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Iranian Interior Minister, Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, said on Saturday, on a local television programme, that he had no information about the Iranian Judicial Council in Iran approving the death sentence issued by the Revolutionary Court in Ahwaz against four Arab prisoners from Falahiya (also known as Fallahiya in Arabic), approximately 100 kilometers south of Ahwaz capital city.
Mr Najjar added; "International human rights organisations are unsolicited in Iran and we perceive their activists as a sign of interfering in our country." On Friday 26th, Human Rights watch made a press release, condemning the execution sentences of the four Ahwazi cultural activists, asking Iranian authorities to stop the executions.
“The absence of lawyers at key stages in the proceedings and the credible allegations of coerced ‘confessions’ cast strong doubts on the legitimacy of the Ahwazi Arabs’ trial, let alone the death sentences,” said Tamara Alrifai, Middle East advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. “The fact that the government has an appalling rights record against Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority only makes the case for the need for a fair trial stronger.”
Additionally, Amnesty International said Iran’s judiciary should stop the executions of four members of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority because of grave violations of due process and the judiciary should order a new trial according to the international fair trial standards in which the death penalty is not an option. Family members and Ahwazi Arab rights activists have told human rights groups that the detainees contacted their families on July 16, 2013 and said they feared that authorities were planning to carry out the execution orders any day now.
European Ahwazi Human Rights Organization alongside with dozen of Ahwazi activist made a petition asking The European Parliament and United Nations Special Rapporteur On Human Rights In Iran, Dr Ahmed Shaheed, to get more involved and instantaneously request the Iranian authority to stop the execution of the Ahwazi activists.
It's quite worrying knowing that the Ahwazis have not only been denied their most basic civil, political, and human rights, but have been tortured, imprisoned and killed in the most brutal ways on a regular basis by Iranian intelligence and Iranian revolutionary guards. Journalists and human rights activists who have dared to speak up against the regime have also been silenced, imprisoned or killed. It is due to these harsh conditions why more and more Ahwazis have left to settle in Europe.