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Ahwazi Arab Activist Arrested for Visiting the Families of Executed Political Prisoners

August 04, 2014
Ahwazi Arab activist Assad Salehi

Ahwazi Arab activist Assad Salehi

Persian2English – On July 29, 2014 Assad Salehi, a 23-year-old *Ahwazi Arab activist, who holds a degree in Chemistry from Shahid Chamran University, was arrested by Iranian security agents and taken to an unknown location for visiting the homes of the families of executed political prisoners. According to a close source, security agents captured Salehi off the street and raided his home a half hour after they arrested him.

One day after his arrest Salehi was reportedly transferred to the Prosecutor’s office in Ahwaz and his family was granted a short visit. According to his family, there are signs of physical assault on his body.

Salehi along with a hundred other people had reportedly visited the homes of the families of executed political prisoners for the occasion of Eid al-Fitr (the day marking the end of Ramadan). The close source reveals that the prosecution in Ahwaz has accused Salehi of organizing this peaceful action.

Prior to this arrest Iranian authorities had held Salehi in detention for six months, between winter 2013 and spring 2014, until a revolutionary court acquitted him of all charges.

*Ahwaz is a city in the Iranian province of Khuzestan.

Persian source: HRANA

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    1. he does not want to rank countries. This is apatpanrly because the human right records are much worse in Saudi Arabia and he does not want to admit it. In fact, I have never seen BBC or CNN talking about human rights in Saudi Arabia. I am almost sure that it is because they are allies of the United States, and not because the human rights are measured relatively. (the charter of human rights covers Arabs as much as Persians)

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