Urgent Action


23 Jan 2016


The death penalty threatens the lives of 15 Ahwazi Arabs

15 Ahwazi Arab activists, who were born in Susa in North Al-Ahwaz, are facing the risk of an execution, according to the reliable sources inside Al-Ahwaz.

Those men were arrested by the Iranian intelligence services on 21st October 2015 in charge of enmity of god, corruption on the earth, dangerous for national security, and the religion case.

According to Al-Ahwazi Organization for Human Rights report that was published on 06 December 2015 (www.alahwaz-hro.com), the Iranian intelligence services were contacted the families of the detainees in regards of their sons who have been arrested earlier by the Iranian intelligence services. The Iranian intelligence services told them that the detainees will be faced the death penalty in charge of dangerous for national security and enmity of god and corruption on the earth.

Mr Hakim Kaabi a member of Al-ahwazi Organisation for Human Rights and relative of the prisoners has given the names of 7 people from 15 people who were arrested by the Iranian intelligence services. Mr Hakim Kaabi stated that all these 7 men are from Bit Alaw and Khalaf Muslim villages. The name of these men are Mr Issa Abdullahi (Kaabi) the son of Nasser 28 year of age, Mr Hason Abdullahi (Kaabi) the son of Habib 29 year of age, Hussein Abdullahi (Kaabi) 22 year of age, Majeed Abdullahi (Kabbi) the son of Almashaf 24 year of age, Mohammed Abdullahi (Kaabi) the son of Helayel 32 year of age, Jassem Abdullahi (Kaabi) the son of Obeyed 28 year of age, and Majed Abdullahi (Kaabi) the son of Al-Daham 21 year of age.

The Ahwazi Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights strongly condemned the Iranian ill-treatments against these men. The Ahwazi Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights demand the International Human Rights Organisations and International Community in general and Dr. Ahmad Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur of Human Rights for Iran in particular, to pay more attention for the case of those men who were recently arrested by the Iranian intelligence services without unclear reason.

The Ahwazi Organization for the Defence of Human Rights would like to add that none of these 15 men have faced a fair trial and lawyer. Therefore, the organization is concerned of the Iranian intelligence services connection with the families, in which is a violation of human rights against detainees. The organization also would like to bring the International Organizations that the Iranian authorities have already executed a considerable number of Ahwazi cultural and political activists without giving them a chance of accessing their families and lawyers and facing standard court.

The organization also would like to remind the international organizations that the UN Conventions offer treaty provision relating to the death penalty such as Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to limit the death penalty and prohibited against activists.


Ahwaz is an Arab land that located in the South- West and South Iran. The name of Al-Ahwaz has changed to Khuzestan, Bushehr and Hormozgan in 1935 after invading the land in 1925. The Iranian both regimes such as Pahlavi era and Islamic republic era used different ways to suppress Ahwazi voices.

A considerable number of Ahwazi have been sentenced to the death penalty due to their activity, although Article 6 of ICCPR pointed out that the death penalty should not carried out on people below 18 years of age and pregnant women, and should not carried out against people who have not faces a fair trial. The article also states that ”in countries which have not abolished the death penalty, sentence of death may be imposed only for the most serious crimes in accordance with the law in force at the time of the commission of the crime and contrary to the provisions of the present Covenant and to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The death penalty only be carried out pursuant to a final judgement rendered by a competent court”.

Article 6 of the ICCPR also states that there are a number of strict limitation on the imposition of the death penalty, including ”Right to a fair trial before the imposition of the death penalty; prohibition against imposing the death penalty when other ICCPR rights have been violated; right to seek pardon or commutation of a death penalty sentence”.

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