Ahwazi: Imminent Execution of Ahwazis
02 March 2006 - UNPO remains highly concerned about the two awaiting execution set to take place today, following the reported execution of three Ahwazi Arabs on 28 February.
According to the British Ahwazi Friendship Society (BAFS), the three executed Ahwazis were Atef Nour Mosawi, Anwar Nour Mosawi and Jalal Nasser Al-Nasser. Two more Ahwazis, Mehdi Nawaseri and Muhammad-Ali Afrawi, are facing possible execution on 2 March. Both UNPO and Amnesty International have appealed to halt the imminent execution and urged the Iranian regime to comply with minimum international standards for fair prosecution in the country.
These Ahwazis are accused of conducting bomb attacks in Ahwaz, although human rights groups, former prisoners and relatives of prisoners have reported the interference of political factors in these Ahwazi cases. Many human rights organizations and former prisoners have furthermore indicated the exercise of torture and abuses against Ahwazi prisoners by the Iranian regime.
UNPO calls upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to stop the imminent execution of more Ahwazi prisoners, and urges the international society to raise their concern in regards to the arbitrary trials of indigenous Ahwaz Arab people in Iran.