something that can help create positive change for Ahwazi Arabs and the whole of Iran. BAFS appeals to the international community to stand in solidarity with the regime's victims and prevent the perpetration of human rights abuses in Iran.

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