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Ahwazi prisoner released five years after deportation from Syria

Ahwazi Arab political prisoner Saeed Hamadi has been released after five years imprisonment, according to local sources.

He was extradited from Syria to Iran and jailed in Karoon Prison in 2008, but was released on 18 February. He was one of the founding members of Al-Amjaad and Al-Shorogh cultural centres. The charges against him were unclear, but are thought to relate to his Arab cultural activities. The Iranian regime has closed a number of Arab cultural centres and bookshops on the grounds of threatening national security.

A number of other Ahwazi Arab refugees were deported by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, all of whom are UNHCR protected refugees. Currently, UNHCR registered refugee Mohammad Ali Amouri is facing imminent execution two years after he was illegally repatriated to Iran by the Iraqi authorities. Both the Iraqi and Syrian governments routinely break international laws on non-refoulement of Ahwazi Arab refugees, apparently in an attempt to cement their alliance to the regime in Tehran.