Asharq Al-awsat English Middle-east and International News and Opinion from Asharq Al-awsat Newspaper

Human Rights Reports: 22 Ahvaz Inmates Executed in Iran

Human Rights Reports: 22 Ahvaz Inmates Executed in Iran

Monday, 12 November, 2018 - 07:15
Iranian military officials and clerics attend a mass funeral for the victims of those killed during an attack on a military parade. AFP
London - Asharq Al-Awsat
Human Right activists confirmed on Sunday that Iran has executed Ahvaz inmates who were arrested last September in connection to an attack against a Revolutionary Guards military parade.

Sources said officials from the Iranian Intelligence contacted the families of 22 inmates, informing them of their execution and having them pledge not to hold any gathering or ceremonies, while authorities refused to hand over the bodies for proper burials.

Other sources close to the victims’ families said the 22 executed inmates were arrested on Sept. 24 by Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence in connection to the parade attack.

Human Rights Monitor website quoted activists in Ahvaz as saying that the office of the regime’s intelligence ministry contacted the families of the executed detainees on Nov. 10 to summon them at its headquarters.

“On their arrival, they were given their loved ones’ death certificates and ordered not to hold any funeral ceremonies or mourning rituals or to receive anyone at their homes for condolences,” the activists said, adding that the regime threatened to arrest anyone violating its orders.

The Revolutionary Guards had vowed to exact “deadly and unforgettable” vengeance for the attack on the parade that killed 25 people.

The assault was one of the worst ever against the most powerful force of Iran, as it struck a blow at its security establishment.

“Considering (the Guards’) full knowledge about the centers of deployment of the criminal terrorist leaders ..., they will face a deadly and unforgettable vengeance in the near future,” the Guards had said in a statement carried by state media.

Following the Sept. 22 attack on the parade, Iranian authorities waged a campaign against Ahvaz minorities, arresting hundreds in the Khuzestan province, according to the HRM website.

Editor Picks