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Iran executes 2 Ahvazi Arabs after forcing confessions

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Iranian authorities have executed two members of the Ahvazi Arab community, state media reported, adding that the execution of Ghassem Abdullah and Abdullah Karmollah Chab took place in the Fajr Prison in the city of Dezful in southwest Iran on Sunday.

The two men from the Ahvazi Arab minority had endured months of torture in prison, so much so that they made false confessions, according to informed sources.

They were arrested by intelligence ministry agents in October 2015 and spent six months in solitary confinement in an unknown location. They then moved from one detention center to another and they were allowed only very limited contact with their families and loved ones.

In April this year, they were moved to a detention center run by the ministry of intelligence in Hamadan province. Since then, they had not been allowed to contact their families.

The following month, Amnesty International called on the Iranian regime to either provide sufficient evidence “not obtained through torture or other ill-treatment” of their involvement or release them without further delay. They also urged the Iranian authorities to make sure the men receive a fair trial.

The Iranian authorities systematically ignore calls from the international community and human rights organizations to halt the mistreatment of Iranian citizens.


Last Modified: Friday، 09 August 2019 08:22 PM