Iran urged to halt execution of cultural rights activistsListen /
The Iranian authorities have been urged by the UN to halt the execution of two Ahwazi Arab farmers and cultural rights activists, scheduled for Thursday.
Ali Chebeishat and Sayed Khaled Mousavi, were arrested in November 2012 and sentenced to death on blasphemy charges.
Four United Nations human rights experts have expressed alarm over the sentence and treatment of the men.
Whilst in detention, the activists have reportedly been subjected to severe mistreatment and beatings, possibly amounting to torture.
Neither their lawyer nor family members have been able to contact them during the last two months.
The human rights experts expressed serious concern over reports that the accused were not given a fair trial in accordance with both domestic and international law.
They say the accused were convicted on the basis of a televised confession which appeared on Iranian State TV in June 2013.
Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations