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.
Leader of the Islamic Republic
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme
Islamic Republic Street – End
of Shahid
Keshvar Doust Street,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of
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
Tehran, Islamic Republic of
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
Email: media@rouhani.ir
Twitter: @HassanRouhani
(English) and
@Rouhani_ir (Persian)
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.



Report: Iran Has Executed 529 People in 2013


More than 300 killed since ‘moderate’ Rouhani took office

Iran has executed 529 people this year, including more 300 since President Hassan Rouhani assumed office in August, according to a tallycompiled by the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC).

The number of executions have significantly spiked since Rouhani took office, leading some to argue that this clashes with his image as a moderate reformer.

Iran now has the dubious honor of being the global leader per capita in executions, according to the IHRDC.

The sharp spike in killing has prompted criticism from some observers who say that the United States and other Western nations are ignoring Tehran’s massive human rights infractions in order to facilitate Iran’s approval of a final nuclear accord.

“Under the shadow of negotiations, however, Iran’s appalling human rights situation has hardly changed,” Iranian activists Payam Akhavan and Shirin Ebadi wrote in a recent Washington Post op-ed.

Executions have actually increased as Tehran engages in talks with the West, according to Akhavan and Ebadi.

Many of those executed by Iran, mainly by hanging, were accused of being a “Moharebeh,” or one who is designated as “waging war against God” under Islamic law.

Many others were hung in secrecy and after being convicted of crimes during closed trials that human rights observers classified as unfair and lacking in international standards.

However, others maintain that the spike is a result of internal divisions and power struggles between Iran’s so-called moderate wing and its more hardline judiciary.

The execution figures are compiled from both official and unofficial reports in the Iranian media and elsewhere. The Iranian government has officially acknowledged at least 400 executions in 2013.

The White House admits that human rights issues are not being discussed during the nuclear negotiations.

“As we have consistently made clear, the P5+1 negotiations with Iran have focused exclusively on the nuclear issue,” a senior Obama administration official told theWashington Free Beacon. “It is important to note that progress on the nuclear issue does not change our resolve in pushing back against Iranian support for terrorism, threats against our friends and partners, and violations of human rights.”

Iranian officials and others have said that the United States unsuccessfully attempted to broach human rights and other issues during the talks.

“The Americans asked to open other files during the nuclear negotiation, but the Iranians insisted on limiting the debate,” Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah wasquoted as saying earlier this month.

An Iranian official made similar claims to al-Monitor.

“Iran knows what it wants, and that’s what we are after,” an anonymous Iranian official was quoted as saying.

“The Syrian crisis wasn’t at the heart of the negotiations, but it was discussed thoroughly during side talks,” the source reportedly said. “Moreover, there was an American request that we discuss possible options whenever the nuclear deal is sealed, and that’s why some regional powers asked the French to put their spanners [wrench] into the talks, and here we are.”

Iran has long been a global leader in executions and political imprisonment.

Many of those executed are drug dealers and traffickers who have been arrested and imprisoned on charges that do not adhere to international judicial standards.

Most of these Iranian drug convicts are killed publicly, often by hanging from a crane.

Another four political prisoners from the ethnic minority Ahwazi Arab population were executed under questionable circumstances last week after facing torture, imprisonment, and secret trials that activists criticized as unfair.

Former Pentagon adviser Michael Rubin said that Iran’s moderate outreach is often paired with a domestic crackdown.

“It’s a common pattern: Iran always couples external outreach with increasing repression at home,” said Rubin, author of Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes.

“Basically, the ayatollahs are telling their people: ‘Make no mistake. Our moderation is for external consumption only. And to make sure you understand that, we are going to ramp up executions,’” Rubin said.


URGENT ACTION: Two Ahwazi Arab political prisoners face imminent execution/قریب الوقوع بودن اعدام دو زندانی سیاسی اهوازی


Iran Human Rights, December 10: Iranian authorities moved two prominent Ahwazi Arab prisoners from Karoun Prison to an undisclosed location on 7 December, prompting fears they could be executed.

Iran Human Rights calls for the Iranian authorities to immediately overturn the death sentences of the men, who were subjected to torture and unfair trials that have been condemned by several UN experts. IHR’s appeal comes just days after four other Ahwazi Arab prisoners were taken from Karoun Prison and executed.

Hashem Shabani (32) and Hadi Rashedi (38) were sentenced to death for Moharebeh (“enmity against God”), Mufsid-fil-Arz (“corruption on earth”) and spreading propaganda against the system in July 2012 alongside three other political prisoners. All are founding members of Al-Hiwar, a cultural institute that promoted Arabic education, literature and cultural activities among deprived Ahwazi Arab youth.

Insisting on his innocence and demanding a retrial before an impartial court, Shabani has retracted the “confession” made following torture and has repeatedly repudiated violence. In a letter smuggled out of prison, Shabani wrote that he had written blogs and essays critical of the treatment of minorities in Iran, including “hideous crimes against Ahwazis

perpetrated by the Iranian authorities, particularly arbitrary and unjust executions. Through this reporting, I was defending the legitimate right that every nation in this world should have which is the right to live freely with full civil rights. With all these miseries and tragedies, I have never used a weapon to fight these atrocious crimes except the pen. ”

The death sentences against the men were met with condemnation by a group of five United Nations independent experts in January, who accused the Iranian authorities of torture and unfair trials.

The European Union subsequently imposed sanctions on judge Seyyed Mohammad Bagher Moussavi of Branch 2 of the Ahwaz Revolutionary Court who sentenced the men to death as well as the officials responsible for broadcasting the “confessions”, head of IRIB World Service and Press TV Muhammad Sarafraz and Press TV newsroom director Hamid Reza Emadi.

حقوق بشر ایران، ١٩ آذر ١٣٩٢: نگرانی از احتمال اجرای حكم اعدام دو زندانی عرب اهوازی با انتقال آنها از زندان كارون به محل نامعلومی در ١٦ آذر ماه

سازمان حقوق بشر ایران از مقامات ایرانی می خواهد که حکم اعدام این زندانیان را كه‌ در محاكم و پروسه‌ ناعادلانه توام با شكنجه‌ به‌ مجازات مرگ محكوم شده‌اند، فوری لعو و متوقف نماید. این درخواست سازمان حقوق بشر ایران تنها چند روز پس از اعدام چهار زندانی دیگر اهوازی عرب است كه‌ آنها نیز از زندان کارون برای اعدام به‌ مكان نامعلومی منتقل شده‌ بودند.

هاشم شعبانی ٣٢ ساله‌ و هادی راشدی ٣٨ ساله‌ به اتهامات محاربه، مفسد فی الارض و تبلیغ علیه نظام در سال ٢٠١٢ همراه با سه فعال سیاسی دیگر اهوازی محکوم به اعدام شدند. همه آنها اعضای موسس الحوار هستند كه‌ یك موسسه فرهنگی و برای ترویج، آموزش زبان و ادبیات عربی و فعالیت های فرهنگی در میان جوانان محروم اهوازی تاسیس شده‌ است.

شعبانی با تاكید بر بی گناهی خود خواستار محاکمه مجدد در یک دادگاه بی طرف شده‌ و “اعترافات” ساختگی را كه‌ زیر شکنجه و تحت خشونت اخذ شده‌ را رد كرده‌ است.

شعبانی در نامه‌ای كه‌ مخفیانه از زندان بیرون آمده‌ است، اظهار می دارد که او در وبلاگ و در مقالات و مطالبی كه منتشر می كرد در مورد بحرانی بودن وضعیت اقلیت ها در ایران هشدار داده‌ است: “این نوشته ها و مواضع، فردی و بدون هماهنگی با هیچ شخص و یا گروهی بوده که در آنها جنایات وحشیانه ای که از سوی حکومت ایران در حق مردم شریف اهواز از جمله اعدام های گسترده ظالمانه و خودسرانه، تبیین نمودم و بر حقوق انسانی و قانونی هر ملت در هر جای کره خاکی شامل حق حیات و زندگی و بهره مندی از آزادی و حقوق شهروندی تاکید و اصرار ورزیدم. با وجود همه این رنجها و سختی ها، راه چاره را در به دست گرفتن سلاحی موثر در مقابل این جنایات هولناک و غیر انسانی یافتم و آن جز ” قلم ” چیز دیگری نبود. 

حکم اعدام این زندانیان دراسفندماه با بیانیه‌ محکومیت یک گروه پنج نفره‌ از کارشناسان مستقل سازمان ملل متحد همراه‌ شد که در این بیانیه همچنین مقامات ایرانی به اعمال شکنجه و محاکمات ناعادلانه متهم شده‌اند. اتحادیه اروپا پس از آن تحریم هایی علیه قاضی سید محمد باقر موسوی از شعبه ٢ دادگاه انقلاب اهواز که به مجازات مرگ این دو تن رای داده‌ است اعمال كرد. این تحریمها همچنین شامل مقامات مسئول در پخش “اعترافات” این زندانیان از تلویزیون نیز می شد. ‌ اتحادیه‌ اروپا محمد سرافراز، رئیس سرویس جهانی سازمان صدا و سیما و پرس تی وی را همراه با حمید رضا عمادی، مدیر اتاق خبر پرس تی وی كه‌ عامل و مجری ساخت و تولید این اعترافات هستند، مشمول این تحریمها نمود.


Urgent Appeal to United Nations Special Rapporteurs: Ahwazi Arab Activists Tortured, Risk Execution in Iran


Justice for Iran issued an urgent appeal to a number of United Nations Special Rapporteurs regarding the torture of three Ahwazi Arab cultural activists in Iran and the real risk of their execution after an unfair trial before the Revolutionary Court of Ahwaz. The appeal follows the broadcast of their forced confessions by Iran’s state-controlled Press TV.

Ali Chebeishat, Sayed Khaled Mousavi, and Salman Chayani were arrested on 10 November 2012 in the village of Khalaf Kaab Imsallam near the city of Shush in Khuzestan Province. They were held incommunicado for seven months while denied access to lawyer and family members at the Ministry of Intelligence Detention Centre in Ahwaz in South West of Iran. Intelligence officials illegally held the three incommunicado while subjecting each to severe torture with a view to extract confession in order to implicate them in the October 2012 explosion of the Chogha Zanbil natural gas pipeline near the village of Khalaf Kaab Imsallam.

Apart from these forced “confessions”, there is no evidence in relation to the explosion of the Chogha Zanbil natural gas pipeline. Indeed, the authorities initially declared that the explosion was an accident. Nonetheless, on 9 September 2013, Judge Sayed Mohammed Baqir Mousavi of the Second Branch of the Ahwaz Revolutionary Court convicted the three men of moharebeh and sentenced Mr. Chebeishat and Mr. Mousavi to execution and Mr. Chayani to 25 years of imprisonment in exile in Yazd in central Iran, a violation of Iran’s national code.

Despite credible allegations of serious ongoing torture and ill-treatment, the authorities have failed to carry out a full, effective and impartial investigation in order to identify and prosecute those responsible. Instead, they have made a concerted effort to forcefully extract and broadcast false confessions on state-controlled channels and use them as incriminating evidence.

Ministry of Intelligence authorities have also abused prisoners’ families by both refusing to supply information regarding their detained family members, and coercing them to participate in a confessional documentary entitled “Lost in Darkness”. “The facts before us give rise to separate claims of cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment on the families’ behalf. The authorities caused families psychological trauma through the secret detention and torture of their loved ones. They also degraded the family members by forcing them to watch the false confessions of their loved ones while being filmed as a condition to access their right to visitation.

In its urgent appeal on 4 December 2013, Justice For Iran has requested that United Nations Special Rapporteurs on Torture, and on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions inquire into these violations and take the necessary steps to urge Islamic Republic authorities to ensure Ali Chebeishat, Sayed Khaled Mousavi, and Salman Chayani and their next of kin are not subjected to further torture and ill-treatment, but instead receive a fair hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal. Justice for Iran recalls that the Islamic Republic of Iran is obliged under international law to exclude all evidence obtained through torture and ensure that the detained men fully exercise their right to access counsel of choice and are redressed for the serious human rights violations they have suffered.

For the submission of Justice For Iran to the United Nations Special Rapporteurs click here 

06 Dec 2013


Iran Human Rights Condemns execution of four Ahwazi political prisoners /اعدام چهار زندانی سیاسی اهوازی را شدیداً محكوم می كنیم و خواستار واکنش فوری جامعه جهانی‌ هستیم

Iran Human Rights, December 5: Four Ahwazi Arab political prisoners have been executed, according to reports received by Iran Human Rights (IHR). The executions are also reported by BBC Persian and several other sources.
Ghazi Abbasi, Abdul-Reza Amir-Khanafereh , Abdul-Amir Mojaddami and Jasim Moghaddam Payam were sentenced to death by Branch 1 of the Ahwaz revolutionary court on August 15, 2012. They were convicted of “enmity with God”, which is a common charge made against critics of the government. The death sentences were upheld by the Supreme Court in February, although it is believed that the lawyer representing Abdul-Reza Amir-Khanafereh was still in the process of appealing against the conviction before the executions.
The Norway-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) group has voiced concerns over the authorities’ failure to investigate allegations of torture used against the four prisoners in order to extract “confessions” and secure convictions.
The Iranian authorities took the four Ahwazi prisoners from Karoun prison on 3 November and held incommunicado by the Ministry of Intelligence without access to lawyers or family members. They were believed to have been hanged on 2 December.

IHR spokesperson Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said: “The international community should conduct an immediate investigation into the imprisonment, conviction and execution of the four men. There is a worrying trend in human rights abuse with a surge in executions since President Hassan Rouhani took office in August. The world must now focus on human rights, particularly executions, following the break-through on nuclear talks in Geneva.”

سازمان حقوق بشر ایران، ۱۳ آذر ماه ۱۳۹۲:

بنا به گزارش‌های رسیده به سازمان حقوق بشر ایران چهار زندانی سیاسی اهوازی عرب اعدام شدند،

سایت فارسی بی‌ بی‌ سی‌ فارسی‌ نیز گزارش این اعدام‌ها را منتشر کرده است.

«غازی عباسی»، «عبدالرضا امیر خنافره»، «عبد الامیر مجدمی» و «جاسم مقدم پناه»توسط دادگاه انقلاب اسلامی اهواز در تاریخ ٢٥ مرداد١٣٩١ به‌ اتهام “محاربه‌ با خدا” به مرگ محکوم شدند. حکم اعدام توسط شعبه‌ ٣٢ دیوان عالی کشور در ٢٥ بهمن ماه ١٣٩١ تایید شد، هر چند وکیل عبدالرضا امیر خنافره بر این اعتقاد است که پرونده‌ دارای دو جنبه‌ است، جنبه‌ خصوصی و عمومی، كه‌ جنبه‌ خصوصی مقدم بر جنبه‌ عمومی آن است، دادگاه علیرغم تذكر صریح دیوان عالی كشور وارد این جنبه‌ نشده‌ و رای اعدام بدون توجه‌ به‌ این موضوع صادر شده‌ است.

سازمان حقوق بشر ایران تاكید دارد مقامات امنیتی ایرانی متهم به‌ اعمال شكنجه‌ و اهمال در رسیدگی به موارد شكایت از شكنجه‌ این چهار زندانی كه‌ به منظور گرفتن “اعترافات” و تثبیت پرونده صورت گرفته‌ است، ‌هستند.

این چهار زندانی از روز ١٢ آبان به‌ سلولهای انفرادی اداره‌ اطلاعات منتقل شده‌ و در این مدت وكیل و خانواده‌ هیچ گونه‌ ارتباطی با آنها نتوانستند بر قرار كنند‌.

سازمان حقوق بشر ایران ضمن مکومیت شدید اعدام چهار فعال سیاسی عرب اهوازی خواستار واکنش جامعه جهانی‌ شد.

محمود امیری مقدم سخنگوی سازمان حقوق بشر ایران گفت : “جامعه جهانی باید تحقیقات فوری نسبت به‌وضعیت پرونده‌ و اعدام چهار زندانی عرب انجام دهد. با آغاز ریاست جمهوری حسن روحانی روند ‌نقض حقوق بشر در ایران با افزایش اعدام ها نگران کننده‌ شده‌ است. ما خواستار توجه جدی جامعه جهانی‌ به وضعیت وخیم حقوق بشر در ایران هستیم. “

از اواسط اكتبر كه‌ مذاكرات هسته‌ای با ٥+١ در ژنو در جریان است سازمان حقوق بشر دست كم ٩٠ اعدام را ثبت و گزارش كرده‌ است.



Chebeishat “confesses” in Ahwaz Revolutionary Court:
No defence lawyer is present, but Press TV is allowed to film
Outrage is building over Iran’s Press TV’s broadcast yesterday of “confessions” by Ahwazi Arab torture victims. Human rights activists have condemned the broadcast of the documentary, which is just the latest in a series showing political prisoners ritually humiliated on Iran’s global television channel.
The English language propaganda station showed Ali Chebeishat (47), Sayed Yassin Mousavi (35) and Salman Chayan (32) admitting responsibility for attacking pipelines, following months of imprisonment and brutal interrogation by the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence. Prior to their “confessions”, the men were tortured so badly they were treated on several occasions at Fatima-alzahra hospital in Ahwaz city. They had also held hunger strikes in protest at the conditions of their incarceration.
Chebeishat was forced to claim
he was trained and funded from Dubai
Televised confessions are used by the Iranian regime to humiliate peaceful opponents and justify execution to the Iranian public and the wider world. In a mockery of any standards of justice, Press TV filmed the “confessions” in June or July before the trial in September, in which they were sentenced to death; the documentary wrongly states they were “initially sentenced to long life terms” but adds that their cases are “now under revision”.
False confessions
Death row prisoner Sayyed Yassin Mousavi
praises the security services for catching him
All three men were members of the Youth of Shush Cultural Institute when they were arrested. Chebeishat, a well-known poet from the village of Khalaf Kaab Imsallam near Shush, was subjected to barbaric physical and psychological torture, which led to him sustaining broken ribs by his interrogators. Some of the torture was carried out in front of his sons.
In the documentary, Chebeishat was forced to claim that he had received training in bomb-making in Dubai and received thousands of dirhams to fund bombing operations from the National Resistance of Al-Ahwaz. Chebeishat and Mousavi are shown “confessing” in front of family members, some of whom were arrested and beaten in custody for days by the intelligence services in Dezful.
Mousavi claimed he was coaxed into joining with Chebeishat to film explosions with the promise of ‘big money’ from abroad. Chayan stated that he later joined the two because he needed money after a decline in onion prices affected his farm income. Both Chebeishat and Chayan are shown appearing in Ahwaz Revolutionary Court giving their confessions in front of a judge. No defence counsel or prosecutor can be seen in the court room.
Chebeishat humiliated into “confessing” to foreign assistance
in front of family members
They “confessed” to the bomb attack on a gas pipeline on 23 October 2012 and a train transporting oil near Haftapeh station on 16 September, which destroyed the train and the railtrack. Neither attack led to any loss of life. Until the announcement of the revolutionary court’s verdict in September, the gas pipeline explosion was described by the government as the result of an accidental leak and not sabotage.
The men claimed in the film to have carried out at least 20 operations, although no details were given on what these entailed. In the documentary, Hamid Barvard, CEO of the National Iranian South Oil Company, claimed that the group polluted water supplies in their bomb attacks, although the province’s water supply is notoriously bad.
The documentary focuses on the National Resistance leader Habib Nabgan, who Press TV claims is an international terrorist wanted by Interpol and living in Denmark. No warrant for his arrest has been lodged with Interpol.
Condemnation of televised confessions
Family members are shown supporting the charges
London-based Ahwazi human rights activist Jamal Obeidi, who was illegally refouled from Syria and forced to confess on television following torture in prison, told Ahwaz News Agency: “These are fabricated confessions directed by the Iranian intelligence service. A political prisoner in ‘IRI’ suffers a fiendish situation, starting from arrest and physical and psychological torture to grievous solitary confinement for months or years in many cases. These treatments by the Iranian security forced on political prisoners constitute outrageous intimidation – based on honour, ethnicity and religion that no human can possibly imagine.
“This inhuman, non-Islamic, hateful and spiteful treatment that Ahwazi political prisoners experience for months and years, turns him into a spiritually, psychologically and physically fragile person in prison. This leads the security officer to be able to dictate the prisoner his wishes which most of the time led to humiliating his dignity without being able to do anything.
“These confessions are actually being extracted in this way, and their hoped-aim has political implications inside and outside the country.”
“Confessions” retracted
His statement is backed up by previous claims by Iranians who have “confessed” following torture. They include Ahwazi Arabs who have later retracted their “confessions”, claiming they were tortured. Four Ahwazi Arabs – brothers Taha Heidarian (28), Abbas Heidarian (25), Abdul-Rahman Heidarian (23) and Ali Naami Sharifi – recorded a secret statement claiming they were tortured into making false confessions before they were executed in June 2012.
The men were sentenced to death following convictions for “enmity with god” and “sowing corruption on the earth” in connection with the alleged murder of a policeman. Ahead of their trials in a secret revolutionary court, Taha Heidarian made televised confessions with other detained Ahwazi Arabs in which he said he was part of a terrorist group called “Khalq-e Arab” (Arab people) – a broad term used by the regime to refer to all Ahwazi opposition groups, including those who have renounced violence. The “confessions” followed months of solitary confinement and torture and were broadcast by Press TV, Iran’s international English language television station.
A total of 18 “confessions” were shown in two broadcasts by Press TV, a subsidiary of state-owned broadcaster IRIB. The “confessions” included alleged “mind termination” techniques used by Western powers, Israel and Ahwazi opposition groups to turn “simple people with simple minds” into killers and other far-fetched and unproven claims.
Call for strengthening of sanctions
Iranian human rights lawyer and head of Justice for Iran Shadi Sadr also expressed her disgust over the Press TV documentary. She said: “Press TV is not a television channel, but it is a tool of human rights violations. That is why, its managers, Ezatullah Zarghani, Mohammed Sarafraz and Mohammed-reza Emadi are targeted by EU human rights sanctions and Press TV is banned in many countries such as Germany and Spain.
“Despite the continuation of broadcasting political prisoners forces confessions, which is justification for more executions in the international arena, in the last few weeks some EU diplomats have tried hard to take these these people’s names off the ban list to show goodwill to Iran in the Geneva talks.
“Fortunately, these attempts have failed following appeals by human rights organisations. However, Iranian government is still putting pressure on the EU to cancel the human rights sanctions on these people, despite the fact that there is no sign they will stop taking confessions under torture and broadcasting them to international audiences.”
The British Ahwazi Friendship Society (BAFS) is campaigning for Press TV personnel to be banned from the European Union and for Arab and European governments to intervene to prevent the Iranian regime from broadcasting on Nilesat, Intelsat, Eutelsat, Arabsat and other satellite broadcasters. It is also pushing for sanctions to be extended to include production staff.
BAFS Chair Daniel Brett said: “Everyone involved in and profiting from Press TV’s broadcasts is complicit in the Iranian regime’s human rights atrocities, so long as these ‘confession’ documentaries are aired and opposition activists are humiliated in this way.
“Press TV is an intrinsic part of the Iranian regime’s war of terror against the Iranian people and any who stand against it. These broadcasts are intended to silence dissent and vilify a legitimate expression of grievances by the persecuted and oppressed, such as the Ahwazi Arabs.
“From the cameraman to the editor to the scheduler to the satellite owner is responsible for the televised confessions, following lengthy periods of torture, that are used as evidence to condemn men to death. All involved should be targeted by the most punitive sanctions.”

The moral courage of an Arab boy

It was not a normal school day for Ahwazi Arab schoolboy Abbas Haidari. Dressed in traditional Arab clothing, common throughout the Arabian Gulf, seven year old Abbas made his way to school in Ahwaz and stepped into a controversy that challenged endemic anti-Arab racism in Iran.
Wearing traditional Arabic clothing at school or in the office is effectively banned in Iran, a country where racial hatred of Arabs runs deep. For an Arab to “assimilate”, even though they are indigenous to Ahwaz, he or she has to deny their traditions and heritage, although this is often insufficient to counter discrimination.

But a schoolboy decided to take a stand, proudly wearing the Arabic dishdasha and keffiyeh that made him stand out in a sea of blue uniforms as he queued for his class at Shahrak-Ahwaz. The brave yet peaceful act of defiance against a racist regime prompted the authorities to ban him from school.
As a result, Abbas has become a folk hero for many Ahwazi Arabs, prompting many to question and openly challenge social customs that effectively ban traditional costume. He takes inspiration from his mother, whose Arabic poem “Silent Divan” was published earlier in the year to wide acclaim within the Ahwazi Arab community.
While Article 15 of the Iranian constitution guarantees education in the mother tongue, there are no Arabic language schools in the Ahwaz region, ensuring that Arabs are second-class citizens in their own land. Arab students are often humiliated and abused at school, including being whipped in front of their schoolmates. Successive administrations have courted Ahwazi Arab support by pledging to implement the constitution, but there has been no effort to address the issue. This failure means that Arabs are often illiterate in their native tongue, yet struggle to learn in Persian, a language that is not their own.
Some educated Ahwazi Arabs have attempted to help impoverished youths learn Arabic through informal study groups, but this has proven dangerous with several Arabic teachers facing imprisonment and even execution. They include members of the Arabic civic group, Al-Hewar (Dialogue), who face imminent execution (click for more information). Independent organisations seeking to celebrate Arabic culture are deemed “separatist” by the regime and banned.
Resulting low educational attainment is reinforcing discrimination and contributing to high levels of unemployment and poverty among the indigenous Ahwazi Arabs. Acts of defiance and civil disobedience, such as Abbas’ decision to wear Arabic dress to school, are increasingly seen as the only means to assert ethnic rights and challenge racial discrimination..

جوان كردى به نام أحسان پيام توسط نيروهاى جمهورى اسلامى ايران كشته شد

ساعت ٣ صبح امروز جمعە، نیروهای یک پاسگاه نظامی موسوم به “ملاندر” در منطقه نوسود، دو جوان کولبر را هدف گلوله قرار داده و در نتیجه یکی از آنها به نام “احسان پیام” فرزند محمد و ٢٢ ساله در جا کشته و یک نفر دیگر به نام “کاوان حیدری” فرزند قیصر به شدت زخمی می‌شود.و پس از کشته شدن جوان نوسودی توسط نیروهای نظامی حکومت اسلامی ایران و اعتراض به استمرار کشته شدن کولبران کُرد، از تمامی شهروندان نوسودی درخواست شده با تعطیلی بازار و مغازه‌های خود در مقابل بخشداری نوسود تحصن کرده تا به قتل و عام خودسرانه شهروندان کُرد توسط نظامیان حکومت اسلامی ایران پایان بخشیده شود.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps opened fire on the residence of Nasoud killing one and severely injuring another on Friday, November 8th. Ihsan Payam was only 22 years old, was shot and died instantly. Karwan Haydari is the other residence that is severely injured. Further, the residence of Nasoud are to carry out a demonstration condemning the execution of the Kurdish Political Prisoners on Saturday, November 9th

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World Coalition Against the Death Penalty Joint Statement Calls for UN, EU and International Community to Put Death Penalty at Top of Agenda on Iran talks

Iran Human Rights, November 4: According to reports from Iran the Kurdish political prisoner Shirko Moarefi was executed in the prison of Saghez (western Iran) this morning. The state run Iranian media also reported that five other prisoners convicted of murder were executed in the prison of Kermanshah.In a statement published today November 4. the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty (WCADP) condemned the indiscriminate executions in Iran and urged the international community to put the death penalty on top of the agenda in their talks with the Iranian authorities.The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, an alliance of more than 150 NGOs, bar associations, local authorities and unions from all over the world


Iran: The indiscriminate executions continue – The UN, EU and the International community must put the situation of the death penalty at the top of the agenda in their dialogue with Iran

While the political climate between Iran and the international community has been improving since the election of President Rouhani, and the P5+1 Group is preparing their second round of nuclear negotiations with Iran, executions continue at a higher rate than before inside the country.

Forty-five executions in Iran have been confirmed since Saturday, October 26. We condemn this wave of lawlessness in the strongest possible terms.

Six executions took place this morning, November 4, according to reports from Iran: Shirkoo Moarefi, a Kurdish political prisoner, was hanged in the prison of Saghez (west of Iran), and five prisoners charged with murder were executed in the prison of Kermanshah. Following the execution of 18 prisoners on Saturday, October 26, among them two Kurdish political prisoners and 16 Baluchi prisoners executed in retaliation for an armed attack by insurgents the day before, another Baluchi prisoner was hanged on Monday, October 28, convicted of membership in a Baluchi militant group, and one prisoner was executed on Tuesday, October 29, convicted of drug-related charges.

Referring to the retaliatory execution of the 16 Baluchi prisoners, Florence Bellivier, President of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, stated, “The death penalty in Iran is often carried out in violation of international law; in this case none of the safeguards provided not only by international law but also by internal regulations were respected”.

Reports from Iran had indicated that at least 12 Kurdish prisoners might be in imminent danger of execution. Iran Human Rights (IHR) warned about the imminent danger of execution for four Sunni Kurd prisoners sentenced to death, convicted of the assassination of a Sunni Cleric. Those prisoners were in detention when the assassination took place. Amnesty International has also warned of the danger of execution for the two Kurdish political prisoners Zanyar and Loghman Moradi, reportedly tortured into “confessing” to the 2009 murder of the son of a senior cleric in Marivan, Kurdistan Province, and participating in armed activities with a Kurdish opposition group. Additionally, four Ahwazi Arab death row prisoners have been transferred to an unknown location and could be executed at any time.

Since the election of the new Iranian President Hasan Rouhani in June, at least 278 prisoners have been executed in Iran. Of those, 166 including one juvenile offender convicted of a murder committed at 14 years of age, have been announced by official sources. This is a higher monthly average number of executions than in recent years. In the same period, the diplomatic ties between Iran and the international community have improved and EU and the P5+1 Group have resumed their dialogue with Iran.

“It is a paradox that the relations between Iran and the international community improve at the same time as the number of the executions in Iran increases. Notably, many of the death row prisoners are subjected to torture, forced confessions and unfair trials,” said Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of Iran Human Rights. “Demanding a halt to the executions and due process of law must be on top of the agenda in the dialogue between the international community and Iran”.

The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, an alliance of more than 150 NGOs, bar associations, local authorities and unions, was created in Rome on 13 May 2002. The aim of the World Coalition is to strengthen the international dimension of the fight against the death penalty. Its ultimate objective is to obtain the universal abolition of the death penalty.

For further information on the death penalty in Iran, see

Annual Report on the Death Penalty in Iran,2012http://iranhr.net/IMG/pdf/Rapport_i.