URGENT ACTION: TWO AHWAZI ARAB MEN EXECUTED, THREE AT RISK

Teachers Hadi Rashedi and Hashem Sha’bani Amouri, both members of Iran’s Ahwazi

Arab minority, were executed in secret at the end of January. Three other Ahwazi Arab

men remain at risk of execution.

On 29 January an official from the Ministry of Intelligence called the families of Hadi Rashedi

and Hashem Sha’bani Amouri to inform them that the two men had been executed and buried a few days earlier, but would not reveal their place of burial. The official told the families they were not permitted to hold a public memorial for the two men and had only 24 hours in which to hold a private service. Their bodies may have been buried in unmarked graves in one of three cemeteries in Khuzestan province known colloquially as La’nat Abad (the place of the damned) and reserved for executed political prisoners. Ministry of Intelligence officials have told Hadi Rashedi and Hashem Sha’bani Amouri’s families not to speak with human rights organizations or they would face legal consequences.

Hadi Rashedi and Hashem Sha’bani Amouri were transferred on 7 December 2013 to an unknown location from Karoun Prison in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, sparking fears that they would be executed imminently. They had been arrested in September 2011, along withMohammad Ali Amouri, Sayed Jaber lboshoka and 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 after being convicted of charges including “enmity against God” 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.

Mohammad Ali Amouri, Sayed Jaber Alboshoka and Sayed Mokhtar Alboshoka remain in Karoun Prison where they are permitted weekly visits with their families. They remain at risk of execution.

Please write immediately in Persian, Arabic, English or your own language:

Urging the authorities to give the bodies of Hadi Rashedi and Hashem Sha’bani Amouri to their families, not to execute the other three men and order retrials for them, in proceedings in line with international fair trial standards and without recourse to the death penalty; Urging them to 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 regular contact with their lawyers and families.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 28 MARCH 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

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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

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(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

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Twitter: @HassanRouhani (English) and

@Rouhani_ir (Persian)

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please insert local diplomatic addresses below:

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Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date. This is the fifth update of UA 137/12. Further information:

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


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