Iran steps up crackdown against its Arab minority

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Arab prisoners from left: Hadi Rashedi, Mohammad-Ali Amori, Rahman Asakera, Mokhtar Alboshokeh, Hashem Shabani, Jaber Alboshokeh

Iran has stepped up its crackdown against its Arab minority with mass arrests of activists and death sentences passed in closed-door courts.

At least five Arab prisoners who are currently kept at Karoun prison in the southern city of Ahwaz are at imminent risk of execution, activists have warned.

The men, Hadi Rashedi, 38, Hashem Shabani, 32, and Mohammad-Ali Amouri, 34, and two brothers Seyed Mokhtar Alboshokeh, 25, and Seyed Jaber Alboshokeh, 27, have been sentenced to death following trials described by activists as grossly unfair.

Read More: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/iran-blog/2012/jul/19/iran-steps-up-crackdown-arab-minority

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