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Iran: Arbitrary arrests/ fear of torture or ill-treatment/ possible prisoners of conscience

, Index number: MDE 13/002/2008

On 30 December2007, at least 50 and possibly hundreds of men from Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority were arrested as they attended a memorial at the Hamzeh mosque in Ahvaz City. They were reportedly detained following an attack by members of the police and Bassij forces. Some or all may be prisoners of conscience, detained solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression and association.

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