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article imageIran executes Arab poet Hashem Shaabani for 'waging war on God'

By Brett Wilkins     Feb 11, 2014 in World
An Arab-Iranian poet and human rights activist has been executed in the Islamic Republic for allegedly being an "enemy of God" and threatening national security.
Al Jazeera reports 32-year-old Hashem Shaabani was hanged January 27 at an unidentified Iranian prison. Another Arab-Iranian prisoner, Hadi Rashedi, was also hanged, according to the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC). The pair were reportedly executed without notification of their relatives or lawyers.
The second branch of the Ahvaz Islamic Revolutionary Court had sentenced the men, along with 13 others, to death for the crime of muharibih, or "waging war on God," as well as for "sowing corruption on earth," "propaganda against the Islamic Republic," and "acting against national security."
Both of the executed men were teachers from Ramshir, Khuzestan province.
Shaabani, who was committed to nonviolent conflict resolution, was the founder of Dialogue Institute, which promoted Arabic culture and literature in Iran.
The watchdog group Freedom House condemned Shaabani's execution, claiming the prisoner was subjected severe torture during his three years behind bars.
Iran is the global leader in executions per capita, with 624 individuals put to death by the government in 2013, according to IHRDC. There have already been 55 executions carried out in the Islamic Republic so far this year. Amnesty International says most of those killed this year were put to death for drug-related crimes.
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