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Amnesty International takes URGENT ACTION for Ahwazi Arabs Facing Imminent Execution +Tweets

January 20, 2013

Further information on UA: 137/12 Index MDE 13/004/2013 Iran Date: 18 January 2013



Five members of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority may be at imminent risk of execution after their death sentences were upheld by the Supreme Court of Iran. All were arrested in connection with their activities on behalf of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority. They are believed to have been tried unfairly and were reportedly tortured in detention.

On 9 January, the families of the five men, Mohammad Ali Amouri, Sayed Jaber Alboshoka and his brother Sayed Mokhtar Alboshoka, and teachers Hashem Sha’bani Amouri, and Hadi Rashidi (or Rashedi) were informed that their death sentences have been upheld by Branch 32 of the Supreme Court. The verdict has been sent to the Office for the Implementation of Sentences which means that the sentence could be carried out at any time.

The men were originally sentenced to death on 7 July 2012 by Branch 2 of the Ahwaz Revolutionary Court after they were convicted of charges including “enmity against God and corruption on earth”, gathering and colluding against state security” and “spreading propaganda against the system”. Two of the men were shown “confessing” to the allegations on a government television channel before the trial. The men are currently held in Karoun Prison in the city of Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, and were denied access to a lawyer and their families for the first nine months of their detention. All five men are believed to have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated in detention.

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

  • Calling on the Iranian authorities not to execute the five men sentenced to death (please name them), to overturn their death sentences and to grant re-trials in proceedings which comply with fair trial standards, and without recourse to the death penalty;

  • Calling on the authorities to make sure the men are protected from torture and other ill-treatment, urging them to investigate allegations that they were tortured and to bring to justice anyone found responsible for abuses and to disregard as evidence in court “confessions” that may have been coerced;

  •  Calling on the authorities to ensure that the men 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 Leader
Islamic Republic Street – End of Shahid
Keshvar Doust Street,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Twitter: “Call on #Iran leader
@khamenei_ir “overturn death
sentences of five Ahwazi men”
Salutation: Your Excellency

Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani
c/o Public Relations Office
Number 4, 2 Azizi Street intersection
Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: (Subject
line: FAO Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani)
Salutation: Your Excellency

And copies to:

Secretary General High Council for Human Rights
Mohammed Javad Larijani
c/o Office of the Head of the Judiciary
Pasteur St, Vali Asr Ave
South of Serah-e Jomhouri
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
(Subject line: FAO Mohammad Javad Larijani)

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The five men are members or co-founders of the cultural institute of Al-Hiwar, an organization registered under the administration of former President Khatami, which organizes events in the Arabic language including conferences, educational and art classes, and poetry recital gatherings in Ramshir, south-western Iran. Many of Al-Hiwar’s members have been arrested since the institute was banned in May 2005.

All five men were arrested in their homes in spring 2011 in advance of the sixth anniversary of widespread protests by Ahwazi Arabs in April 2005. Mohammad Ali Amouri was arrested 20 days after he was forcibly returned from Iraq after having fled there from Iran in December 2007. He was not allowed family visits for the first nine months after detention and was reportedly tortured or ill-treated. Hadi Rashidi was hospitalized after his arrest, apparently as a result of torture or other ill-treatment, and is said to be in poor health. Family members have said that Sayed Jaber Alboshoka’s jaw and teeth were broken during his detention and that Sayed Mokhtar Alboshoka has experienced depression and memory loss as a result of torture or other ill-treatment. Hashem Sha’bani Amouri is said to have had boiling water poured on him.

Hashem Sha’bani Amouri and Hadi Rashidi were featured in a programme aired by Iran’s state-controlled English-language television station, Press TV, on 13 December 2011, in which they appeared to “confess” to the allegations against them. Iranian courts frequently accept “confessions” extracted under duress as evidence.

A sixth man arrested around the same time and tried alongside the five, teacher Rahman Asakereh, was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment to be served in internal exile. His sentence was upheld in January 2013.

Another Ahwazi Arab man, Taha Heidarian, was shown in the same programme making a “confession” in connection with the killing of a law enforcement official in April 2011 amidst widespread protests in Khuzestan. On or around 19 June 2012, he and three other Ahwazi Arab men were executed in Karoun Prison, according to activists close to the family, after apparently being convicted by a Revolutionary Court of “enmity against God and corruption on earth” in connection with the killing.

Under Article 38 of the Iranian Constitution and Article 9 of the Law on Respect for Legitimate Freedoms and Safeguarding Citizens’ Rights, all forms of torture for the purpose of obtaining “confessions” are prohibited. Iran’s Penal Code also provides for the punishment of officials who torture citizens in order to obtain “confessions”. However, despite these legal and constitutional guarantees regarding the inadmissibility of testimony, oath, or confession taken under duress, forced “confessions” are sometimes broadcast on television even before the trial has concluded and are generally accepted as evidence in Iranian courts. Such broadcasts violate Iran’s fair trial obligations under Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which it is a state party. They also violate Iranian law, including Article 37 of the Constitution, Article 2 of the 2004 Law on Respect for Legitimate Freedoms and Safeguarding Citizens’ Rights and Note One to Article 188 of Iran’s Criminal Code of Procedure which criminalizes the publishing of the name and identity of a convict in the media before a final sentence has been passed.

Name: Mohammad Ali Amouri, Sayed Jaber Alboshoka, Sayed Mokhtar Alboshoka, Hadi Rashidi, Hashem Sha’bani Amouri.
Gender m/f: M

Further information on UA: 137/12 Index: MDE 13/004/2013 Issue Date: 18 January 2013


Hashtang is: #Ahwazi 

OUR GOAL: Gain the attention of the international community to shed light on the imminent executions of 5 Ahwazi Arab political prisoners. Urgent action is needed by world authorities, human rights groups, and the media.
HOW: Have a Tweet Storm

Join Tweet Storm at 3MP EST to spread word on the imminent executions of 5 #Ahwazi political prisoners #Iran @UN @StateDEPT @Guardian

This is an emergency Twitter Storm for 5 Cultural Activists from Ahwaz #Iran #Ahwazi @Amnesty @UN They need YOU @AJArab

Suggested tweets for today’s Tweet Storm are here #Iran #HumanRights #IranElection #Ahwazi

One tweet every minute for 60 minutes. Join Tweet Storm to help save 5 #Ahwazi cultural activists from execution in #Iran! @UN #IranElection

5 Ahwazi Arab political prisoners in imminent danger of execution need US! Let’s help gain the attn of the world community @UN @AJArab @Amnesty

I’m opposed to bogus charges like Moharebeh “Enemy of God” & demand justice for 5 #Ahwazi pol prisoners on death row in #Iran @StateDept

Pop in & tweet. RT to help strengthen our voice for gaining the attention of the world community on the #deathpenalty in #Iran @UN

We’re having TweetStorm to give attn to imminent executions of 5 #Ahwazi prisoners @UN #Iran Come together to demand justice @amnesty

Take Urgent action with @AmnestyUSAMENA #iran #ahwazi

1) I strongly oppose death sentences issued by IRI to 5 activists, Members of #Ahwazi #Arab ethnic minority in #Iran @AJArab @StateDept @UN


اعارض بقوة الحكم بالاعدام من قبل الحكومة الايرانية بحق 5 من الاحواز #احواز #ايران

2) Urge IRI authorities to halt death sentences against 5 #Ahwazi Arabs #iran @statedept @un @nytimes @latimes @ajarab @guardian @HRW @nytimes


اطالب الحكومة الايرانية بايقاف احكام الاعدام بحق 5 من الاحواز #احواز #ايران

3) On Jan18 5 #Ahwazi Arabs were transferred by security forces from Karoun prison to unknown location #iran @UNrightswire @statedept @amnesty


بتاريخ 5 يناير 5 من #الاحواز تم نقلهم من قبل السلطات الايرانية من سجن كارون الى مكان مجهول #احواز #ايران

4) Sudden transfer of #Ahwazi Arabs could mean they will soon be executed. Take action NOW! #iran @statedept @un @ajarab @guardian


نقلهم 5 من #الاحواز من قبل السلطات الايرانية الى مكان مجهول قد يكون لاعدامهم فورا #احواز #ايران

5) 5 #Ahwazi cultural activists were sentenced to death in June 2012 #Iran @StateDEPT #UN @UNrightswire @latimes @washingtonpost


الحكم بالاعدام بحق 5 من الاحواز بشهر يونيو الماضي من قبل الحكومة الايرانية #احواز #ايران

6) Execution sentences for 5 #Ahwazi Arab Cultural Activists have been upheld by #Iran’s Supreme Court @washingtonpost @statedept @UN


الحكم بالاعدام بحق 5 من الاحواز العرب صادقت عليه المحكمة الايرانية العليا #احواز #ايران

7) Names of the 5 #Ahwazi men in imminent danger of execution are: Jaber, Hashem, Hadi, Mohammad and Mokhtar #iran @latimes @statedept


اسماء 5 من الاحواز العرب صدر بحقهم حكم الاعدام 1 جبر 2 مختار 3 هادي 4 هاشم 5 محمد #احواز #ايران

8) 5 #Ahwazi men are founders of Al-Hiwar scientific cultural institute. Many of its members were arrested in Feb 2012 #Iran #Arab @AJArab

9) After detained by MOIS & tortured for months 5 #Ahwazi cultural activists were accused of ‘Waging war on God #iran @statedept @UN

10) 5 #Ahwazi activists sentenced to death based on false confessions obtained from them under torture #iran @latimes @statedept @UN @HRW @nytimes


الحكم بالاعدام بحق 5 ناشطين من الاحواز بناء على اتهامات باطلة واعترافات تحت التعذيب #احواز #ايران

11) Among ethnic minorities in #Iran, #Ahwazi Arabs are subjected to some of the most severe repression @latimes @statedept @UN @HRW @nytimes

12) In June last year 4 #Ahwazi Arabs were executed & 4 prisoners of Sunni Muslim faith were executed last Dec #iran @latimes @statedept @UN

13) More than 30 prisoners are on death row in #Iran who are members of ethnic & religious minorities #ahwazi @latimes @statedept @UN


اكثر من 30 سجين من الاحواز في ايران ينتظرون الاعدام #احواز #ايران @AJArab

14) Recently IRI secretly executed 6 Sunni prisoners. Fears of more executions of ethnic & religious minorities grow #Ahwazi @latimes @statedept @UN

15) Int’l community & #humanrights orgs should take urgent action to halt execution of 5 #Ahwazi men @latimes @statedept @UN


يجب فورا تدخل المجتمع الدولي ومنظمات حقوق الانسان لايقاف تنفيذ حكم الاعدام بحق 5 من الاحواز #احواز #ايران @AJArab

16) Justice for #Iran: Commute the execution orders issued for five members of #Al-Hiwar #Ahwazi @latimes @statedept @UN

17) Grp of students wrote letter to Human Rights Defenders and asked them to help save their #Ahwazi teacher from death (FA) @UN #Iran

18) British government’s recent statement regarding the 5 #Ahwazi prisoners’ imminent executions @latimes @statedept @UN @AjArab

19) Please sign the petition #Ahwazi @latimes @statedept @UN @HRW @nytimes

20) UK concerned by the death sentences upheld for five #Ahwazi Iranian Arabs @latimes @statedept @UN @HRW @nytimes

21) Ahwazi Arabs were transferred by security forces from Karoun prison to undisclosed location in #Iran @latimes @statedept @UN

22) In recent stmt #UK expressed concern over death sentences upheld for 5 #Ahwazi Iranian Arabs #iran @latimes @statedept @UN @HRW @nytimes

23) “UK for Iranians” deeply concerned that death sentences confirmed for 5 members of #Iran’s #Ahwazi Arab minority @latimes @statedept @UN

24) 5 #Ahwazi activists on death row severely tortured &

forced to confess to false accusations @latimes @statedept @UN @HRW @nytimes

25) Five Arab men at imminent risk of execution #Ahwazi @latimes @statedept @UN @HRW @nytimes

26) Five members of Iran’s #Ahwazi Arab minority at imminent risk of execution @latimes @statedept @UN

27) ثورة الاحواز العربية ضد الاحتلال الايراني البغيض #Ahwazi @latimes @statedept @UN @HRW @nytimes

28) JFI Urges EU to Sanction the Responsible Officials for Grave Violation of the Rights of the #Ahwazi Arab Minority @latimes @statedept @UN

29) #Ahwazi Arab Prisoners Expose Press TV’s Role in Extracting Confessions Under Torture @latimes @statedept @UN


31) عفو بین الملل تایید احکام اعدام ۵ فعال عرب ایرانی را محکوم کرد

#Ahwazi @latimes @statedept @UN @HRW @nytimes

32) Urgent Action FIVE #AHWAZI ARAB IRANIANS TO BE EXECUTED @latimes @statedept @UN @HRW @nytimes


به همراه وزارت امور خارجه بریتانیا

عفو بین الملل تایید احکام اعدام ۵ فعال عرب ایرانی را محکوم کرد

سازمان عفو بین الملل روز شنبه ۱۹-۱-۲۰۱۳ با صدور بیانیه ای، تایید حکم اعدام پنج فعال عرب اهوازی را محکوم کرد و خواستار محاکمه عادلانه آنها شد.

در این بیانیه آمده است که خانواده های محکومان اعلام کرده اند که حکم اعدام فرزندانشان به اداره اجرای احکام ابلاغ شده و هر لحظه خطر مرگ آنها را تهدید می کند.

محکومان عبارتند از: محمد علی عموری، هاشم شعبانی، هادی راشدی، جابر آلبوشوکه و برادرش مختار آلبوشوکه که به اتهام محاربه با خدا و پیامبر ، اقدام علیه امنیت ملی وتبلیغ علیه نظام به اعدام محکوم شده اند.

عفو بین الملل خاطرنشان کرده است که محکومان تاکید کرده اند در معرض شکنجه و بد رفتاری قرار گرفته و دستگاه قضایی در نه ماه نخست بازداشتشان، آن ها را از در اختیار داشتن وکیل محروم کرده بود.

تلویزیون دولتی نیز اعتراف های آن ها را پخش کرد و آن ها را به محاربه خدا و پیامبر ، اقدام علیه امنیت ملی و تبلیغ علیه نظام متهم کرد.

سازمان عفو بین الملل خوستار تحقیق در اظهارات متهمان درباره شکنجه و بدرفتاری برای اعتراف به دروغ شد. این سازمان همچنین خواستار آن شد تا به محکومان اجازه تماس با خانواده و وکیلشان داده شود.

خانواده های این فعالان اهوازی هم روز جمعه با مطرح شدن زمزمه هایی درباره این که در روزهای اندک آینده اعدام خواهند شد، مقابل زندان کارون تحصن کردند.

مسئولان زندان به خانواده های آنها گفتند که نیروهای وزارت اطلاعات، محکومان را به مکانی نامعلوم منتقل کرده اند؛ مساله ای که بیم از اجرای حکم اعدام آن ها را بیشتر می کند.

بریتانیا نیز محکوم کرد

وزارت امور خارجه بریتانیا نیز در بیانیه ای نگرانی خود را از صدور حکم اعدام برای پنج فعال اهوازی ابراز کرد و این حکم را ناشی از انگیزه های سیاسی دانست.

وزارت امور خارجه بریتانیا همچنین از مقام های ایران خواست احکام صادره علیه فعالان لغو شود.

در این بیانیه تاکید شده است که این فعالان در معرض شکنجه قرار گرفتند و مجبور به اعتراف علیه خود شدند.

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    1. Thank you Amnesty.
      Free ahwazi prisoners

    2. أوقفوا جريمة الإعدام والإبادة العنصرية والشوفينية في الأحواز … جميع التهم باطلة ويجب التحقيق في التعذيب الوحشي الذي يتعرض له المعتقلين

    3. ما خواهان آزادی بدون قید و شرط تمامی زندانیان سیاسی عقیدتی در بند هستیم . مجازات اعدام لغو باید گردد.

    4. هر انسان یک اعتراض به اعدام

    5. 100% behind you Amnesty in this cause

    6. Do you have a link to the new Amnesty International Urgent Action? The only one I can find is from July last year.

    7. stop ethnic cleansinge of Arab people in Ahwaz.

      free innocent Ahwazian people from execution.

      freedom for Hadi Rashedi, Mohamad Ali Omori, Hashem Shabani Omori, Sayed Jaber Alboshoka and Sayed Mokhtar Alboshoka.

    8. ماخواهان ازادي بي قيد وشرط زندانيان سياسي عرب ال احواز وهمچنان ازادی تمامی زندانیان سیاسی ملتهای غیر فارس هستیم

    9. يا احرار العالم انقذو حيات هؤلاء الابرياء الخمسة نطلب من جميع الاحرار في العالم التحرك السريع والفوري لي انقاذ حيات الاحوازيين الخمسة المحكومين في الاعدام الذي ينتضرون في كل لحظة تنفيذ العقوبة بحقهم

    10. اقفوا الاعدامات بحق الشباب الاحوازي

    11. freedom 4 alahwaz
      tnx amnesty

    12. اوقفو الاعدام

    13. اوقفو الاعدام‎ ‎/اعدام رامتوقف کنید

    14. Thank you Amnesty.
      Free ahwazi prisoners

    15. اوقفوا إعدام اخوتنا الاحوازيين فهم يطالبون بحريتهم

    16. انهم ابرياء انقذوهم

    17. ما نفرت و انزجار خود را از احكام اعدام صادره در حق فعالان سياسي و مدني بيكناه عرب در شهر خلفيه را اعلام ميكنم و خواهان تغيير اين حكم ميباشيم

    18. Amnesty International has not yet published the urgent action online. So far they have only sent it to their subscribers through email. Once the urgent action is published online by Amnesty we will include the link in this post.

    19. اوقفوا الاعدامات في الاحواز … فالتكن هذه صرختنا جميعا يا احوازيين حتى تتوقف الاعدامات بحق شعبنا الاحوازي

    20. we condemn these sentences agains five Ahwazi arab:
      our request from Iranian regim is to free Mohamad Ali Omori, Hadi Rashedi, Sayed Mokhtar Alboshoka , Sayed Jaber Alboshoka and Hashem Omori.

    21. وقفو الاعدام من شباب الاحواز

    22. وقفو الاعدام من الشباب

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