15 October, 2013

"Moderate" Rouhani intensifies Iran's human rights abuses against Arabs

President Hassan Rouhani, has stepped up the Iranian regime's arbitrary arrests, imprisonment and death sentences against Ahwazi Arabs since coming to power.

Ahwazi rights activists have also reported an increase in physical and psychological torture by the Iranian intelligence services, while the secretive Revolutionary Courts have issued more life terms, death sentences and internal exile against indigenous Arabs. The Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation (AHRO) has condemned the arrests and persecution of Ahwazi Arab activists and other civil activists and has called on the Islamic Republic to free them immediately.

The arrests are being synchronised with a propaganda campaign with Iranian English language television channel, Press TV, planning to broadcast the forced confessions of three Ahwazi torture victims.

Death penalty
Before Rouhani's election, in February the Iranian Supreme Court issued death sentences against 11 Ahwazi Arab political prisoners who remain on death row waiting imminent execution. They have not been given clemency or a reduction in their sentence by the president, who is wrongly hailed as a "moderate" by the Western media:
  • Hadi Rashedi
  • Hashem Shabani
  • Mohammad Ali Amouri
  • Jaber Alboshoka
  • Mokhtar Alboshoka
  • Ali Chabishat Kaabi 
  • Sayed Yassin Mousavi
  • Abdul Reza Amir Khanafereh
  • Ghazi Abbasi
  • Abdul Amir Moujadami
  • Jasem Moughadam
Internal exile
During the last few weeks the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Ahwaz has issued 20 years imprisonments and 10 years with exile of 9 Ahwazi activists and the following names were confirmed:
  • Hassan Naseri, 20 years imprisonment and exile to Sabzevar city
  • Ahmad Dabbat, 20 years imprisonment in Rasht (North of Iran) city
  • Ali Kenani (Jaajaa), 20 years imprisonment in Sari
  • Abbas Sagouri, 15 years in Hamadan
  • Ahmad Kaabi (Zegheibi) 15 years in Kerman
  • Jaafar Kaabi, 15 years in Yazd
  • Sajad Beyt Abdullah, 15 years in Gorgan city
  • Yousef Khazraji, 10 years in Shiraz
  • Maher Kaabi (Zegheibi), 10 years to unknown place
They were sentenced by Branch 1 of the Dezful Revolutionary Court for “waging war against God, corruption on earth, and acting against the national security” due to alleged contacts with foreign human rights organisations. All were arrested, detained and tortured by the Ministry of Intelligence.

Arrests
In early October this year the Iranian security forces arrested 15 Ahwazi Arab civilians while attending a traditional poetry festival. They are currently suffering severe physical and mental torture:
  • Mohammad Ali Alelah
  • Mheibes Bereihi
  • Ahmad Delfieh
  • Habib Mazraah
  • Sajad Chaabawi
  • Ahmad Karaji
  • Hassan Bawi
  • Houssin Bawi
  • Saeed Karaji
  • Hamed Rahmati
  • Mohammad Fatheli
  • Reza Arshak
  • Karim  Bereihi
  • Jamal Jarbawi
  • Mahmoud Aetabi  
In Ahwaz City, 18 Ahwazi Arabs were put in trial at Branch 4 of the Revolutionary Court on charges of conversion to Sunnism, propagating "Wahhabism" and opposing the Islamic Republic. The men were arrested at Arabic and Quran classes in the Mallashiyeh area of Ahwaz. One of those arrested claimed he was tortured after denying having any association with a foreign Sunni Arab cleric. The security services confiscated a number of religious books and CDs, but found no evidence that they were involved in any violent activities. They were released with a hefty surety of two to three billion rials each in order to prevent them from fleeing the country, which would leave their families in further financial hardship.

Name
Surname
Age
Date of arrest
Period of detention
Date of release
Prison
Nasser
Mansouri (Assadi)
36
27/02/13
40 days
13/08/13
Karoon
Mohammad
Mansouri (Mazrea)
36
27/02/13
16 days
27/06/13
Karoon
Salem
Borajea
27
27/02/13
40 days
14/08/13
Karoon
Norooz (Nezar)
Badawi
26
02/03/13
36 days
07/08/13
Sepidar
Khalil
Marwaneh (Khazraji)
24 days
27/02/13
40 days
14/08/13
Karoon
Ahmad
Heidari
24
26/02/13
40 days
14/08/13
Karoon
Hakim
Marwaneh (Khasraji)
22
11/03/13
25 days
19/08/13
Sepidar
Malek (Maki)
Albosowaid (Silawi)
19
27/02/13
16 days
03/07/13
Sepidar
Reza
Bawi (Nasseri)
21
27/02/13
16 days
03/08/13
Sepidar
Issa
Boezar
20
27/02/13
16 days
07/08/13
Sepidar
Abbas
Badawi
20
27/02/13
16 days
02/07/13
Sepidar
Faisal
Boazar (Sillawi)
20
27/02/13
16 days
07/08/13
Sepidar
Naji
Nemati (Silawi)
19
27/02/13
16 days
25/05/13
Sepidar
Waleed
Masoodi
21
27/02/13
16 days
06/08/13
Sepidar
Chaseb
Bait Sayah
19
27/02/13
16 days
07/08/13
Sepidar
Nasser
Shijirat
22
27/02/13
40 days
07/08/13
Sepidar
Ibrahim
Dihimi
25
27/02/13
40 days
07/08/13
Sepidar
Hossein
Hamoodi
20
27/02/13
40 days
07/08/13
Sepidar

 
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