Five Members of Al-Hiwar at Imminent Risk of Execution

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Justice For Iran: According to the reliable sources, five Ahwazi Arabs from Khalafieh (Ramshir), Iran were transferred by security forces from Karoun prison to an undisclosed location.  Their families fear that the removal of the five men from Karoun prison indicates that they will soon be executed.

These five Ahwazi Arab cultural activists were sentenced to death in June. The execution sentences were upheld by the Supreme Court, and the families of the men were subsequently notified on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

 The five men in question are: Jaber Alboshoka (holds an associate degree in computer sciences and is a private in the military) 28 y/o, Mokhtar Alboshoka (works at a stone mining company) 26 y/o, Hadi Rashedi (holds a masters degree in applied chemistry and is a chemistry teacher) 39 y/o, Hashem Shabaninejad (an Arabic literature teacher and a masters student of political science at Ahwaz University) 32 y/o, and Mohammad Ali Omourinejad (a Fisheries engineer and school teacher) 34 y/o.  In addition to their professional vocations, these five men are founders and active members of the Al-Hiwar scientific-cultural institute (Al-Hiwar means “dialogue” in the Arabic language)—a group which experienced mass arrests of its members in February 2012.  After being held at a detention center run by the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) in Ahwaz and tortured for months, they were accused of moharebeh (waging war on God) and terrorism, however the defendants maintain that the confessions obtained from them are false confessions obtained under torture.

Justice for Iran is requesting UN special rapporteurs to make every effort to facilitate the annulment of death sentences recently issued for five members of the scientific – cultural Institute of Al-Hiwar. JFI is also seeking human rights sanctions issued by the European Union countries to include all authorities in charge of torturing the five Arab activists with the aim of extracting forced confessions.

Justice for Iran has recently requesting UN special rapporteurs to make every effort to facilitate the annulment of death sentences recently issued for five members of the scientific – cultural Institute of Al-Hiwar. JFI has also sought human rights sanctions issued by the European Union countries to include all authorities in charge of torturing the five Arab activists with the aim of extracting forced confessions.

 

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Justice for Iran: Commute the execution orders issued for five members of Al-Hiwar