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IRAN-Ahwazi human Rights and cultural activists are at risk of execution18-05-2012

MONDAY, 18TH MAY 2012

IRAN-Ahwazi human Rights and cultural activists are at risk of execution18-05-2012

Six Ahwazi Arabs human and cultural rights activities are at risk in the detention of Iranian intelligence services. A source from inside of AL.Ahwaz who is in regular contact with prisoners’ families informed me.e

For sure, I directly contacted some other sources from Ahwaz- Khalafia and they assured me that all Ahwazis from Khalafia are in dramatic situation since the barbaric and brutal torture. The prisoners referred to them were arrested on 28 February 2011 in Khalafia (Khalaf Abad or Ramshir) and some were arrested on 13th March 2011 by Iranian security of Khuzestan.e

The details below are about the prisoners.e

e1. Mr. Hadi Rashedi (38years old), single and was born in Khalafia. His father’s name is Mr. Hamza.e

Hadi was arrested on February 28, 2011 in Khlafia in his house, 22, Bahman Street, Khalafia.e

Has a postgraduate qualifications with an MSc in chemistry, he was working in local high schools as a teacher. Hadi has a keen interest in cultural issues. In his medical history he he is suffering from heart and liver disorder, but the authorities refused to give him fair treatment. During his imprisonment, he has suffered considerable mental stress, developing a digestive disorder as a result. Because of beatings, he has a fractured hip. He appeared in a documentary aired by Iran’s Press TV (see http://www.presstv.ir/Program/215617.html) in which he was forced to confess to firing a gun at a security centres and government officials in Khalafabad. The authorities accused him of having contact with Ahwazi political parties out of Ahwaz and also against the national security of the Iranian regime.e

e2. Mr. Hashem Shaabani (Amoori) (31 year-old), married and has one child. Hashem was born in Khalafia and lives in Kanawi street. His father’s name is Mr. Khalaf.

Hashem was arrested on 28th February 2011. He has a Bachelor degree in Arabic language literature and education and holds a Masters degree in Political Sciences from Ahwaz University. He has written poetry in Arabic and Farsi and teaches Arabic language and Arabic literature in high schools.e

Hashem is a cultural activist. He takes care of his elderly parents. His father Khalaf Shaabani was disabled while fighting Iraqi forces during the Iran-Iraq War. Due to their son being arrested, his parents are suffering both physically and mentally. In December 2011, he was featured on Iran’s  Press TV (see http://www.presstv.ir/Program/215617.html) in which he was forced to confess to being involved in separatist terrorism and supporting Ba’athism in Iraq and also has connection with Ahwazi political parties out of Iran, and against the national security of the regime. He was also forced to claim that he had assistance from Hosni Mubarak and Muammer al-Qadafi, the former rulers of Egypt and Libya.e

e3. Rahman Asakereh (33 year-old), married and father of five children. Rahman was born in Khalafia. He was arrested on 28th February 2011. He has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Khorramabad University and an MA in Social Sciences from Ahwaz University. He was in the process of editing his Master’s thesis, which was focused on the difficulties faced by bilingual students in the Iranian education system. He worked as a chemistry teacher in local high schools and conducted free courses for university entrance exams for local youth. He was active at a regional level in cultural and civic activities and was a student activist at the universities he attended. His 14 year-old son  namely Hamed Asakereh died on September 13, 2011 after he was hit by a police car in suspicious circumstances while his father was in prison. It is suspected that Hamed was murdered to cause distress to Rahman. The Iranian authorities accused Rahman of having relation with Ahwazi political parties out of Iran and also opponent of the national security of the Iranian regime.e

e4. Mohammad Ali Amoori (33 year-old), from Khalafia son of Mr. Abdul Zahra, fisheries engineer. He graduated from Isfahan University with a degree in aquaculture and natural resources. He was one of the founding editors of the student newspaper Torath and was also an active blogger. He taught in some of the high schools in Khalafabad. He was originally inspired into political activism by the presidency of Mohammad Khatami. He had proposed a plan to form a civic institution called Al-Hewar (Dialogue), but permission was denied by the Ministry of the Interior. He was later involved in the Lejnat al-Wefaq (Reconciliation Committee), an Arab political association that was allowed to contest elections and won a number of seats in municipal councils, including a majority on Ahwaz City Council, as well as the Ahwaz seat in the Iranian Majlis. However, the Iranian authorities banned the organisation.  Rahman was forced to flee to Iraq with Shahid Shaabani Amoori and Fares Silawi where he was arrested in 2008 and spent 3 years in Iraqi prison, but Mr. Fares killed under torture. After he was repatriated to Iran, he was arrested by the security services on 28th February 2011. The Iranian authorities accused Mohammad Ali of having relation with Ahwazi political parties out of Ahwaz and also against the national security of the regime. Other Ahwazi human rights organizations and I contacted Amnesty International and Human Rights organizations and also UN several times, while Mohammad Ali was in prison in Iraq. Amnesty international in 2010 asked Iraqi authorities not sending him back to Iran. However, Iraqi authorities ignored his request and took their action.

e5. Mr. Jabber Alboshoka (27year-old), was born in Khalafia in Alboshoka street. Jabber is married and has one child. His father’s name is Mohammad. Jabber  was arrested with his brother Mokhtar on 13th March 2011 at their house in Khalafia. Jabber was working in his private family company near Meshrage Town (13 km north of Khalafia).  Jabber suffers from depress and stress due to serve torture by the Iranian intelligence services. Although he has solicitor,but has not met his lawyer yet.  Amnesty International had report in Jun 2011 and condemned the Iranian authorities and also had another report in February 2012 and asked the authorities to free Jabber and his brother Mokhtar. Jabber Uncle, Sultan was killed by Iranian security guard on 25th December 2005, therefore the services arrested Jabber’s father, elder brother and his grandfather namely Jassem Alboshoka 83 years old, and his uncle.e

e6. Mr. Mokhtar Alboshoka (25 year-old), was born in Khalafia in Alboshoka Street. Mokhtar is single and arrested the same day with his brother, Jabber.e

Mokhtar suffers from depress and also lost his memory due to serve torture (See above).e

Mokhtar was in his two years Compulsory military service but arrested after he spent one year in army.

In the below, I am going to give the Ahwazi Arabs name who also arrested but freed temporary by bills:e

e1. Mr. Habibollah Rashedi (42 year-old), married, father of three. Habibollah was arrested on February 28, 2011, with Hadi his younger brother. He has a BSc in chemical engineering and used to work at the Bandar Imam Khomeini (Mahshor) Petrochemical Company. He was elected chair of Khalafabad City Council during the presidency of Mohammad Khatami. He is popular among the poor and youth in the town due to his management of the town as well as promoting Arabic poetry events and other cultural gatherings and activities. Habibollah freed temporary by house bail in Jun 2011, the price of the bill is around two Iranian Billions reyal (around $120,000).e

e2. Mr. Shahid Shaabani (Amoori) (42 year-old), from Khalafia, his father’s name is Abdul Hussein. He is married and father of three children. In addition to being a well-known poet in Ahwaz, he is a civil and cultural activist and was active in Arabic poetry events. Despite being a famous poet, he has suffered poverty, homelessness and unemployment and denied employment or assistance from the government. His poetry stressed Ahwazi Arab identity and the persecution of the ethnic group, which meant he was under constant surveillance. In 2008, he fled Iran, accompanying Mohammed Ali Amoori and Fares Silawi to Iraq. He was arrested in Iraq and spent 3 years in Al-Amarah prison (See Mohammad Ali’s deportation case). Shahid was freed temporary by bail in July 2011, the price is around one Iranian Billion Reyal (more than $60000).e

e3. Mr. Ali Badri (30 year-old), married with one child, from Khalafia city. He has a BA in Accounting from Ahwaz University and has worked in Ahwaz’s office of charity and endowments. He is a political, civil and human rights activist. Raised in an educated, respected family, Ali is described as an intellectual, well-mannered person. He was arrested on April 11, 2011, released on bail in August 2011, and has been dismissed from his job. The bail is around 800 million Reyal (around $50000).e

e4. Mr. Amir Amoori (29 year-old), single, was born in Khalafia. Amir has a university diploma and brother of Mohammad Ali Amoori. Amir was arrested on 28th February 2011 with his brother.e

Amir freed on bail in May 2011, the price of bail is around 800 Iranian million Reyal (see Mohammad Ali’s case).e

e5. Mr. Aghil Aghili (29 year-old), from Khalafia in Khomeini Street, son of Mr. Abed.e

Aghil has computer technician and internet cafe owner. Aghil  was arrested on 28th February 2011, but then was freed by bail in May 2011, the price is around 700 Iranian million Reyal.e

e6. Mr. Saied Asadi (40 year-old), from Khalafia in Damegani Street. Saied was arrested in April 2011, but freed by bail in May 2011, the price is around 500 Iranian million Reyal.e

e7. Mr. Bagher Alboshoka (43 year-old), son of Mr. Zalaan Alboshoka, from Khalafia Ballad Motlab Olya village. Bagher is married and has six children. Bagher  was arrested on 13th March 2011 with Jabber and Mokhtar (Jabber is married with Bagher’s sister). He was then freed on bail in Jun 2011. The price is around 800 Iranian Million Reyal. Bagher is a sport man and manager of Khalafia boxing team; he was also member of Ahwazi boxing team assistance.e

 

Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights

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