Freedom House Condemns Barbaric Executions of Arab Activists in Iran
Freedom House strongly denounces the execution of four Arab prisoners charged with alleged terrorist activity following a closed-door trial, a chilling indication that the government has intensified its crackdown on Iran’s Ahwazi minority. Iran must halt all execution orders and immediately reform its broken judiciary, which lacks transparency and flouts due process.
On June 18, 2012 four inmates at Karoun prison were publicly hanged following convictions for “enmity with god” and “sowing corruption on the earth.” All were arrested in April 2011 in the wake of Arab anti-government protests. In an effort to tighten its already vise-like grip on dissent, Iranian security forces attacked unarmed Awhazi Arab protesters two days before the executions in the Malashieh district, arresting 30 men. Five Arab inmates currently held in Karoun prison have been sentenced to death and face imminent execution on terrorism charges—Iranian officials’ catch-all phrase for anti-government activism.
Iran is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2012 and Freedom of the Press 2012.