Ahwazi Arabs facing unfair trial, risk torture in Iran: Amnesty International

Source: Amnesty International


Six members of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority are due to go on trial in Iran on 20 May. The men were detained without charge for almost a year and all were arrested in connection with their activities on behalf of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority. It is feared they will not receive a fair trial and may be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

The six men, all from Khalafabad in Khuzestan province, south-west Iran, were arrested at their homes in February and March 2011 in advance of the sixth anniversary of widespread protests by Ahwazi Arabs in April 2005. BloggerMohammad Ali Amouri, chemistry teacher Rahman Asakerehand teacher Hashem Sha’bani Amouri were arrested on 16 February. Teacher Hadi Rashidi (or Rashedi) was arrested on 28 February, and Sayed Jaber Alboshoka and his younger brother Sayed Mokhtar Alboshoka were arrested in March.

The men are now held in Karoun prison in the city of Ahwaz, Khuzestan province. At least four of them were denied access to a lawyer for at least eight months after arrest. In or around February 2012, they were all charged in separate five-minute court sessions with the vaguely-worded offences of “enmity against God and corruption on earth“(moharebeh va ifsad fil-arz), “gathering and colluding against state security” and “spreading propaganda against the system”. The charge of “enmity against God and corruption on earth” carries a possible death sentence. They are due to be tried before Branch 2 of the Dezful Revolutionary Court on 20 May 2012. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags


  • Iran
MDE 13/023/2012
26. April 2012

HAMID GHASSEMI-SHALL, iranisch-kanadischer Staatsbürger

Hamid Ghassemi-Shall, der die iranische und kanadische Staatsangehörigkeit besitzt, droht offenbar im Iran unmittelbar die Hinrichtung. Am 15. April erfuhr seine Familie, dass sein Todesurteil an die Justizbehörde zur Vollstreckung von Todesurteilen weitergeleitet worden ist.

Hamid Ghassemi-Shall wurde am 24. Mai 2008 festgenommen, als er gerade seine Mutter im Iran besuchte. Sein älterer Bruder Alborz Ghassemi-Shall war etwa zwei Wochen zuvor festgenommen worden. Beide Brüder wurden 18 Monate lang im Teheraner Evin-Gefängnis in Einzelhaft und ohne Zugang zu rechtlicher Vertretung festgehalten. Im November 2009 wurden Hamid und Alborz Ghassemi-Shall schließlich aus der Einzelhaft in einen Trakt mit anderen Häftlingen verlegt.

In einem unfairen Gerichtsverfahren wurden beide Männer am 29. Dezember 2008 vor dem Revolutionsgericht zum Tode verurteilt. Das Gericht befand sie wegen Spionage und Verbindungen zur verbotenen Oppositionsgruppe der Volksmudschaheddin (People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran – PMOI) der „Feindschaft zu Gott“ (moharebeh) für schuldig. Amnesty International vorliegenden Informationen zufolge bestanden die Beweise gegen die beiden Brüder aus einem „Geständnis“ und einer E-Mail, die Hamid Ghassemi-Shall an Alborz Ghassemi-Shall, der in der Vergangenheit als Maschinenbauingenieur für die iranische Armee gearbeitet hatte, gesendet haben soll. Hamid Ghassemi-Shall bestreitet das Versenden der E-Mail. Das Urteil gegen die beiden Männer wurde am 7. November 2009 vom iranischen Obersten Gerichtshof aufrechterhalten. Im Januar 2010 starb Alborz Ghassemi-Shall, der an Magenkrebs litt, im Gefängnis.

Angaben von Hamid Ghassemi-Shall zufolge stand er im Evin-Gefängnis, bevor ihm Zugang zu rechtlicher Vertretung gewährt wurde, unter „sehr großem Druck“, ein „Geständnis“ abzulegen. Unter Folter erzwungene „Geständnisse“ werden in iranischen Gerichten regelmäßig als Beweismittel herangezogen. Dies verstößt gegen das Recht des Angeklagten auf ein faires Gerichtsverfahren. Die iranischen Behörden haben in der Vergangenheit auch damit gedroht, die mittlerweile verstorbene Schwester von Hamid und Alborz Ghassemi-Shall, Mahin Ghassemi�Shall, festzunehmen, weil sie sich öffentlich für ihre Brüder eingesetzt hatte. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Callous Border Security Guns Down 70 Couriers in Iran

Government Should End Pattern of Illegal Use of Lethal Force in Northwest Border Provinces

Iranian Kurds and Unemployed Resort to Dangerous Black-Market Work

Bardehnaz Piranshahr border. Photo by Shirkoo Jahani for the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

(27 April 2012) The Iranian government should immediately investigate the numerous cases of border security forces killing couriers in the northwestern provinces of West Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, and Kermanshah, and hold accountable those responsible for such calloususe of unlawful force, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. The government should also review its border security measures and the growing pattern of excessive use of lethal force, and should adopt clear polices to stop unlawful and unnecessary killing, the Campaign added.

“The ongoing cold-blooded killing of cross-border couriers (often called kulbar) by security officials is unacceptable, and the Iranian government must put an end to it,” Campaign spokesperson Hadi Ghaemi said. “The use of lethal force against these people, who are unarmed and are simply avoiding authorities, is unjustifiable, violates international law, and must be investigated.” Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Document: The Repression, Abuse, and Execution of Iranian Kurds

The five Iranians executed in May 2010Our colleagues at Arseh Sevom, pursuing civil society in Iran, profile a new report documenting the violations of the rights of Iranian Kurds, including intimidation, lengthy prison sentences, and the death penalty:

Soon it will be two years since the executions of four Kurdish activists shocked the international community. One of those executed was the teacher Farzad Kamangar, whose plight had been the focus of an international campaign. Ali Heydarian, Farhad Vakili, and Shirin Alamhouli were also hung, as was political prisoner Mehdi Eslamian. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Widespread Detentions of Ahwazi Activists Mark Anniversary of 2005 Crackdown

Iranian authorities have detained at least 26 people in the city of Ahwaz and its surroundings in the southwestern province of Khuzestan during the weeks leading up to the April 15 anniversary of a 2005 protest and subsequent crackdown.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran called for the immediate release of all detainees. Between late March and April 16, according to the European Ahwazi Human Rights Organisation (EAHRO), Iranian security and intelligence agents detained 26 activists to prevent the commemoration of the April 15 anniversary.

On 15 April 2005, widespread demonstrations broke out in various neighborhoods of Ahwaz in protest against ethnic discrimination and government policies which lead to substantial dislocation of Arab-Iranians and impoverishment of local communities. At the time, Iranian authorities arrested hundreds of protestors, and since then they have responded to local grievances with a heavy-handed policy of repression, detentions, torture, and even executions of activists. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

MP calls on Iranian refugees to take files to Iraqi House of Representatives

SULAIMANIYA, April 19 (AKnews) – Iranian refugees in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region can take their issues to the committee of human rights at the Iraqi House of Representatives so as to be followed up, said a committee member.

ashuaq jaf, ashwaq jafThe committee will insert the demands in its agenda and will propose it to the House, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Kurdistan parliament and government, said MP Ashwaq Jaf.

There are hundreds of Iranian refugees, most of them Kurds, who have been living in Kurdistan for more than 10 years. Despite this, they have not been issued citizenship and have been deprived of many rights enjoyed by fellow Iranians in other countries.

Fuad Abbasi, a 30-year-old Iranian Kurdish refugee in the Kurdistan Region, said so far neither the UN nor the Kurdish government has responded to demands for citizenship.

Abbasi, who has been living in the region as a political refugee since 2001, accused the UN „as the major party responsible“ for refugees of „playing with our destiny every year“.

He called on the UN and the Kurdistan government to „make our destiny clear because in any democratic country… refugees are granted citizenship after five years and enjoy the full rights as the rest of the citizens in that country“.

Abbasi also demanded the government not to treat the refugees as „fuel of the tensions between Baghdad, Erbil and the UN“.

He complained that some of the refugees suffer from serious health conditions and need to be treated abroad but since they are banned in Iran and they do not have an Iraqi passport they have to suffer the pain for the rest of their lives.

„Every day we should dig a grave for our beloved ones,“ he said.

Last year AKnews conducted a report in Soran city, Erbil province. In this city alone it was reported that there were more than 450 Iranian women who married Iraqi Kurdish men, but most of them after 20 years of marital life were not naturalized as Iraqi citizens.

By Idris Abu-Bakir

The latest video in the “Angels of Iran” series about human rights violations in Iran

From the Creators:  Education Under Fire is pleased to announce the release of the latest in a series of videos about Iranian citizens who are persecuted by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

A profile of human rights activist, Iranian-Kurdish singer / songwriter Soraya Fallah, with her daughter Cklara Moradian. Soraya was imprisoned four times, and tortured so severely that she miscarried in solitary confinement.

Irak: „Report on Joint Finnish-Swiss Fact-Finding Mission to Amman and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Area, May 10-22, 2011“

Quelle: Finnish Immigration Service

Irak: „Report on Joint Finnish-Swiss Fact-Finding Mission to Amman and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Area, May 10-22, 2011“ , Autor: Finnish Immigration Service & Federal Office for Migration (Switzerland)

Bericht über eine Fact-Finding-Mission in die Autonome Region Kurdistan (Sicherheitslage, Politik, Wirtschaft, Exekutive, Menschenrechte, Frauen & Kinder, Minderheiten, RückkehrerInnen, ausländische Flüchtlinge, Gesundheitsversorgung, IrakerInnen in Jordanien & Syrien) [ID 210354]

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Schweden: Iraner ins falsche Land abgeschoben

Ins falsche Land abgeschoben wurde ein 53jähriger iranischer Asylsuchender mit irakisch-kurdischen Wurzeln. Der Betroffene hat jetzt eine Beschwerde beim schwedischen Ombudsmann für Justizangelegenheiten anhängig machen lassen, nachdem im Irak, wo er jetzt in Haft sitzt, bis zu 15 Jahren Haft drohen könnten. Der Betroffene ist im Irak geboren, wurde später iranischer Staatsbürger und floh aus dem Iran im Jahre 2002 nach Schweden, wo er Asylantrag stellte. Nach Angaben seiner Anwältin stand seine Abschiebung in den Iran nach endgültiger Ablehnung des Asylantrages bevor. Tatsächlich habe man ihn dann in den Irak ausgeflogen. Ihr Mandant sei Angehöriger einer kurdischen Minderheit, von denen viele zu Saddam Husseins Zeiten in den Iran ausgewiesen worden seien. Tausende seien in den 80er Jahren im Iran verschwunden. Die irakische Botschaft in Schweden hat nach Angaben von Familienangehörigen einen irakischen Pass ausgestellt, weil es eine Regelung gebe, dass kurdische Minderheitenangehörige ihre irakische Staatsangehörigkeit wieder erwerben könnten. Die Verwandten gehen davon aus, dass materielle Interessen im Spiel gewesen seien könnten, als die Botschaft einen echten Pass für die Abschiebung zur Verfügung stellte. (Quelle: Migration News Sheet, Dezember 2011)

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