The Kurdish Herald reported:

On January 6, 2010, 28-year-old Fasih Yasamani, a Kurdish activist, was executed in the city of Saqqez. Yasamani was convicted in a show trial of being a member of the Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK).

Earlier, on November 11, 2009, the IRI executed Ehsan Fatahiyan, and according to his lawyer, Fatahiyan was subjected to consistently brutal torture during his incarceration in order to force him to confess. He refused and was subsequently executed.

The 18 young Kurds awaiting execution include Zeinab Jalaliyan, 27, who was arrested in the city of Kermanshah and sentenced to die in a show trial for being a member of a Kurdish political party. Shirin Alamholy, also 27, was sentenced to death for being an “enemy of God” for allegedly being a member of a Kurdish political party. Habibollah Latifi, a student activist, was also convicted of being a “mohareb” or an “enemy of God,” and for allegedly being a member of the PJAK. Latifi was moved to solitary confinement on January 16, 2010, as a prelude to his imminent execution. Shirko Moarefi, 30, was arrested on October 31, 2008, in the city of Saqqez, and after months of interrogation and torture and a subsequent show trial was sentenced to death for being an “enemy of God” or a “mohareb.” The fate of the rest of the 18 young Kurds sentenced to die is unknown.

The Iranian southwestern province of Khuzestan used to be an autonomous province populated by indigenous Sunni Arabs. In 1925 Iran forcibly annexed the province and has since then exercised “ethnic cleansing” by removing the Arabs from this oil-rich area and populating it with Persian Shiites. Sunni Arabs or Ahwazis have been in a state of rebellion against this oppressive Shiite Islamic Republic of Iran. Amnesty International has reported that seven members of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority are facing imminent execution in Ahwaz city, the capital of Khuzestan province.

The seven men were convicted in a sham show trial of “acting against national security” and the alleged killing of Shiite cleric Sheikh Hesham al-Sameyri in June 2007. The seven, Ali Saedi, Walid Naisi, Majjid Mahawi, Doayr Mahawi and his son Maher, Ahmad Saedi, and Yusuf Leftehpour, were arrested in August 2007 and held incommunicado by the Iranian intelligence services for 15 months in an unknown location. They were subsequently transferred to Karoun prison in Ahwaz city where they were tortured and sentenced to death by the Iranian Revolutionary Court in September 2009, in an unfair trial and with no access to a lawyer.

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s call for Islamic solidarity in fighting the “enemies of Islam” rings specious when it is waging a deadly and intolerant campaign against non-Persian Sunni Muslims. The time has come for Arab-Palestinians and other Sunni Arabs to recognize the clear hypocrisy.