Unlawful detention of Iranian ethnic Arabs continues

Unlawful detention of Iranian ethnic Arabs continues

Published by on May 15, 2018

Following last month’s protests in Ahvaz and other cities across Iran’s Khuzestan province, hundreds of Ahvaz residents are still being kept in detention without trial and others are being arrested at their homes or work places.

Many protesters were arrested during the protests. Although no official figures on the number of arrests have been released, but some human rights activists say that more than 500 of Ahvazi activists have been detained.

Families of a number of detainees have held gatherings in front of Ahvaz’s Shayban Prison, and Khuzestan’s provincial government building, protesting about their children’s uncertain situation.

A taxi driver who says he has not been involved in any political activities, nor has he participated in any rallies, was released after 22 days imprisonment and torture. His family put up the bail set at 110 million tomans (about £20,000). After his release he explained that he was just in the area for repairing his taxi when he was mistakenly arrested. He said: “I was repeatedly interrogated in the prison while being beaten each time, uselessly telling them that I was mistakenly arrested.”

Meanwhile, Saeed Fakhernasab, a well-known Ahvazi civil rights activist and the former head of Shadegan district Education Department, was arrested on 19 April after he had some meetings with members of regime’s Assembly of Experts, Members of Majlis (so called parliament), and the province’s high-ranking officials, for pursuing the cases of detained protesters.

According to human rights activists in Khuzestan province many Iranian ethnic Arab elites who didn’t even take part in the protests have been arrested and faced with heavy charges because the regime wants to instil fear among activists and the population.

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