Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Iranian security forces attack mosque

At least fifty, and possibly up to three hundred, members of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab community have been detained by security forces after an attack on the Hamzeh mosque in Ahwaz City, southwestern Khuzestan province, Voice of America reported on Wednesday.

“Those arrested and injured have been taken to an unknown location and their family members have, as yet, received no information as to their whereabouts or well-being,” said Fakhteh Zamani, Director of the Association for the Defense of Azerbaijani Political Prisoners in Iran. “We fear that they could be tortured and otherwise ill-treated in detention. Also the injured have not been taken to any hospital.”

Between two and four million Ahwazi Arabs live in Khuzestan province, where human rights groups report regular discrimination and the ill-treatment of activists and their families.

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