URGENT ACTION AHWAZI ARAB TEACHERS NEARING EXECUTION?

 FIVE ARAB MEN AT IMMINENT RISK OF EXECUTION

 

 

 

 
Imprisoned teachers Hadi Rashedi and Hashem Sha’bani Amouri, both members of Iran’s
Ahwazi Arab minority, have been transferred to an unknown location, which suggests
their executions may be imminent.
Hadi Rashedi and Hashem Sha’bani Amouri were transferred on 7 December to an unknown location from
Karoun Prison in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province. They may be at imminent risk of execution, given the recent news
that four other Ahwazi Arab men were secretly executed in November or December 2013.
Hadi Rashedi and Hashem Sha’bani Amouri were arrested in early 2011, along with three other men, Mohammad
Ali Amouri, Sayed Jaber Alboshoka and his brother Sayed Mokhtar Alboshoka, apparently in connection with
their cultural activities on behalf of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority. They were sentenced to death on 7 July 2012 by
Branch Two of the Ahvaz Revolutionary Court, after being convicted of charges including “enmity against God”,
“corruption on earth”, “gathering and colluding against state security” and “spreading propaganda against the
system”. All five men were denied access to a lawyer and their families for the first nine months of their detention
and are believed to have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated before and after the verdict. Hadi Rashedi and
Hashem Sha’bani Amouri were shown “confessing” on a state television channel before the trial, in violation of
international standards on fair trial. In January 2013, the Supreme Court upheld their death sentences. In March
2013, the men began a hunger strike in protest at this decision, their alleged torture and other ill-treatment and the
prison authorities’ refusal to grant them medical treatment. They continued the hunger strike for 28 days.
All five men were transferred in August 2013 to an unknown location where they were held for between one and
five weeks. Hadi Rashedi and Hashem Sha’bani Amouri were reported to have been pressured to make videotaped
“confessions” and are believed to have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated when they refused.
Please write immediately in Persian, Arabic, English or your own language:
 Urging the authorities to reveal the whereabouts of Hadi Rashedi and Hashem Sha’bani Amouri, not execute
any of the five men (naming them) and order retrials for all of the men, in proceedings in line with international fair
trial standards and without recourse to the death penalty;
 Urging them to effectively investigate the allegations that the men were tortured or otherwise ill-treated and
disallow as evidence in court any “confessions” that may have been obtained under torture;
 Calling on them to ensure the men are protected from torture and other ill-treatment, are granted all necessary
medical treatment and are allowed immediate and regular contact with their lawyers and families.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 20 JANUARY 2014 TO:
Leader of the Islamic Republic
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme
Leader
Islamic Republic Street – End
of Shahid
Keshvar Doust Street,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of
Iran
Twitter: @khamenei_ir
Email: info_leader@leader.ir
Salutation: Your Excellency
Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani
c/o Public Relations Office
Number 4, 2 Azizi Street
intersection
Tehran, Islamic Republic of
Iran
Email: info@dadiran.ir
(Subject line: FAO
Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani)
Salutation: Your Excellency
And copies to:
President of the Islamic
Republic of Iran
Hassan Rouhani
The Presidency
Pasteur Street, Pasteur Square
Tehran, Islamic Republic of
Iran
Email: media@rouhani.ir
Twitter: @HassanRouhani
(English) and
@Rouhani_ir (Persian)
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE13/053/2013/en

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