Iranian authorities informed the families of 5 detainees from the
Arab-dominated Ahwaz province that their sons will be hanged in public “within
days” for allegedly killing a security member and wounding another in 2011, a
local human rights activist told Al Arabiya on Tuesday.
The detainees include 3 brothers – Abdelrahman, Taha, and Jamsheed Haidari –
and their cousin Mansour Haidari and Ameer Moawya. They were arrested in 2011
and charged with the murder of a security member and the wounding of another.
Their families say the detainees confessed to the murder under torture.
Karim Abdian, director of the Ahwaz Human Rights Organization, told Al Arabiya
that the execution plan comes ahead of the April 15 commemoration of uprisings
that took place in several Iranian cities in 2005 in protest against a
government program designed to change the demographic structure of areas
dominated by ethnic Arabs. According to that government plan, ethnic Arabs
would become a minority within 10 years.
During the April 15 uprisings, known as the Bloody Friday, dozens of
Arab-Iranians were killed, 500 injured, and 250 arrested during protests in the
city of Ahwaz.
Abdian explained that by executing people at this period in time, Iranian
authorities seek to spread fear among residents and thwart them from organizing
protests on April 15.
Abdian criticized “the silence” of Iranian political parties and human rights
organizations in the face of increased “security crackdown on ethnic Arab
citizens of Iran.”
(source: Iran Human Rights)