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Concerns grow over Ahwazi political prisoner

The fate of Ahwazi Arab political prisoner Jabbar Yabbari (45) is the focus of increasing concern among human rights activists with signs that his health is ailing.

The father of six was arrested by plain clothes officers on 22 March amid a widespread crackdown in which dozens were detained ahead of planned anti-government protests planned for April.

Yabbari has a heart condition and was reportedly admitted to hospital a month after his detention, according to EAHRO, although his medical treatment has been described as insufficient. There are also concerns that he is being beaten and tortured during his incarceration and he is being denied access to a lawyer to defend him. As a prominent member of the Ahwazi Arab community, he has been arrested twice before over the past 20 years.

In recent days at least four Ahwazi Arabs have been officially executed with reports of a number of other state-sanctioned killings, including the death of a prisoner during unrest at Karoon Prison where many Ahwazi Arab political prisoners are held.