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November 24, 2017

Parivash Shoja`i granted conditional release in Gorgan


HRANA, November 22, 2017.

Parivash Shoja`i ( پریوش شجاعی ) has been granted a conditional release from Amir Abad prison in Gorgan after serving one third of her sentence of one year and nine months. She began her sentence on July 3, 2017. She had originally been sentenced to nine years in prison for collaborating with hostile governments, effective activities to promote the goals of a sect and of anti-Islamic and anti-Shiah hostile governments, and with making propaganda in favour of the Bahai Faith and against the regime of the Islamic Republic, by participating in the ‘Ruhi program’ (Bahai catechism class) in Golestan Province. This sentence was reduced by the court of review to 21 months. In recent weeks 11 other Bahai prisoners in Golestan Province, most of them in Amir Abad prison, have been granted early conditional release. They are among 22 Bahais of Golestan Province who were first arrested on October 17, 2012.

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Four detainees bailed in Birjand


HRANA, November 20, 2017.

Four more recent Bahai detainees have been freed on bail in Birjand. They are Sohrab Malaki (سهراب ملاكی), Sheyda `Abadi (شيدا عابدی), Maryam Mokhtari (مريم مختاری) and Simin Mohammadi (سيمين محمدی ). Bail was set at 50 million tumans (36,000 euros ; $US 42,000).

Khalil Malaki (خليل ملاكی), Bahnam Salehi (بهمن صالحی) and Saghir Mohammadi (ساغر محمدی) were released on bail a few days earlier. Firooz Ahmadi (فيروز احمدی) and Bijan Ahmadi (بيژن احمدی), arrested at the same time, remain in detention.

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Foad and Payman Yazdani granted conditional release in Rasht

HRANA, November 21, 2017.

On November 17, Foad Yazdani (فواد یزدانی) and his son Peyman Yazdani (پیمان یزدانی) were released from Lakan Prison in Rasht after serving three months of their 2-year prison terms. Their release is conditional.

They were accused of “participating in a propaganda campaign against the regime.” They were among four Bahais and three non-Bahais arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence on May 26, 2015, in a campaign to stop the Shiah population doing business with Bahais. The non-Bahais were charged with “having links with Bahais.” In January and February 2015, over 20 Muslim residents of Rasht were summoned and threatened by the Ministry of Intelligence because of their relationships with Bahais. Those summoned were subjected to insults, humiliation and threats, and told that they are not allowed to associate or have any business dealings with Bahais. The Ministry of Intelligence also sought to obtain baseless statements from these people regarding the activities of the Bahais. The Bahais who were arrested had repair businesses and had customers who were not Bahais.

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November 23, 2017

Afif Na`imi again released for medical treatment

HRANA, November 20, 2017.

Afif Na`imi (عفیف نعیمی), one of the seven imprisoned ‘Yaran’ (national facilitators for the Bahai community in Iran), who is in the tenth year of his 10-year sentence, suffers serious health problems and has suffered from the lack of adequate medical care in prison. In the past month he has again been given prison furlough from Raja’i Shahr prison, near Tehran, for medical treatment relating to a heart condition. He was released in late October, on the basis of an opinion issued by the prison medical committee and with the agreement of the Public Prosecutor. An initial 15-day leave was extended by another 15 days because he was not fit for prison,and an evident need for treatment. In addition to his heart problems, he suffers from blood clots, lymph node problems and acute swelling of the throat.

On several occasions in recent years, he has been taken from prison to a heart disease hospital in Tehran 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 has determined that he is not fit for prison because of his failing health. In 2016 he was granted a furlough for medical treatment which eventually extended to five months, returning to Rajai Shahr prison on January 28 this year.

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November 19, 2017

Three detainees bailed in Birjand


HRANA, November 18, 2017.

Khalil Malaki (خليل ملاكی), Bahnam Salehi (بهمن صالحی) and Saghir Mohammadi (ساغر محمدی) have been released on bail of 150 million tumans (36,000 euros ; $US 42,000). They were among nine Bahais who were arrested in raids of 15 Bahai homes on the morning of October 21. During the searches, officials seized mobile phones, laptops, and images and books relating to the Bahai Faith. Another Bahai, Shayda Abedi (شیدا عابدی), was arrested in Birjand on October 29.

Although the nine Bahais were arrested on a Bahai Holy day (marking the Birth of the Bab), it appears from the fact that many homes were raided that the Bahais had not gathered to celebrate the day, but were remembering the occasion separately in their homes.

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November 18, 2017

Three-year sentences for six Bahais in Sistan and Baluchestan Province

HRANA, November 18, 2017.

Bench 3 of the Revolutionary Tribunal in Zahedan has handed down three-year sentences to six Bahais from three cities in the province of Sistan and Baluchistan. All six are among the many Bahais whose businesses have been shut down by the authorities because they practise the Bahai Faith. The trial was held some time ago, and was announced on November 16 by Bench 3 of the Tribunal, led by Judge Muhammad-Reza Sardi (قاضی محمدرضا صردی ). The Revolutionary Tribunals, in which Bahais are usually tried, are a parallel system to the criminal courts in Iran. Trials before a Revolutionary Tribunal are closed to the public and provide summary justice, generally without a defense attorney.

The six Bahais, accused of membership of the “deviant sect,” are: Houshang Mokhtari (هوشنگ مختاری) of Saravan, Bijan Eslami-Mahdiabadi (بیژن اسلامی مهدی آبادی) of Khash, Ali-Muhammad Anvari-Aliabadi (علی محمد اَنوری علی آبادی) and three Bahais from Chabahar: Bahadar Kamuu (بهادر کامجو), Roushan Barqi (روشن بارقی) and Fahimeyyeh As-haq Nurabadi (فهیمه اسحاق نور آبادی), whose name was previously reported here as Fahemiyyeh Ashaqi (فهمیه اسحاقی). All six were arrested in early May, 2017, and interrogated by the Ministry of Intelligence. They were charged with undermining national security by membership of the Bahai community, but in the court’s ruling the charge was “membership of the deviant sect.” All six have denied undermining national security, and say they are persecuted simply because of their religious beliefs.

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November 16, 2017

One arrest in Kermanshah


Iran Press Watch, November 16, 2017.

According to the “No to persecution and imprisonment of the Baha’i compatriots Campaign,” Peyman Qiami (پیمان قیامی), a resident of Kermanshah, has again been arrested in connection with his Bahai beliefs. He was arrested by the judicial authorities when he responded to a summons to the Prosecutor’s office. This report suggests that another unnamed Bahai has also been summoned or arrested with Mr. Qiami.

On October 18, 2017, nine Bahais were arrested in Kermanshah, and later bailed (see this report) but Peyman Qiami was not named among this group. His name has been reported elsewhere as Peyan Qavami (پیان قوامی)
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Hassan Momtazi begins a 5-year sentence for educational activities

HRANA, November 15, 2017.

Hassan Momtazi (حسن ممتازی), a teacher for the Bahai Open University (BIHE), has been arrested in his mother’s home in Shiraz. He was first arrested in 2011. He was one of ten Bahais associated with the BIHE who were tried in Tehran on March 12, 2013. His sentence was handed down by Judge Maqiseh (قاضی مقیسه) on February 25, 2014, and confirmed by the review court. It is thought that he will be taken to Evin Prison to begin his sentence.

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November 15, 2017

One arrest in Rasht, one released on bail

HRANA, November 13, 2017.

On November 11, Mrs Nadia Adadeyan (نادیا اسدیان) was summoned to the offices of the Ministry of Intelligence and arrested. Her husband Siamak Pour-Abdolhamidi (سیامک پورعبدالحمیدی) was arrested in Rasht on October 24 and is still being held. She has been taken to Lakan prison, where her husband and at least two other Bahais are being detained. The other known Bahai detainees are Navideh Bakhshi (نویده بخشی) and Kevan Pezeshki (کیوان پزشکی). Mrs. Nazila Khanipour-Machiani (نازیلا خانی پور ماچیانی), also arrested, was released on bail on November 13, according to the HRANA report, or November 12, according to a family source.

The latest wave of pressure on the Bahais of Rasht began on September 11, when agents from the Ministry of Intelligence conducted a series of orchestrated searches of at least eleven Bahai homes and two non-Bahai homes in Rasht, Rezvan-Shahr, Pareh Sar, and Manjil, all cities in Iran’s Gilan Province. A number of Bahais are reported to have been arrested at the time and released soon after.

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November 12, 2017

Mojdeh Zohori free in Gorgan


HRANA, November 11, 2017.

Mojdeh Zohori-Fahandezh (مژده ظهوری (فهندژ)) has been granted a conditional release from Amir Abad prison in Gorgan after serving one third of her sentence of 21 months. Her husband Farhad Fahandezh (فرهاد فهندژ) remains in prison. As previously reported, on October 14 five Bahai prisoners in Gorgan and one in Gonbad were released early under the same provision, and four others were released a few days prior to that. All eleven of those granted early release were among 22 Bahais of Golestan Province who were first arrested on October 17, 2012.

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November 8, 2017

Three Bahai students who sought justice sent to prison


HRANA, November 8, 2017.

Mr. Sarmad Shadabi (سرمد شادابی), Tara Houshmand (تارا هوشمند) and Rouhiyyeh Safajou (روحیه صفاجو), aged 22, 21 and 21 respectively, have each been sentenced to five years in prison by the notorious human rights violator Judge Moqiseh (قاضی مقیسه). All three are students barred from tertiary education because of their Bahai beliefs, who pursued their constitutional rights to equal treatment through various legal means. They were arrested in Tehran on March 8, 2016.

Tara Houshmand was arrested by security agents in her home in Tehran, which was searched. She was one of a group of Bahais excluded from education who responded to a claim made in 2014, by Mohammad Javad Larijani, Head of the Human Rights Council of the Judiciary, that Iranian authorities do not discriminate against Bahais, and challenging the Bahais excluded from education to send documentation. The Bahai students took their documentation to the authorities as requested, thus exposing Mr. Larijani’s lie. The story is detailed here.

Mr. Sarmad Shadabi was arrested at the Roudehen campus of the Islamic Free University, near Tehran. He was a signatory of a letter about the breaches of Bahais’ civil rights, written to a Parliamentary Commission on Human Rights. An interview with him, about his expulsion from University, was cited on the BBC Persian service.

Rouhiyyeh Safajou was arrested by 8 security agents posing as workers from the gas supply company who entered her home. She was one of a group of Bahai students excluded from tertiary education who met with Ali Reza Mahjoub (علی‌رضا محجوب), a reformist Member of Parliament, to argue for the right of education. The meeting was reported on this blog in September 2014. Mr. Mahjoub called the students terrorists and gunmen and expelled them from his office.

The three were summoned to appear in court six times, but court sittings were held on only two occasions. In the first sitting, Judge Moqiseh was absent and another Judge took his place. This Judge heard the accusations and defence, and issued a summons to the Prosecutor’s Office dealing with the defendants’ case to come to court and explain why they had been arrested [since they had not broken any law ~ sen]. However at the next sitting, on September 26 this year, Judge Moqiseh was present, as were the defendants and their lawyer. No representative from the Prosecutor’s office was present to explain why the defendants had been arrested. Judge Moqiseh reserved his judgement, and now, five weeks later, has announced the sentences of five years each on charges of undermining state security in the form of membership of the Bahai sect. The ruling contained no mention of the defence that had been presented, as if the defendants and their lawyer had not attended the court at all.

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Bahai-run computer repair shop closed in Karaj

HRANA, November 6, 2017.

A computer repair workshop in Karaj, run by Ramtin Ziba’i (رامتین زیبایی), has been closed down by the authorities, who claimed this was part of the drive against the black market in smuggled goods. It appears likely that the real reason is that Mr. Ziba’i is a Bahai, since it workshop does not sell products, he sells his labour and expertise in repairing computers.

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November 7, 2017

Dozens of businesses shut down in Sistan and Baluchistan region

HRANA, November 6, 2017.

A large number of Bahai-run businesses in the Province of Sistan and Baluchistan have had their premises sealed by the authorities because their owners closed them during the recent “Twin Holy Days,” the annual commemoration of the births of the Bab and Baha’u’llah. The closures are said to have taken place “today” (i.e., November 6), in the cities of Zahedan, Zabol, Chabahar, and Iranshahr, and to have affected about thirty businesses.

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November 6, 2017

Another arrest in Rasht

HRANA, October 30, 2017.

Siamak Pour-Abdolhamidi (سیامک پورعبدالحمیدی) was arrested in Rasht on October 24, but his arrest was not previously reported here. He is being held in Lakan prison in Rasht. His home was one of those searched on September 11, when agents from the Ministry of Intelligence with search orders from the Prosecutor’s Office conducted a series of orchestrated searches of at least eleven Bahai homes and two non-Bahai homes in Rasht, Rezvan-Shahr, Pareh Sar, and Manjil, all cities in Iran’s Gilan Province.

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November 5, 2017

Summary of recent closures of Bahai businesses

Payam News (Facebook), October 25, 2017.

At least 21 Bahai-run businesses in Mahshahr (Khuzestan Province) have been closed down by the authorities because they were closed on a Bahai Holy Day. It is notable that sixteen of these businesses were run by members of the Afshar family. The businesses included an aluminum door and window supplier, a shop for locks and door fittings, a hardware shop, a drapery and a clothing store, two electric appliance shops, a TV showroom, two shops selling car parts and accessories, a workshop manufacturing goods from MDF wood and a supplier of ventilation equipment. An informed source said that only two Bahai-owned businesses in the city have continued to operate.

Another 28 Bahai-run businesses have been shut down in Shiraz, Gonbad-e-Kavus and Gorgan, along with 40 in the Province of Golestan.

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Two new arrests in Rasht

HRANA, November 3, 2017.

On October 31, Navid Bakhshi (نویده بخشی) and Kevan Pezeshki (کیوان پزشکی) were summoned to the offices of the Ministry of Intelligence in Rasht, where they faced an initial interrogation before being arrested and taken to an unknown place. As of November 3, their families still did not know where they are being held or why.

On September 11, agents from the Ministry of Intelligence with search orders from the Prosecutor’s Office conducted a series of orchestrated searches of at least eleven Bahai homes and two non-Bahai homes in Rasht, Rezvan-Shahr, Pareh Sar, and Manjil, all cities in Iran’s Gilan Province. Agents seized personal items such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops, memory cards, desktop computers and religious books, paintings and photographs of Bahai religious figures. Tow of the homes searched at that time belonged to Navid Bakhshi and Keyvan Pezeshki, who have now been arrested.

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Eight more detainees bailed in Kermanshah


HRANA, November 4, 2017.

Following the release of Sepideh Ahrary (سپیده احراری), on October 18, her eight fellow detainees have also been bailed. Mrs. Ahrary, who is pregnant, was released on bail of 100 million tumans (31,000 euros, $US 33,000). The report does not specify the amount of bail for the remaining eight — Azzatollah Shahidi (عزت الله شهیدی), Feruzan Amini (فروزان امینی), Kambiz Moradipour (کامبیز مرادی پور), Amrullah Eslami (امرالله اسلامی), Nematullah Shadabi (نعمت الله شادابی), Sino Rasouli (سینو رسولی) and Amir Kadivar ( امیر کدیور). They were arrested in home raids on the morning of October 18, and detained at the offices of the Ministry of Intelligence. These and other recent arrests in Iran apparently relate to Bahais commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the Iranian who founded the Bahai community, but since these nine were arrested in raids on multiple houses, it appears that they were simply remembering this historic event in private in their own homes.

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November 3, 2017

Yekta Fahandezh-Sa`adi summoned yet again


Payam News, October 28, 2017.

Yekta Fahandezh-Sa`adi (یکتافهندژسعدی), a Bahai from Shiraz, has again been summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence Detention Facility 100 in Shiraz.

Miss Fahandezh-Sa`adi was one of fifteen Bahais arrested in Shiraz in 2010. On February 3, 2012, she was again arrested by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence and spent 82 days in Detention Facility 100. 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 — a most unusual event — 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 and was detained for two months. On June 16, 2016 she was again tried and sentenced by Judge Doctor Sadati (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. On March 19 this year she was taken to Adel Abad prison to begin serving this 2-year sentence, but according to the latest report she was released on furlough (not previously reported to my knowledge), and now has been summoned for interrogation on unspecified new charges.

[ It would appear that there is a tussle going on between factions of the governing apparatus. The Ministry of Intelligence in Shiraz, disturbed by her unusual acquittal, seems determined to show who is in charge by detaining her repeatedly ~ Sen ]

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Two arrests in Tehran, one free on bail in Kermanshah


Payam News, October 28, 2017.

On the evening of October 26, Negin Tadrisi (نگین تدریسی) and Sufeya Mobini (سوفیا مبینی), two Bahais living in Tehran, were arrested in Ms. Mobini’s home by security agents. The home was searched, and they were then taken along as the agents went to Ms. Tadrisi’s home and searched that. The agents seized laptops, mobile phones, books and photographs. They two detainees were taken to Evin Prison, where Ms. Tadrisi was allowed to make a phone call on the following day, to inform their families.

Sepideh Ahrary (سپیده احراری), one of nine Bahais arrested in Kermanshah on October 18, has been released on bail. She is pregnant. Bail was set at 100 million tumans (31,000 euros, $US 33,000).

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November 2, 2017

One arrest in Birjand


Iran Press Watch, October 31, 2017.

On October 29, at 7:00 a.m., Shayda Abedi (شیدا عابدی), a 26-year-old Bahai residing in Birjand in Iran’s Southern Khorasan Province, was arrested by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence. So far, the reason for her arrest and where she has been transferred has not been communicated to her family. Following her arrest, authorities also searched her home.

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November 1, 2017

Fariba Kamalabadi released after 10 years in prison


Payam News, October 31, 2017.

Fariba Kamalabadi (فریبا کمال آبادی ) one of the seven “Yaran” (National facilitators for the Iranian Bahai community) has been released at the end of her ten-year prison sentence. The seven “Yaran” were arrested in 2008 and sentenced to 20 years in prison each in 2010 for “espionage,” “propaganda against the state,” and “organizing and expanding an illegal group.” The trials were held in a “revolutionary court” (i.e., not in a criminal court) chaired by the notorious human rights violator Judge Moqiseh (قاضی مقیسه). Eight and a half years into their sentences, they were reduced to ten years. Shortly after that, Fariba Kamalabadi was granted a five-day leave from Tehran’s Evin Prison following the birth of her grandchild. There was an uproar in the government-controlled media when a one-time fellow prisoner, Faezeh Hashemi visited Kamalabadi at her home. Mrs. Kamalabadi was initially detained in Evin Prison in Tehran. On July 29, 2010, all the Yaran were transferred to Raja’i Shahr prison (Gohar Dasht prison), about 50 kilometers West of Tehran. On May 6, 2011, when the women’s block at Raja’i Shahr was closed, she and Mahvash Sabet were transferred to Gharchak Varamin prison, 40km south of Tehran, where conditions are particularly inhumane. Two weeks later she was again transferred to Evin Prison, where she remained until yesterday.

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October 25, 2017

One arrest in Tehran; homes searched in Tabriz and Kerman


Payam News, October 25, 2017.

On October 19, Parisa Sadeqi ( پریسا صادقی) was arrested in her home in Tehran by 20 agents from the Ministry of Intelligence (at least 15 male and 5 female agents). There was a gathering at her home, and the agents took written statements from all the guests, but treated them politely.

Eight Bahai homes in Kerman have been thoroughly searched in recent days. Agents seized documents and personal effects and warned some of the Bahais not to leave the city until they are summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence. They were told they had no right to have any meetings, and homes where a meeting took place would be sealed. [In the past, officials had allowed meetings in Bahai homes of a small number of acquaintances ~ Sen]

Officers from the Ministry of Intelligence also searched six Bahai homes in Tabriz, seizing books and communications devices, and issuing summons to two Bahais.

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Afshin Heiratiyan arrested again


Payam News, October 23, 2017.

Afshin Heiratiyan (افشین حیرتیان), a Bahai children’s rights activist, was arrested on October 20. Security agents in plain clothes, without documentation, came to his house and searched it, seizing his personal effects and communication devices. It is believed he has been taken to Evin Prison in Tehran. The reason for his arrest is not known, but in recent weeks some 20 Bahais have been arrested in Kermanshah, Birjand and Rasht.

Mr. Heiratiyan has previously served a 4-year term in Raja’i Shahr prison, near Tehran. Mr. Heiratiyan wrote and published various articles about child labour and World Children’s Rights Day. He was arrested on June 3, 2010, and charged with propaganda against the regime. He began his prison term in Evin prison in Tehran on August 20, 2011. While he was in Evin prison, he was pressured to provide a televised “confession.” He was released on June 16, 2015.

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October 24, 2017

Kamran Shahidi free on bail in Tehran


Payam News (Facebook), October 20, 2017.

Kamran Shahidi (کامران شهیدی), a Bahai from Karaj, was released on bail from Evin Prison in Tehran on October 18. Bail was set at 500 million tumans (123,00 euros ; $US 145,000). He was held in solitary confinement for 21 days and interrogated closely. Mr. Shahidi was arrested by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence on September 25. His business, as a gold trader, was also shut down, and its entire holdings of gold — about 2 kilograms — were seized, along with some currency. They have not been returned to him. The arresting agents also went to the home of his sister and daughter and seized all the gold, along with books and pictures relating to the Bahai Faith.

Azzatollah Shahidi (عزت الله شهیدی), who was arrested in Kermanshah on October 18, is the brother of Kamran Shahidi.

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Three Bahai prisoners released after five years


Payam News (Facebook), October 22, 2017.

On October 21, Fu’ad Fahandezh (فواد فهندژ), Payam Markazi (پیام مرکزی) and Siamak Sadri (سیامک صدری) were released from Raja’i Shahr prison at the end of five-year sentences. All three are Bahais from Gorgan. As previously reported, Kourush Ziari (کوروش زیاری), from Gonbad-e Qabus, was released on October 19, while Fahrmand Sana’i ( فرهمند ثنایی) and Kamal Kashani (کمال کاشانی ), from Gorgan, were released on September 20, also at the end of 5-year sentences. All were charged with propaganda against the regime, collaborating with hostile governments and and membership of the secret Bahai organisation.

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14 Bahai-run businesses closed in Shiraz Province

Payam News, October 22, 2017.

Fourteen Bahai-run businesses in the cities of Shiraz, Gonbad-e Qabus, and Gorgan have been closed by the authorities. Five were closed in the Shiraz, eight in Gonbad-e Qabus, and one in Gorgan. The office of public places has claimed they had no business licences: the Bahai owners have responded by posting photographs of their business licences, bearing the yellow stamp from the office of public places.

The business owners in Shiraz are Riazullah Khadem (ریاض اله خادم), Isma`il Foruzan (اسماعیل فروزان), Farshad Farzandi (فرشاد فرزندی), Varjavand Mostaqim (ورجاوند مستقیم) and Mostafa Sha`erzadeh (مصطفی شاعرزاده). In Gonbade-e Qabus the owners are Koroush Ziari (کوروش زیاری), owner of two sealed businesses, along with Mrs. Hamideh Ziari (حمیده زیاری), Iraj Roshani (ایرج روشنی), Houman Ta’ef (هومن طائف), Sassan Sabeti (ساسان ثابتی), Shahram Tahdhib (شهرام تهذیب) and Farhad Fana’ayan (فرهاد فنائیان). The Guild authorities in Gonbad had issued a warning that shops should be kept open on last Saturday and Sunday, which were Bahai Holy Days which Bahais take free from work, where possible. The Bahai-run business that was closed in Gorgan was an optometry supplies shop run by Mehran Khalkhali (مهران خلخلی ).

In recent days, at least 40 Bahai businesses in Golestan were warned that they face closure if they take the Bahai Holy Days free.

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Nine arrests in Birjand

Payam News, October 22, 2017.

On the morning of October 21, security forces raided 15 Bahai homes in Birjand and arrested nine Bahai. Those arrested were Bahnam Salehi (بهمن صالحی), Khalil Malaki (خليل ملاكی), Sohrab Malaki (سهراب ملاكی), Saghir Mohammadi (ساغر محمدی), Simin Mohammadi (سيمين محمدی ), Maryam Mokhtari (مريم مختاری), Bijan Ahmadi (بيژن احمدی), Firooz Ahmadi (فيروز احمدی) and Sheyda `Abadi (شيدا عابدی) (aged 26). During the searches, officials seized mobile phones, laptops, and images and books relating to the Bahai Faith.

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October 20, 2017

Kourush Ziari released after 5 years without furlough


Payam News (Facebook), October 20, 2017.

Kourush Ziari (کوروش زیاری), a Bahai from Gonbad-e Qabus in North-eastern Iran, was released on October 19 at the end of a 5-year sentence, most of which he served in Raja’i Shahr prison near Tehran. He was arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence in Gonbad-e Qabus on October 17, 2012, and interrogated at the Ministry of Intelligence interrogation centres in Gorgan and then in Gonbad. In the company of six other Bahai prisoners in Gorgan, he was transferred to Evin Prison in Tehran and finally to Raja’i Shahr prison, on December 22, 2012. All seven were charged with propaganda against regime, collaborating with hostile governments and and membership of the secret Bahai organisation. He never received any prison furlough, despite being imprisoned far from his home. In July, 2015, he was taken to a hospital for treatment required because an injury he had at the time of his arrest had been left untreated, leading to diverse ailments. Two other Bahai men in this group, Fahrmand Sana’i ( فرهمند ثنایی) and Kamal Kashani (کمال کاشانی ), from Gorgan, were released on September 20.

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October 19, 2017

Nine arrests in Kermanshah

Payam News (Facebook), October 19, 2017.

On the morning of October 18, security forces raided the homes of nine Bahais living in Kermanshah, which they searched thoroughly. They arrested nine Bahais: Azzatollah Shahidi (عزت الله شهیدی), Feruzan Amini (فروزان امینی), Kambiz Moradipour (کامبیز مرادی پور), Sepideh Ahrary (سپیده احراری), Amrullah Eslami (امرالله اسلامی), Nematullah Shadabi (نعمت الله شادابی), Sino Rasouli (سینو رسولی) and Amir Kadivar ( امیر کدیور). It is thought that they are being detained at the offices of the Ministry of Intelligence. Sepideh Ahrary is pregnant. Most of those detailed have been arrested previously (according to this report ~Sen). Azzatollah Shahidi and Feruzan Amini are the father and mother of Iqan Shahidi (ایقان شهیدی), a Bahai from Kermanshah, was released from Raja’i Shahr prison on January 1, 2017, at the end of a five-year sentence for his activism for equality of educational opportunities in Iran.

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October 17, 2017

One new arrest in Rasht, Gilan Province

Payam News (Facebook), October 17, 2017.

Nazila Khanipour-Machiani (نازیلا خانی پور ماچیانی), a Bahai resident of Rasht, has been arrested on the order of the Prosecutor’s Office, and taken to an unknown place. The reason for her arrest is not known.

On September 11, agents from the Ministry of Intelligence with search orders from the Prosecutor’s Office conducted a series of orchestrated searches of at least eleven Bahai homes and two non-Bahai homes in Rasht, Rezvan-Shahr, Pareh Sar, and Manjil, all cities in Iran’s Gilan Province. Some Bahais were arrested, and released on bail a few days later. The present arrest is thought to be related to these arrests, in which case Mrs. Khanipour has probably been taken for interrogation to the Ministry of Intelligence offices.

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