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Concerns Over Ahwazi Sunni After Abduction By Iran

An Ahwazi Arab accused of preaching Sunni Islam has been missing for nearly three months after being abducted from his home in Ahwaz City by Iranian intelligence agents, say concerned members of his family.
Bahger Gholami, who is married with two children, was arrested on March 6 2016 for his alleged religious activities and is being held at an undisclosed location. His home was also raided without a warrant and books and a computer were confiscated. The security agencies are refusing to give information on his whereabouts or well-being. 
Gholami has previously been arrested in February 2011, July 2012 and December 2013 on the basis of his Sunni faith, which differs from the Iranian government's official Shia Islam faith.
He has also served one year in prison following conviction in a Revolutionary Court for allegedly conspiring to commit crimes against national security, forming relations with foreign secessionist groups and propaganda against the regime. Such charges are routinely made against Ahwazi Arab activists and have often led to harsh punishments, including long jail terms in prisons on the other side of the country or the death penalty.
Iranian officials have been alarmed at the growing rate of Sunni conversion among Ahwazi Arabs in recent years, leading to more crackdowns from the Shia-led Iranian regime. Official harassment, continuous arrest, imprisonment and exile of Sunni activists are used to intimidate them and prevent conversion to Sunnism, which is regarded as "anti-Iranian".
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