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February 20, 2014

Five Bahai youth in Semnan sent to military service

HRANA, February 19, 2014

In the past two months, five young Bahais in Semnan have been arrested and sent to military service, on the orders of a judge (or in a previous report, an assistant prosecutor) known as Mr. Zaman. HRANA states that the military call-up law had been disused for some years, and that its application to the Bahais has been initiated by the Ministry of Intelligence.

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The names of the young Bahai men sent on military service in this way are given as follows:

Erfan Ehsani (عرفان احسانی): at the time of his arrest, he was made to promise that he would serve in the military after completing his time in prison. he was sentenced to one year in prison, which he began serving on October 30, 2012. After his release on parole, he was drafted into the army although his wife and their baby were in prison.

Soroush Firuzayan (سروش فیروزیان): after his home was raided, he was arrested and sent on military service.

Ardeshir Fana’ayan (اردشیر فناییان) was serving a 9-month sentence in Semnan prison. On completing his sentence, he was sent to do military service.

Omid Pirasteh (امید پیراسته): presently doing his military service.

Na’im Hedayati (نعیم هدایتی): presently doing his military service.

Another Bahai youth, Avarakhsh Hedayati (اورخش هدایتی), was reported among the Bahai youths who were arrested in November, 2013, but has been exempted from military service.

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  1. Not entitled to third level education, yet deemed worthy to serve their country in the armed forces?

    Comment by Aidan — February 20, 2014 @ 14:42 | Reply

    • The exclusion of Bahais from education and well-paid employment, and normal civil rights, is intended to create a Bahai underclass. This is an explicit, nation-wide policy. Sending arrested or imprisoned Bahais to do military service is a local thing, occurring only in Semnan so far as I know. HRANA says this has come from the Ministry of Intelligence; if so, it must be the local office that has initiated it. I cannot imagine that the armed forces themselves would want it to be a general practice.

      Comment by Sen — February 20, 2014 @ 21:14 | Reply

  2. Thank you for your posts and I’m sending them out to everyone to keep people conscious of what is happening in Iran.

    Comment by sabaedie — February 20, 2014 @ 15:27 | Reply

  3. Well, that’s odd! Just the other day the Mullahs repeated their announcement that all Bahais were spies and agents of CIA and Moussad. Why are they sending them to the most sensitive area of their existence? What is next? Sentencing Bahais to serve in Basij and Sepah Pasdaran? These Mullahs need to take their heads out of … La illaha illa Allah!

    Comment by Mark — February 20, 2014 @ 18:35 | Reply

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