Gulf European Centre for Human Rights
GECHR welcomes the decision of Polish court to release the Ahwazi political activist
29th June 2019
On February 12, 2019, political activist and Deputy Secretary-General of the Arab Liberation Movement of Al-Ahwaz Mr Habib Kaabi was arrested at Poland airport before participating in a political conference to support the Warsaw International Conference held in Poland against Iran.
According to Polish authorities, the reason for the arrest of Habib Kaabi is that the name of this activist was on the Interpol police list. After Mr Kaabi spent three and a half months at the detention, the Polish court in Warsaw, have ordered to return him to Sweden instead of Iran as he is Swedish national, as well as Iran has a bad reputation for human rights abuses and massacres in Ahwaz.
The Polish judge said in the court on May 28, 2009, Iranian authorities is committing ethnic persecution in Ahwaz. Hence, Mr Kaabi is political activist and Swedish national (EU citizen), so he should return back to his own country Sweden rather than Iran.
The judge cited the Swedish authorities' report on human rights violations in Ahwaz, Amnesty International's report, the US State Department report, a report from seven human rights organisations, as well as participation of a number of political and human rights activists in the court, including Ahwazi human rights activist Mr Karim Dahimi, member of Ahwazi Liberation Movement Mr Saied Hamidan, and director of Gulf European Centre for Human Rights Mr Kamil Alboshoka, as well as some Syrian activists.
Gulf European Centre for Human Rights welcomes the decision of the Court of Poland to release Mr. Habib Kaabi and the legal decision that was mentioned in the court about the systematic violations against the Ahwazi people on an ethnic basis. The centre also calls on Interpol police to remove all names of Ahwazi political and human rights activists from the list because Iranian authorities have a high record of violation in Ahwaz and against Ahwazi activists who live abroad. For instance, the Iranian authorities assassinated Mr Ahmad Molla, an Ahwazi political leader in The Hague, the Netherlands and attempt to target other political activists’ in European countries.