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November 7, 2015

Hassan Badhrafkan and Vahid Taqvaju released

Bahai News (Persian), November 5, 2105.

Hassan Badhrafkan ( حسن بذرافکن ) and Vahid Taqvaju ( وحید تقواجو ) have been released from prison in Shiraz at the end of their one-year sentences. Mr. Taqvaju was released 15 days ago, and Mr. Badhrafkan apparently in the past few days. On September 11, 2013, security forces searched their home and seized computers and books relating to the Bahai Faith. They detained these two men as well as five others, who were released soon after.

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2 Comments »

  1. Is this a trend, or a coincidence of timing, that some Baha’is have been released from prison? I wonder also if there has been any cange in the desecration of cemeteries, job discrimination, etc.?

    Comment by John Woodall, MD — November 7, 2015 @ 14:14 | Reply

    • They have reached the end of their sentences. There is no sign that the oppression of the Bahais is easing, on the contrary, it is becoming more systematic, particularly in the spheres of economic oppression and education. A new policy has been made, limiting Bahais to one cemetery per province, which also implies that Bahais are not to be buried in cemeteries with other Iranian citizens. Since cemeteries are a long-term thing, it looks as if the government is looking forward to a long period of apartheid in which Bahais will be separated from the country’s full citizens, and will have lesser rights.

      If there were a change in policy, it might be signalled by early releases of prisoners, for example at Naw Ruz or Eid-al-Fitr. So far, Bahais have rarely been included in these pardons and early releases, and not at all in the past few years.

      Comment by Sen — November 7, 2015 @ 22:56 | Reply


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