Amnesty International has launched an on-line URGENT TWITTER ACTION to urge Iran to halt imminent execution of Aref Hamidian tomorrow 20 April.
On 13 April UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and three UN The Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Situation in Iran, Dr. Ahmed Ashid, Rapporteur on Torture and the Rapporteur on Arbitrary Detention and Executions issued an urgent appeal to Iran on Aref Hamidian's case.
Iran's Judicial authorities told the family they would execute Mr. Aref Hamidian, 25, son of Saeed (aka Lafta) and father of two next week. He, also family's sole breadwinner, was arrested last year and charged with drug trafficking charges a charge used by Iran to silence Ahwazi rights activists. He's been sentenced to death by Revolutionary Court in Ahwaz city with no right of appeal or any access to legal representation or fair hearing.
In the last past few weeks Iran has intensified its crackdown on Ahwazi protesters and rights activists by broadcasting forced televised confessions on sate television and death sentences for activists in order to spread fear among Arab residents and thwart them from organizing protests ahead of the April 15, commemoration of uprisings that took place in several Ahwazi cities in 2005 in protest against a government program designed to change the demographic structure of areas dominated by ethnic Arabs. According to that government plan, ethnic Arabs would become a minority within 10 years.