UN experts urge Iran to halt execution of five Arab activists
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||25 January 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, UN experts urge Iran to halt execution of five Arab activists, 25 January 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/512235921e.html [accessed 9 March 2014]|
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January 25, 2013
A group of independent United Nations experts has urged the Iranian authorities to halt the imminent execution of five Ahwazi Arab activists.
On January 25, UN experts on Iran, peaceful assembly and association, extrajudicial executions, torture, and minorities appealed to the Iranian government not to carry out the executions after the country's Supreme Court upheld the activists' death sentences.
The five men were founding members of Al-Hiwar, a scientific and cultural institute.
They were charged with "enmity against God", "corruption on earth" and spreading propaganda against the system last year.
The activists were arrested at their homes in the southwestern city of Ahwaz in 2011.
On January 24, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch also called on Iran's judiciary to cancel the death sentences of the five men.