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After a long time of secret execution, two Ahwazi martyr’s graves have been discovered

Human Rights activist from Al-Ahwaz reported that eye witness from “Joubeji” village located in 7 KM, Southeast of Ramez (Ramhormoz) city has testified that the Iranian security forces were buried two Ahwazi martyrs (Hashem Shaabani, poet and Hadi Rashidi, engineer) in last winter.

According to eyewitness, the revealed comes after 11 months of Shaabani and Rashidi’s secret executions that had taken place in early January 2014.

Shaabani and Rashidi were sentenced to death in January 2013 by Iranian revolutionary court with ready made charges like “enemy with God”, “propaganda against regime” and “ threat to Iranian national security” after months of physical and psychological torture to extract forced confessions from them.


Hashem Shaabani and Hadi Rashidi were educated figures of the Ahwazi Arab people and formed “Alhiwar” or “Dialogue” cultural institute to help poor Ahwazi Arab’s student who cannot afford educational expense.

Special Rapporteurs for the UNHCR have repeatedly condemned the use of torture and unfair trials against the Ahwazi Arabs.

On 21 February 2014, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani expressed her concerned about the reported execution, which has been carried out secretly of Mr Hadi Rashidi and Mr Hashem Shaabani Amouri, both members of the Ahwaz Arab people.

She added “Their executions were reportedly carried out last month (January) following proceedings that did not meet international fair trial and due process standards, as laid out in article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The two men were reportedly sentenced to death on ill-defined charges of “enmity against God” (Moharebeh), corruption on earth (Mofsid fil-arz) and acts against national security. They were allegedly denied access to a lawyer and their families for the first nine months of their detention, and reportedly subject to torture to force confessions. Various UN Special Rapporteurs and United Nations human rights mechanisms had previously expressed serious concerns about their sentences and appealed to the Government not to proceed with the executions.” (1)

This is not the first time that the Ahwazi activists buried in secret graves, molded cement and far away from their home areas, where the Iranian authorities buried three brothers and their cousin secretly in “Baghmalek” city, north of Ahwaz capital and in a mountainous area, and they are as follows: Taha al-Haidari, Abdul Rahman al-Haidari and Abbas al-Haidari, and their cousin, Ali Sharifi, who are the residents of Ahwaz capital and secretly executed in June 2012 and their graves have been after 18 months “.


Ghazi Abbasi, Jasem Moghadam Panah, Abdulamir Mojadami and Abdulreza Khanafereh are four Ahwazi Arab (Falahiyeh city) prisoners, who were secretly executed in November 2013 and thereafter buried in an unknown place and so far their families have been left without any notification of their beloved sons burial place.


The Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights strongly condemned the outrageous and inhumane behavior of Iranian authorities against the surge of executions of Ahwazi Arab political prisoners, which led to long-term psychological side effect on their families and calls upon all human rights organization especially to United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran Dr. Ahmad Shaheed to put pressure on Iranian authorities to stop the execution of the Ahwazi Arab, that systematically carried out in line with ethnic cleansing policy.

Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights

20 November 2014



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