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January 22, 2019

Two arrests in Kerman


HRANA (Facebook), January 20, 2019. –

Two Bahai women, Kimia Mostafavi ( کیمیا مصطفوی) and Kiaana Rezvaani ( کیانا رضوانی) from Kerman, were arrested on Saturday, January 19, by security forces. No information is available on their fate and whereabouts. Kiaana Rezvaani had been excluded from tertiary education because of her religious beliefs. After participating in the National University Entrance Exam, her file was marked “file incomplete” on the National Organization for Educational Testing website. This tag is used to prevent Bahais enrolling in colleges and universities.

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January 21, 2019

Sentences reduced for two Bahais in Yazd

Iran Press Watch, January 17, 2018. –

Mehran Bandi Amirabadi (مهران بندی امیرآبادی) and Mehran Eslami Amirabadi (مهران اسلامی امیرآبادی), both sentenced to 18 months in prison and one year of internal exile, have had their sentences reduced to 12 months in prison by the Review Court for Yazd Province. They had in fact begun their 18-month sentences, in August 2018, but were released when the legality of their sentences was questioned.

A source close to the accused said: “Considering the fact that the maximum sentence for the charge of “propaganda against the Regime” is one year, these citizens had previously been sentenced to one and a half times that, meaning eighteen months in prison, owing to the fact that the charge had been made more than once. In addition to this, one year of internal exile to the cities of Divandarreh and Saravan had been added to their sentences as supplementary punishment. Since the prior charge had been made in August of 2012 and it has been subjected to the statute of limitation, according to Article 137 of the Islamic Penal Code, the law of a repeated offence should not be applicable. Consequently, after an appeal to the Supreme Court and the transfer of the case to an equal branch, the verdict was reduced to one year of prison for each of these citizens. The supplementary punishment internal exile was also overturned.”

They were among seven Bahais arrested in Yazd in January and February 2017: one was exonerated and three were given suspended sentences, while Sorur Forughi Mahdiabadi (سرور فروغی مهدی آبادی) was released on bail in March 2017, and I have no further information on her case.

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January 17, 2019

Mariya Kothari acquitted by Review Court


HRANA, January 13, 2019. –

The Review Court for Kurdistan Province has acquitted Dr. Mariya Kothari (ماریا کوثری), a Bahai from Qorveh, who had been sentenced to one year in prison, a fine of five million [tumans], and two years in internal exile in the town of Torbat Heydarieh. Mrs. Kothari was accused of teaching the Bahai Faith. The court said that there was no evidence to justify the accusation. Dr. Kothari was arrested by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence on October 4, 2016. She has been free on bail since October 18, 2016. After her arrest in Qorveh she was taken to the Ministry of Intelligence detention facilities first in Qorveh and then in Sanandaj. Mrs. Kothari’s husband and son do not have Iranian nationality and have been required to leave Iran. Her husband lives in Ecuador and her son in Australia.

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Bahai-run business closed down in Birjand


Iran Press Watch, January 15, 2019. –

On the morning of Saturday, January 5, 2019, the business of Farshid Dimi (فرشید دیمی), a Bahai from Birjand, was sealed by order of judiciary officials. A source close to Mr. Dimi told HRANA, “Farshid Dimi’s store, where he sells computer accessories, has been in business for 20 years. Mr. Dimi’s business license renewal was denied by by authorities, who provided no specific reason. Mr. Dimi has paid his union dues [i.e., to the government-mandated industrial sector organisation] and his taxes throughout his years of operation. His business has been sealed by order of the judicial officials, and so far the only response from that body has been that the order has been issued by the high officials and nothing can be done by us.”

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January 16, 2019

Three Bahai students expelled at end of semester


HRANA, January 10, 2019. –

On January 9, Badi Safaajou (بدیع صفاجو), a Bahai from Karaj who was in his seventh semester of a degree in chemical engineering at the Azad University, was expelled because of his Bahai beliefs. He was called out while sitting one of the term examinations and told of his expulsion. The head of his department told him this was because he was a Bahai. He had achieved an average grade of 19.7.


In a separate report, HRANA notes the expulsion of Shirin Beninezhaad (شیرین بنی نژاد), who was in the fifth semester of a course in applied computer science at the Sama College branch of the Azad University, in Andisheh New Town (between Karaj and Tehran). On January 9, she was summoned to the University and told that she had been expelled one month earlier. At that point she had completed the classes for the course and one of the examinations. She had another three examinations to sit in order to complete her degree. The head of the College told her and her family that they (the University authorities) had no role in her expulsion, and she should take any questions to the Ministry of Intelligence.

Shaayaan Ma`navi (شایان معنوی), a Bahai student in the third semester of a degree in civil engineering at the Qods City campus of the Azad University was also expelled recently. On December 17, 2018, he found his access to the University web site was blocked, and on January 10, after numerous enquiries, he was told he had been expelled because of his Bahai beliefs.

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January 14, 2019

Interrogation of 32 Baha’is by Ministry of Intelligence in Karaj

Iran Press Watch, January 12, 2019. –

During last two weeks, at least 32 Bahais have been were summoned and interrogated by the Ministry of Intelligence in Karaj. They were attending a lecture by another Bahai, Mehrdad Heyrani (مهرداد حیرانی) who was visiting from Tehran. His presentation was interrupted when he was interrogated in class by security forces. An earlier report said that this gathering, on May 11, 2018, was at Baghestan or Fardis, both smaller towns near Karaj. He was released on August 11, 2018.

HRANA obtained the names of these people: Saied Vojdani, Tahereh Pashaie, Radm’an Forughi, Sheida Motlaq, Traneh Badie, Sepeher Furuhari, Masood Zakerian, Badiullah Tashakor, Farinaz Khoshfetrat, Tarannom Hashemi, Kambiz Safaie, Sarmad Sadeghian, Nahid Farhangi, Hasti Mandegari, Nasim Zabihi, Ruhhiyeh Anvari, Shoeleh Emamverdi, Shirin Khollas, Furutan Bayai, Armin Rowhani, Aydin Rowhani, Nazanin Sharifi, Nima Sharifi, Ramtin Monzavi, Parnian Badie, Mahsan Mokhtari, Arman Poormoradian, Mahmood Feshami, Samieh Ehsani, Pooya Eslami, Delkash Bebahani.
[سعید وجدانی، طاهره پاشائی، رادمان فروغی، شیدا مطلق، ترانه بدیعی، سپهر فروهری، مسعود ذاکریان، بدیع الله تشکر، پروین تشکر، فریناز خوش فطرت، ترنم هاشمی، کامبیز صفائی، سرمد صادقیان، ناهید فرهنگی، هستی ماندگاری، نسیم ذبیحی، روحیه انوری، شعله اماموردی، شیرین خلص، فروتن بیانی، آرمین روحانی، آیدین روحانی، نازنین شریفی، نیما شریفی، رامتین منزوی، پرنیان بدیعی ، مهسان مختاری، آرمان پورمرادیان، محمود فشامی، سمیعه احسانی، پویا اسلامی، دلکش بهبهانی]

A close source to these Bahais confirmed the above news and informed the HRANA reporter: “ When the security forces came to arrest Mehrdad Heyrani, all these citizens were attending his class. In addition, they were subsequently interrogated, and their mobile phones were confiscated.”

Since December 23, 2018, every week on Monday and Tuesday these individuals have been summoned and interrogated in the Office of the Ministry of Intelligence in Karaj.”

The same source continued: “Security agents, after completing their interrogation, returned the mobile phones and informed them that the finalised report of their individual cases would be sent to the judiciary.

Mehrdad Heyrani now resides in Tehran; on 11 May 2018 he was arrested by security forces and imprisoned in Evin Prison. After spending three months of incarceration, on 11 August 2018, he was freed on bail of approximately US $15,000.00.

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Provincial review court rules “teaching the Bahai Faith” is not a crime

Filed under: Bahai rights — Sen @ 13:40


Iran Press Watch, January 13, 2019. –

Branch 12 of the Alborz Province Review Court has dismissed the charges brought against Liza Tebyanian Enayati (لیزا تبیانیان ( عنایتی). The court found that teaching the Bahai Faith is not equivalent to “propaganda against the regime.” [Some hundreds of Iran’s Bahai population have served many years in prison on the suppositions that having a Bahai book or image in one’s home is equivalent to propaganda against the regime. ~ Sen] Ms. Tebyanian, a Bahai resident of Karaj in Alborz Province, was arrested by security officers on March 16, 2017. Six security officers entered her home with a warrant, and after searching it and confiscating her personal property, including religious and non-religious books; laptops and so forth, arrested her. In August 2018, a lower court sentenced her to 7 months imprisonment for propaganda against the regime. Her sentencing was not previously reported on Sen’s Daily.

Part of the verdict issued by Branch 12 of the Alborz Province Review Court, headed by Judge Ali Badri (قاضی علی بدری), states: “The propagation of the Bahaism does not constitute propaganda against the regime. Basically, in the law, belief in Bahai Faith has not been criminalized so as to be able to prosecute or punish anyone under this charge…”

Another part of the proceedings states: “Basically religious propagation, which is not considered to be against the system of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its sovereignty, is not considered a crime; [considering it a crime] is contrary to the Constitutional rights of citizenship.”

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January 8, 2019

Bahai student expelled in Shahryar

HRANA, January 7, 2019. –

On January 5, Sama Nazifi (سما نظیفی), a student of architecture at the Shahryar campus of the Azad University, was expelled because of her Bahai beliefs. In the previous year, she had earned a commendation from the University. Although Bahais are generally excluded from tertiary education in Iran, individuals sometimes succeed in enrolling and gaining some higher education, until information and pressure from the Ministry of Intelligence causes the University to expel them.

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January 6, 2019

22 Bahai-run businesses to reopen in Urmia, after 18-month struggle

HRANA, January 5, 2019. –

The West Azerbaijan Provincial authorities have given permission for the re-opening to 22 Bahai-run businesses in Urmia (Urumiyyeh), closed by the local authorities 18 months ago. The businesses were closed by local authorities because they closed for business on Bahai Holy Days. There are nine days each year that Bahais take free from work (with logical exceptions). The law in Iran allows any business to shut for up to 15 days each year, without special permission from the authorities, but the Bahais are apparently being denied this normal right, as they are denied many other civil rights. The owners of these businesses pursued numerous channels with various government bodies, but only the local government’s Office of Public Places has responded, saying that they would not be allowed to reopen unless they signed a pledge not to close on the Bahai Holy Days. The owners rejected this as legally invalid and discriminatory. They took a case to the Supreme Administrative Court, which rejected the case without a hearing. The court’s decision was announced on August 16, 2018, one year after the closures. The businesses are largely retail and repair shops.

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Four arrests in Isfahan (updated)

HRANA, January 5, 2019. –

On January five, security forces arrested four Bahai men in Isfahan. Manuchehr Rahmaani (منوچهر رحمانی), Farzaad Hamaayuni ( فرزاد همایونی) and Sohraab Naqipur (سهراب نقی پور) were arrested early in the morning, and Mohsen Mehrgaani (محسن مهرگانی) some hours later. Their place of detention and the reasons for the arrests are not known.

It is likely that all four were free on bail, due to arrests in 2017. Mr. Mehrgaani and Mr. Rahmaani were previously arrested on January 24, 2017, and I have reported that Mr. Mehrgaani was freed on bail on May 16 that year. Mr. Hamaayuni and Sohraab Naqipur were among five Bahais arrested in Isfahan on March 28, 2017: their release on bail and that of Mr. Rahmaani has not been reported here, but if they had not been bailed their long detention would have been reported.

UPDATE : Iran Press Watch, translating HRANA, confirms that the four were arrested to begin serving their sentences. Mr. Naqipur has been sentenced to five years in prison, and the other three to 20 months each. They were sentenced in November, 2018, but their trial and sentencing has not previously been reported on Sen’s Daily.

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January 3, 2019

`Ali Ahmadi bailed in Qaemshahr


Campaign for Prisoners of Conscience, January 2, 2019. –

Mr. `Ali Ahmadi (علی احمدی), a Bahai from Qaemshahr, was freed on bail on January 2, after posting bail of 150 million tumans (31,000 euros ; $US 35,000). He was arrested on November 20, 2018, by agents who insulting his religious beliefs and calling him “unclean” and “Bahai dog.” They also seized some religious books mobile phone and computer. He is charged with “propaganda against the regime.” This is the fifth time he has been arrested in the past ten years: On the first occasion he was sentenced to 10 months in prison, and on the second occasion he was acquitted. In 2011 he was arrested with two others and charged with participation in Bahai activities.

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January 2, 2019

Sentences confirmed for eight Bahais from Baharestan


Iran International, January 2, 2019. –

The Review Court for Isfahan Province has confirmed six-year sentences of Afshin Bolbolaan (افشین بلبلان), Sahaam Armin (سهام آرمین), Milaad Daavardaan (میلاد داوردان), Farhaang Sahba (فرهنگ صهبا) and Anush Raayneh (انوش راینه) and four-year sentences for Bahaareh Dhini-Sobhaaniaan (بهاره ذینی صبحانیان), Fuzhaan Rashidi (فوژان رشیدی) and Sepideh Rouhani (سپیده روحانی) have been given four-year sentences. A ninth Bahai sentenced in the same case, `Ali Thani (علی ثانی), received a five year sentence (plus one year concurrently on another charge), but he is not mentioned in this announcement from the Review Court. The nine Bahais were arrested Baharestan, near Isfahan, on September 23rd, 2018, by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence.

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Six Bahais in Sistan and Baluchistan sentenced to 6 months, not 3 years


Radio Farhang, January 1, 2019. –

The court of review for the Province of Sistan and Baluchistan has reduced the 3-year prison sentences for six Bahais to six months each. They were initially charged with acting against national security through membership of an illegal organisation, but this has been changed to “propaganda against the regime.” They are (left to right in the photo): Bahaadar Kaamju (بهادر کامجو) from Chabahar (whose optician’s shop was closed in January 2018), Manouchihr Barqi (منوچهر بارقی) from Chabahar, Fahimeyyeh As-haq Nurabadi (فهیمه اسحاق نور آبادی) from Chabahar, whose name is reported as Fahemiyyeh As-haqi (فهمیه اسحاقی), Bijan Eslami-Mahdiabadi (بیژن اسلامی مهدی آبادی) of Khash, Ali Anvari (علی انوری) from Iranshahr and Houshang Mokhtari (هوشنگ مختاری) from Saravan.

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December 24, 2018

Graduate denied his diploma

Filed under: Bahai rights,Educational discrimination — Sen @ 21:46


HRANA, December 23, 2018. –

Three months ago, Behrouz Farzandi (بهروز فرزندی), a Bahai from Shiraz, completed a graduate degree in business studies at the Payam-e Nour university, but has not been issued his diploma because of his religious beliefs. Mr. Farzandi is a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war and spent two years in a prisoner of war camp. He has a 25% disability because of his war injuries. The University has claimed that it has lost his file, but it the “security office” (an on-campus branch of the Ministry of Intelligence) that is handling the case. He has had contact with the security office and the head of security has told him “we will call you,” but after three months he is still in limbo. He has completed all the degree requirements: he needs only a single signature from a university official. During his studies he was harassed several times, with diverse excuses, summoned to the security office and threatened with expulsion. His Bahai identity must have been known to the security office when he enrolled, since in August 2014 his family was in the national news when the administration at the government-run Martyr Khonsari secondary school in Shiraz refused to enroll his children, because the family are Bahais. This was in contravention of explicit legislation regarding civil rights, the right to education and the ban on investigating people’s religious beliefs. Moreover, Mr. Ardekani provided a copy of an official letter stating that Iran’s Supreme Leader has issued a fatwa stating the Bahai ex-prisoners of war and disabled veterans are entitled to the rights of other veterans and ex-POWs.

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December 21, 2018

Afif Na`imi is finally free

Filed under: Bahai rights — Sen @ 09:10

The photograph links to a report of his release published by the Bahai International Community


Editorial, December 21, 2018.

Numerous reports and photographs from the Bahais in the Tehran region attest that Afif Na`imi (عفیف نعیمی), one of the seven ‘Yaran’ (national facilitators for the Bahai community in Iran), has been released from Raja’i Shahr prison in Karaj at the end of a ten-year sentence. He is the last of the Yaran to be released, because during his sentence he was granted two medical furloughs of several months, and had several periods of hospitalisation. He suffers serious heart problems, blood clots, lymph node problems and acute swelling of the throat. On several occasions in recent years, he has been taken from prison for treatment, only to be returned to prison with the treatment incomplete. His health problems are described as “severe,” and the prison’s Medical Examiner determined that he was not fit for prison. His sentence was due to be fully served (i.e., without the usual early release provisions) on February 27, 2018, but the authorities decided he should serve another 10 months, apparently because his sentence was suspended on two occasions.

Background
The seven ‘Yaran’ served as national facilitators assisting the Bahais of Iran in their dealings with government organs until their arrest and imprisonment. They were appointed following the disappearance and execution of the elected leadership of the Bahais in Iran in 1980, and again in 1981. The elected leaders in many cities were also executed at that time, notably in Tehran, Tabriz, Yazd and Hamadan, where a total of 33 members of the local Bahai “Assemblies” were executed, in addition to the 18 members of two successive national “Assemblies” and two appointed “assistants.” In August 1983, the government declared the elected assemblies illegal. In accordance with the principle of obedience to government, the Bahais then dissolved all elected bodies. Nevertheless, seven former members of the national Assembly were arrested and executed. (see this Wikipedia article).

National and local facilitators were later appointed, principally because government bodies needed to have a Bahai representative to discuss necessary matters and to transmit government instructions to the Bahais, which were not publicised in the media. One of the most important tasks of the facilitators was to arrange for Bahai burials, as Bahais are often barred from burial in public cemeteries, and Bahai practice requires a coffin, which is not allowed in many public cemeteries.

On 5 March 2008, one of the Yaran, Mrs. Mahvash Sabet (مهوش ثابت) – a schoolteacher and mother of two – was arrested having been summoned to the Iranian city of Mashhad to discuss some matters regarding a Bahai burial. Two months later, on 14 May, the other six Yaran were arrested in raids of their homes. Mrs. Fariba Kamalabadi was one of these, the others being Jamaloddin Khanjani (جمال الدین خانجانی), Afif Na`imi (عفیف نعیمی), Sa`id Reza’i (سعید رضایی), Behrouz Tavakkoli (بهروز توکلی), and Vahid Tizfahm (وحید تیزفهم).

After twenty months in prison without charge, a trial began on January 12, 2010, under Judge Moqayesseh (قاضی مقیسه, also spelled محمد مقیسه‌ای). Throughout their long wait for justice, the seven had received barely one hour’s access to their legal counsel, and suffered appalling treatment and deprivations, including psychological and physical hardship. They were charged with spying for Israel, propaganda against the Islamic Republic, and the establishment of an illegal administration – charges that were all rejected completely and categorically by the defendants. According to the defence lawyer, the charge of spying for Israel was based only on the fact that the Bahai properties in Israel are tax exempt. However Bahai properties are tax exempt in almost every country, and Islamic holy sites in Israel are also tax exempt! The trial of the seven accused ended on 14 June 2010 after six brief sessions, characterized by their lack of due legal process.

The initial sentence of 20 years imprisonment for each of the defendants, met with outrage and condemnation throughout the world. One month later, the appeal court revoked three of the charges, including that of spying for Israel, and reduced their sentence to 10-year jail terms. In March 2011, the prisoners were informed that their original 20-year sentences were reinstated. In November, 2015, the 20-year sentences were again reduced to ten years. Despite repeated requests, neither the prisoners nor their attorneys have ever received official copies of the original verdict or the ruling on appeal.

December 18, 2018

Seven detainees bailed, in Karaj and Tabriz

Radio Farda, December 18, 2018. –

Mr. Parvan Ma`navi (پروان معنوی) and Mrs. Ilham Salmanzadeh (الهام سلمانزاده) have been released on bail on i Karaj, after two months in detention. Monika Alizaadeh (مونیکا علیزاده), Mrs. Shabnam Issakhaani ( شبنم عیسی‌خانی), Shahryaar Khodaapenaah (شهریار خداپناه), Kaambiz Mithaaqi (کامبیز میثاقی) and Khayrullah Bakhsi (خیرالله بخشی) have been bailed in Tabriz, after one month in detention.

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Yekta Fahandezh-Sa`adi sentenced to 10 years and seizure of assets


Iran Human Rights Monitor, December 16, 2018.

[Updated (2)] Yekta Fahandezh-Sa`adi (یکتا فهندژسعدی), a Bahai from Shiraz, has sentenced to ten years in prison on a charge of forming an illegal group and one year (concurrently) on a charge of propaganda against the regime. The verdict was issued in absentia by Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court of Shiraz. The judge has been named elsewhere as Judge Mohammad Mojtaba Rudijaani (قاضی محمد مجتبی رودیجانی). This is unlikely to be the same person as the prominent author on legal matters with the same name. Another report states that the judgement also orders the seizure of all her personal assets by the government. She has 20 days to appeal the sentence.

Miss Fahandezh-Sa`adi was one of fifteen Bahais arrested in Shiraz in 2010. She was expelled from the Shiraz Payam Noor University in 2012, for her religious beliefs. On February 3, 2012, she was again arrested by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence and spent 82 days in the Ministry of Intelligence’s Detention Facility 100 in Shiraz. She was released on bail and later charged with propaganda against the regime and undermining national security. She was given a five-year suspended sentence, but was later acquitted by the Court of Review.

However she was arrested again by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence on March 16, 2014. The agents searched her home and seized books, a laptop and personal effects. She was transferred to Detention Facility 100 in Shiraz, and was detained for two months. On June 16, 2016 she was again tried and sentenced by Judge Doctor Saadaati (دکتر ساداتی) to five years in prison on charges of “propaganda against the regime” and “collusion.” A month later, while waiting to begin serving this 5-year sentence, she was arrested again, and held for over 80 days in the Ministry of Intelligence’s detention facilities in Shiraz, before her release on bail on October 4. In December, 2016, the Court of Review in Shiraz reduced her 5-year sentence to two years in prison and a three-year suspended sentence. The Ministry of Intelligence was not satisfied, and has now obtained an eleven-year sentence from another revolutionary court in Shiraz.

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December 5, 2018

Sepideh Keshaavarz bailed in Tehran


HRANA, December 5, 2018. –

As previously reported, on November 20, the home of Mrs. Sepideh Keshaavarz (سپیده کشاورز) was searched, some books and electronic devices were seized, and she was arrested. She was detained in Evin Prison for interrogation, and was released on bail on December 4. Bail was set at 500 million tumans (105,000 euros ; $US 119,000).

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Ten Bahai-run businesses closed in Omidiyeh

HRANA, December 4, 2018. –

Ten Bahai-run business in Omidiyeh have had their doors sealed under a judicial order because they had closed for a Bahai religious observance. They are:

an electric motor winding workshop belonging to Sa`id Afshaar (سعید افشار) and Behman Afshaar (بهمن افشار), an electronics business run by Farhad Afshaar (فرهاد افشار), an aluminium workshop run by Mohammad Afshaar (محمد افشار), a washing machine repair shop run by Kamaal Afshaar (کمال افشاری), a motor tuning shop run by `Ali-Reza Afshaar (علیرضا افشار), a waterproofing service run by Shokrollah Azizi (شکرالله عزیزی), a refrigeration parts shop run by Mostafa Ebaadi (مصطفی عبادی), an MDF workshop run by Arsalaan Farzaaneh (ارسلان فرزانه), and a refrigeration service business run by Jahaan Behbehaani (جهان بهبهانی).

These closures mean that the total of recent closures in Khuzestan Province has reached 23. As previously reported, on November 15 the businesses of at least six Bahais in Khorramshahr were also sealed by order of the judicial authorities. Two were closed in Abadan, and five (not 10) were closed in Ahvaz, but allowed to reopen two weeks later.

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December 4, 2018

Shahrzaad Nazifi free on bail


HRANA, December 4, 2018. –

Shahrzaad Nazifi (شهرزاد نظیفی), a well-known champion and trainer in women’s motocross who was arrested by security forces on November 18, was freed on bail on December 3. She had been detained at Evin Prison in Tehran. Bail was set at 700 million tumans (147,000 euros ; $US 167,000 ). She was arrested on a motocross track, and taken to her home which was searched for about five hours. The agents seized books, mobile phones and laptops. They had already searched the house once, in a previous raid lasting several hours on November 10. Mrs. Nazifi, her husband Mehrshaad Naraaqi (مهرشاد نراقی) and their daughter Noura Naraaqi (نورا نراقی) are prominent in motocross sport in Iran, and women’s participation in particular.

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November 30, 2018

Amir Saalaar-Daavudi, human rights lawyer, arrested

Filed under: Human Rights in Iran — Sen @ 18:06
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Radio Zamaneh, November 29, 2018. –

Amir Saalaar-Daavudi (امیرسالار داوودی), a lawyer who has acted for many prisoners of conscience, was arrested on November 20, and there is still no information about him. Security agents searched his home and workplace and seized both personal effects and his files about legal cases. It is thought that he is being held in a section of Evin Prison that is directly controlled by the judiciary’s Intelligence Arm, which supervises the work of judges and court staff. Many lawyers who act in human rights cases in Iran have themselves been punished for their work.

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Mahvash `Adaalati bailed in Tehran

mahvash-edalati-300x191HRANA, November 29, 2018. –

Mrs Mahvash `Adaalati-Za’iri (مهوش عدالتی (زائری)) was released on bail in Tehran on November 29. Her home was searched for three hours on November 20, with the seizure of Bahai books and other personal effects, and she was summoned to Evin Prison for interrogation on November 26, and arrested after two hours of interrogation. Interrogations continued in the following days.

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November 29, 2018

Two arrests in Andisheh

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HRANA, November 28, 2018. –

On November 28, security forces arrested two Bahais in Andisheh, a “new city” development near Tehran and Karaj. Their names are given as Neda Shabaani (ندا شبانی (بیوک آقایی)) and Soroush Aagaahi (سروش آگاهی). It is not known where they are being detained.

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November 28, 2018

Five businesses reopen in Ahwaz

HRANA, November 27, 2018. –

On the morning of November 27, officials in Ahwaz allowed the reopening of five Bahai-run businesses that they closed down on November 12. It was previously reported that ten Bahai-run businesses in Ahwaz were closed on November 12, but the current report implies that all the businesses closed that day have now been allowed to reopen, and identifies five by name.

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November 27, 2018

Shaayaan Tafazoli begins a one-year sentence


HRANA, November 26, 2018. –

Shaayaan Tafazoli (شایان تفضلی) began his one-year sentence in Mashhad prison on November 26. He is one of four Bahais from Mashhad who were sentenced to one year in prison by Judge Soltani ( قاضی سلطانی) in February this year. They were arrested in were arrested on July 8, 2014, following a raid on a Bahai religious meeting. The other three detainees in that case are Dori Amri (دری امری), Saaqi Fedaa’i (ساقی فدایی) and her mother Mey Khalusi (می خلوصی). They were charged with propaganda against the regime. Shaayaan Tafazolli was also among the eight Bahais arrested in February 2012, in relation to a handcrafts exhibition organised by Bahai youth in Mashhad. The photograph dates from that time.

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November 24, 2018

Ninth Bahai sentenced in Baharestan

HRANA, November 22, 2018. –

Readers may have noticed that a November 23 summary of events in Iran, from the Bahai International Community, refers to nine Bahais being sentenced in Baharestan, while the post on Sen’s Daily mentioned only eight names. HRANA has identified the ninth Bahai as `Ali Thani (علی ثانی), whose arrest and trial were not previously noted on Sen’s Daily. He was sentenced to five years in prison for “participating in illegal Bahai activities” and one year in prison for propaganda against the regime in the form of teaching the Bahai Faith.
the court documents list him as “a Muslim who has been attracted to the Bahai Faith.” In addition to the six year sentence, he was sentenced to five years [concurrently] on a charge of selling cultural products. He was a seller of cultural products before being arrested. [Presumably, the Court considers that Bahais are banned from selling cultural products, so he should have abandoned his business when he became a Bahai ~ Sen].

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Home raid and summons in Tehran


HRANA, November 22, 2018. –

On November 20, security agents raided the home of Farid Ismaa`ili (فرید اسماعیلی), seizing mobile telephone, laptops and books and images relating to the Bahai Faith. They left a summons requiring him to report to Evin Prison in Tehran.

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One arrest in Qaemshahr


HRANA, November 22, 2018. –

On November 20, Mr. `Ali Ahmadi (علی احمدی) was arrested by seven agents from the security forces and taken to the solitary confinement section of Kashui prison in Sari. It is reported that he will be charged with “propaganda against the regime,” but at the time of the report he had not had any contact with his family. This is the fifth time he has been arrested in the past ten years: On the first occasion he was sentenced to 10 months in prison, and on the second occasion he was acquitted. In 2011 he was arrested with two others and charged with participation in Bahai activities. One report says that he is also known as Cheragh-`Ali (چراغعلی) Ahmadi. Another states that he is 60 years old.
Update: another report states that eight Ministry of Intelligence agents arrested, insulting his religious beliefs and calling him “unclean” and “Bahai dog.” At the hearing next day, where he was charged with “propaganda against the regime,” his wife asked for the ground for this and was told that he had scriptures in his house (i.e., Bahai books). Bahai books were seized during the raid. When she said that having holy books was not a crime, she was told that they (the court) would decide what was a crime ! To the time of this updated report (December 21) he is still in solitary confinement for interrogation and has been allowed three telephone calls. He is 60 years old and works as a rice trader.

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Two arrests and a summons in Tehran

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HRANA, November 21, 2018. –

HRANA is reporting three apparently unrelated cases relating to Bahais in Tehran. The first concerns Mrs Mahvash `Adaalati-Za’iri (مهوش عدالتی (زائری)), whose home was searched for three hours on November 20. The security agents seized some Bahai books and other personal effects, and issued a summons to attend for interrogation, on an unspecified date. Also on November 20, the home of Mrs. Sepideh Keshaavarz (سپیده کشاورز) was searched, some books and electronic devices were seized, and she was arrested: her whereabouts are unknown. On November 18, security forces arrested Shahrzaad Nazifi (شهرزاد نظیفی), a well-known sportswoman and trainer in women’s motorcross.

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November 23, 2018

Three Bahais arrested, bailed in Isfahan


HRANA, November 19, 2018. –

Three Bahais from Isfahan, Farid Amini (فرید امینی), Nasrin Khwaajeh (“نسرین خواجه) and Mozhgaan Khoushhaal (مژگان خوشحال), were arrested along with 15 other persons attending a health class on November 15. They were released on bail on November 19. The other 15 persons arrested were apparently not Bahais. The report does not say anything about them, but they would presumably have been released when the authorities discovered they were not Bahais.

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