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October 23, 2019

Three new arrests in Shiraz


HRANA, October 22, 2019. –

On October 21, agents from the Ministry of Intelligence arrested three Bahais in Shiraz : Farzaan Ma`sumi ( فرزان معصومی), Kiaana Sho`aari (کیانا شعاعی) and Soroush Abaadi (سروش آبادی). The agents also searched their homes, along with the homes of a number of other Bahais in Shiraz, and seized personal effects such as computers, mobile phones and laptops. It is not known where those arrested are being detained.

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New arrest in Gilavand


HRANA, October 22, 2019. –

Agents from the Ministry of Intelligence arrested Mitra Forsatipour (میترا فرصتی پور) in her home in Gilavand on October 22. Gilavand is a village in Tehran Province. The agents seized some personal items, including cell phones, laptops and a camera. She is being held in block 209 of Evin Prison in Tehran. It is believed that she is to be charged with “propaganda against the regime.” Mrs Forsatipour’s grandmother, buried in Gilavand, was exhumed by unknown persons in 2017 (not to be confused with the exhumation of Shamsi Aghdasi Azamian (شمسی اقدسی اعظمیان) in October this year).

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October 21, 2019

‘Ataa-ollah Zafar bailed from Evin Prison

Photo credit: HRANA


HRANA, October 20, 2019. –

Mr. Ataa-ollah Zaffar (عطاالله ظفر) was released from Evin prison “in recent days,” after about three weeks in detention. His family obtained his release following serious concerns about his health in detention.

On September 27, security agents raided a number of Bahai homes in Tehran and Karaj, seizing various personal effects. Behrouz Asadollah-zaadeh (بهروز اسدالله زاده) and Mr. Zafar (آقای ظفر) are among those whose homes were searched. Mr. Zafar was then arrested. At least five other Bahai homes were raided, and agents went to the home of Waliollah Qademiyaan (ولی‌الله قدمیان) to search it, but found nobody home. It appears that Mr. Asadollah-zaadeh, Mr. Zafar and Mr. Qademiyaan were involved with the Bahai cemetery in Tehran.

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October 17, 2019

Three more early releases in Isfahan


HRANA, October 16, 2019. –

HRANA has announced the early release of Mr. Sahaam Armin (سهام آرمین , holding the flowers in the photo), and in a separate report, of Mrs. Bahaareh Dhini-Sobhaaniaan (بهاره ذینی صبحانیان) and Sepideh Rouhani (سپیده روحانی). They join Mrs. Fuzhaan Rashidi (فوژان رشیدی), released a day earlier and incorrectly identified — in my first translation — as a man. These four releases leave four others — Afshin Bolbolaan (افشین بلبلان), Milaad Daavadaan (میلاد داوردان), Farhaang Sahba (فرهنگ صهبا) and Anush Raayneh (انوش راینه) in prison, of the eight Bahais from Baharestan, near Isfahan, who were arrested on September 23rd, 2018.

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October 16, 2019

Fuzhaan Rashidi released early in Isfahan (corrected)

HRANA, October 16, 2019. –

Fuzhaan Rashidi (فوژان رشیدی) has been granted a conditional early release after serving just over one third of her three-year sentence. She was released from Esfahan prison on October 15. She and her recently-married husband Milaad Daavadaan (میلاد داوردان) were among a group of arrested Baharestan, near Isfahan, on September 23rd, 2018, by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence. Milaad Daavadaan was sentenced to six years in prison. Fuzhaan Rashidi was sentenced in a Revolutionary Court to three years for “membership of the Bahai organisation” with a concurrent one-year sentence for “propaganda against the regime.” This was confirmed by the Review Court.

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October 14, 2019

Two Bahais sentenced for internet postings

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Iran Wire, October 14, 2019. –

On September 21, Paymaan Damashqi (پیمان دمشقی), a Bahai from Karaj, was sentenced to one year in prison by the Revolutionary Court. The trial, lasting less than 10 minutes, was held on September 19. The trial is reported to have taken place at both the Prosecutor’s office and the revolutionary court, suggesting that the Prosecutor also acted as Judge, which would be highly unusual. A relative said that Mr. Damsashqi did not accept the charge of “propaganda against the regime” and did not know what it was based on. Therefore he has not, thus far, made any comment on it himself. He was initially summoned in writing by the Police in Karaj in February this year. When he went to the Police station, his mobile telephone was confiscated and he was questioned for half an hour. He was told that he had posted an article entitled “Justice” under the pen-name “A certain Bahai”, and the use of this name constituted, indirectly, propaganda for the Bahai Faith. When he asked to see the article attributed to him, the interrogator refused. In April/May this year he was summoned to the Revolutionary Court (the ideological court) to hear the charges against him. During the hearing, the Judge twice asked him in writing [sic] “have you made propaganda for the Bahai Faith” to which he replied, “until now, nobody has asked me about Bahai.” The Judge offered him release on bail of 50 million tumans, but he was not able to pay that amount. Two days later he was released when the business licence of a friend was accepted as bail. Another source told IranWire that Mr. Damashqi had been sentenced because of a question — not an article — that he had posted, but the Judge had not disclosed what this question was. They [undefined] “told him that because he was a Bahai, a question about justice was propaganda against the regime. Mr. Damashqi, who is active in various groups, still cannot recall what question he asked, in which group, that has led to his punishment, but thinks it must have been in comments on a thread.

In recent days, Sima Behrouzi (سیما بهروزی) was sentenced to three months in prison in the Revolutionary Court of Yazd, presided over by Judge Dashtipour (قاضی دشتی‌پور). She was charged with membership of a group opposing the regime. The Judge did not find her guilty of the other charge, of circulating jokes in favour of opposition groups. She was summoned in writing by the Police in Yazd on March 20 this year, and questioned about her membership of Telegram groups. After some time she was summoned to Branch 4 of the Revolutionary Court, and charged with “membership of a group opposed to the regime” and “propaganda in support of a group opposed to the regime.” Bail was set at 250 million tumans, which she could not provide, but she was released on bail two days later. On July 2, 2019, she was summoned to a hearing on August 18 at the Revolutionary Court. The summons specified the charges as “membership of the Bahai community,” and “Bahai propaganda.” The sentence, of three months in prison, was announced in the last week of September.

In recent years, a number of Bahais in Yazd have been sentenced for activities on internet. Shamim Etehaadi (شمیم اتحادی), a Bahai student excluded from tertiary education, was sentenced for filming a Bahai cemetery that had been destroyed by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence. He was charged with propaganda against the regime, membership of Bahai organisations, insulting officials, spreading lies and having satellite receiving equipment. The charges relate to his supposed responsibility for a 4-minute video documenting the destruction of the Bahai cemetery in Yazd, which was shown on the Persian-language television network Manoto. He was sentenced to 3 years and three month in prison [previous report: 3 years], 74 lashes, a two-year ban on leaving Iran, and a fine of 40 million rials (1200 euros; $US 1600). He completed his sentence in June 2016. [The article continues with more examples of the persecution of the Bahais of Yazd for internet crimes].

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October 13, 2019

Neda Sabeti, Nooshin Afshar and Foroogh Farzaneh sentenced to 1-year terms


HRANA, October 12, 2019. –

Ms. Neda Sabeti-Azadi (ندا ثابتی -آزادی), Ms. Nooshin Afshar-Azadi (نوشین افشار) and Ms. Foroogh Farzaneh (فروغ فرزانه ), Bahais living in Abadan and Ahvaz have each been sentenced to a one-year prison term on the charge of “propaganda against the regime” by the Revolutionary Court of Abadan. On May 6, 2019, they were arrested at their houses and were transferred to Sepidar Prison in Ahvaz on May 30, 2019.

Their prosecution was initiated by the Intelligence Corps of the IRGC (Revolutionary Guards) and during their interrogations, they were under pressure to make forced confession. On May 6, 2019, they were arrested at their homes by six agents of the Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Ahvaz and Abadan. [My earlier report said they were agents from the Ministry of Intelligence ~ Sen] They were released a week after on May 13 but were rearrested for an unknown reason on the same day. They were released on bail on May 30, 2019.

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October 11, 2019

Farhaang Sahba, imprisoned in Isfahan, transferred for interrogation

Iran Press Watch, October 4, 2019. –

Farhaang Sahba, a Bahai serving a 5-year sentence in Isfahan prison, has been transferred to a solitary confinement cell of the IRGC’s Intelligence Unit, and is being subject to intense interrogation and psychological pressure. He was convicted of “membership in the Bahai organizations with an intent to act against national security,” with a one-year (concurrent) sentence for “propaganda against the regime through Bahai propaganda.”

Mr. Sahba was one of a groups of Bahais arrested in Baharestan, near Isfahan, on September 23rd, 2018, by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence. He was sentenced in November 2018, and I have no reports indicating when he began his sentence. The Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which has now intervened, is an Iranian intelligence agency within the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and is as powerful as the Ministry of Intelligence. Rivalry between the two agencies is not unknown.

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October 10, 2019

Azita Rafizaadeh released after four years


Voice of America, October 9, 2019. –

Azita Rafizaadeh (آزیتا رفیع‌زاده) has been released from Evin Prison after serving a four-year sentence for teaching online classes in computer engineering to members of the Bahai Faith. Under Iran’s apartheid system, Bahais are banned from gaining advanced qualifications in tertiary institutions in Iran, although there is no formal law against teaching one’s skills to others. Nevertheless, she was charged with “undermining national security” for teaching at the Institute for Higher Education (BIHE). In January, 2018, she was offered prison furlough if she would sign a statement to repent for her work and promise that she will not work with the BIHE again. But she said she had done nothing to repent for.” Her husband Peyman Koushk-Baghi was also imprisoned in October 2015, for teaching at the BIHE.

Rafizadeh, 36, is a former BIHE student who returned to Iran after receiving a master’s degree in computer engineering from a university in India. She began teaching the subject at BIHE in 2002.

In 2014, Judge Moqisseh (قاضی مقیسه) of Branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced Rafizadeh to four years in prison and her husband to five years in prison on the charge of “membership in the illegal and misguided Bahai group with the aim of acting against national security through illegal activities at the BIHE educational institute.”

The imprisoned couple’s son, Bashir Koushk-Baghi, has been raised by another Bahai family.

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October 5, 2019

One arrest in Tehran

Voice of America, October 5, 2019. –

`Abbaas Taa’ef (عباس طائف), a Bahai from Tehran, was arrested by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence on September 27. The agents searched his home and workplace and seized a laptop, mobile phone and some ID documents and some of his personal effects. As previously reported, security agents raided a number of other Bahai homes in Karaj and Tehran on the same day, and Mr. Zafar (آقای ظفر) was arrested. `Abbaas Taa’ef (or another Bahai with the same name) was arrested in Tehran in connection with the raids on the Bahai Open University (BIHE) in 2012.

Update: Iran Press Watch adds that his office, his workplace, has been sealed by the authorities, and that he suffers from heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes.

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October 2, 2019

Raids and arrest in Tehran and Karaj

HRANA, September 29, 2019. –

On September 27, security agents raided a number of Bahai homes in Tehran and Karaj, seizing various personal effects. Behrouz Asadollah-zaadeh (بهروز اسدالله زاده) and Mr. Zafar (آقای ظفر) are among those whose homes were searched. Mr. Zafar was then arrested. At least five other Bahai homes were raided, and agents went to the home of Waliollah Qademiyaan (ولی‌الله قدمیان) to search it, but found nobody home. It appears that Mr. Asadollah-zaadeh, Mr. Zafar and Mr. Qademiyaan were involved with the Bahai cemetery in Tehran. HRANA expects information on more arrests to follow.

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September 24, 2019

Kimia Mostafavi and Kiaana Rezvaani sentenced to five years


Campaign for prisoners of conscience, September 23, 2019. –

The Revolutionary Court in Kerman has sentenced Kimia Mostafavi ( کیمیا مصطفوی) and Kiaana Rezvaani ( کیانا رضوانی) to five years in jail for membership in the Bahai organisation, and to one year for “propaganda against the regime and in favour of opposition groups.” However prisoners with concurrent sentences serve only the longer sentence. They were arrested in Kerman on Saturday, January 19, released on bail five days later.

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Samin Maqsudi sentenced to 5 years in prison


HRANA, September 22, 2019. –

The Review Court for Tehran Province, headed by Judge Zargar (قاضی زرگر), has confirmed the 5-year sentence of Samin Maqsudi (ثمین مقصودی), a Bahai from Tehran whose arrest and sentencing was not previously reported on Sen’s Daily. She was initially sentenced on May 21, 2018, by Judge Moqiseh (قاضی مقیسه, also spelled محمد مقیسه‌ای), a notorious abuser of human rights, and of judicial procedures, who was responsible for the imprisonment of the seven “Yaran.” She was charged with participating in Bahai activities. The charges relate to her commemoration, in her own home, of the bicentennial of the birth of Baha’u’llah, on October 21, 2017.

Ghazaaleh Baaqeri-Taari (غزاله باقری طاری), also from Tehran, was arrested on the same day and, as previously reported, was sentenced to five years in prison for celebrating the birth of Baha’u’llah.

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September 22, 2019

Mitra Badrnezhad-Zahdi begins one-year sentence


Campaign for prisoners of conscience, September 21, 2019. –

Mrs. Mitra Badrnezhad-Zahdi (میترا بدرنژاد زهدی), a Bahai from Ahwaz, began her sentence at the Sepidah Prison in Ahvaz on September 21. A few days ago it was reported that the Khuzestan Court of Appeals had reduced her sentence from five years to one year. She was charged with membership of the Bahai organisation. A fuller update has been published here.

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September 20, 2019

As academic year begins, more Bahai students are excluded

Hesar news, September 19, 2019. –

As the new academic year begins in Iran, reports are coming in from across the country of Bahai students who have passed the university entrance examination (the ‘Concours’) but are refused enrollment in tertiary institutions because of their Bahai beliefs. One current collation of these reports has 22 names :
-1 سهند شیرازی، تهران؛
۲- مهتاب خادم، تهران؛
۳- نگین فروغی، شهرکرد؛
۴- وفا نوبخت، ساری؛
۵- بهزاد یزدانی، شیراز؛
۶- ترنم کمالی، شیراز؛
۷- تارا احسان، تهران؛
۸- آیلار روشن نهاد، ساری؛
۹- ارمغان عنایتی، سمنان؛
۱۰- سیاوش بلوچ قرائی، مشهد؛
۱۱- درسا مصطفوی، تهران؛
۱۲- آریا احسانی، کرج؛
۱۳- نوریه فردوسیان، اصفهان؛
۱۴- شایلین عقیلی، کرج؛
۱۵- نگار ایقانی، شیراز؛
۱۶- غزل الله وردی گرجی، ساری؛
۱۷- سراج صفریان، ساری؛
۱۸- شعله موفقی ایولی، ساری؛
۱۹- روژان احسانی، کاشان؛
۲۰- روژین کثیری، کرج؛
۲۱- مهسا فروهری، کرج؛
۲۲- شمیم ایدلخانی، اردبیل

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September 19, 2019

Parisa Sobhaaneyaan bailed from Evin Prison, brother arrested


HRANA, September 18, 2019. –

Parisa Sobhaaneyaan Najafaabaadi (پریسا سبحانیان نجف آبادی), a Bahai from the village of Mehrabad, near Rudehen, has been released on bail from Evin Prison, in Tehran, pending her trial. She was arrested on August 10. The agents who arrested her at her home also seized some books and other personal belongings. She was released on September 18, for bail of 500 million tumans (107,000 euros ; $US 119,000). Her brother, Seyaavash Sobhaaneyaan (سیاوش سبحانیان) was told at the time of her arrest that he should not leave town, and was arrested a few days later. This arrest was not previously reported on Sen’s Daily. He remains in custody.

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September 18, 2019

Mitra Zahdi’s sentence reduced to one year


Campaign for Prisoners of Conscience, September 17, 2019. –

The Khuzestan Court of Appeals has reduced the sentence of Mrs. Mitra Badrnezhad-Zohdi (میترا بدرنژاد زهدی), a Bahai from Ahwaz, from five years to one year. She was charged with membership of the Bahai organisation. She was arrested in Ahwaz on March 3, 2018, and taken for questioning to the Ministry of Intelligence. At the time of her arrest her home was searched and various religious items were discovered. According to a later report, the items seized included gold jewelry with Bahai symbols. None of the items that were confiscated have been returned, and they are not itemized in the record of arrest. Her son, Rouzbeh Zohdi (روزبه زهدی), who is currently in Turkey awaiting asylum, has said that during her detention, “My mother was held in solitary confinement for 50 days in the Intelligence Ministry’s detention center and Sepidar Prison in Ahvaz … We actually gave the deed to our house as collateral [for bail].”

“My mother said that on all the days when she was interrogated, she sat on a chair, blindfolded, in front of a wall, and her interrogator stood behind her, insulting her with very ugly words. On one occasion, they threatened to deal with her sons and she was very afraid. Fortunately it was only psychological torture, not physical.”

Zohdi continued: “Unfortunately, we weren’t given a copy of the verdict. They didn’t even give a copy to her attorney. The attorney was only allowed to read the verdict. As far as I know, my mother’s charges were based on Bahai functions she organized at our home and for having Bahai books. Bahais have religious functions every 19 days and some of them were held in my mother’s home.”

She was released on May 14, 2019, on bail of 200 million tumans each (40,000 euros ; $US 47,500). In November, 2018, the second bench of the Revolutionary Court in Ahwaz, under Judge Zaare` (قاضی زارع) sentenced her to five years in prison and two years in exile. The Judge said during the trial that being a Bahai was a crime in itself, and that he was in favour of the old policy after the Revolution — when Bahais were simply executed. The Judge also said that somebody had complained about his mother, but this person was not identified. Her case appears to be linked to that of Mr. Farajollah Bengaaleh ( فرج اله بنگاله), who was arrested on March 28, 2018, in Shiraz and later transferred by the Ministry of Intelligence to Ahwaz. They were bailed o the same day for the same amount, and their sentences were the same.

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September 14, 2019

Three Tehran Bahais in Gilavand burial case bailed


HRANA, September 9, 2019. –

Mrs. Munireh Bavil-e Soflaa’i (منیره باویل سفلایی), Mrs. Minou Zamaanipour (مینو زمانی پور) and Mr. Ghollam-hoseyn Mazlumi (غلامحسین مظلومی), who were arrested in Gilavand, a village in Tehran Province, on August 10, were released from Tehran’s Evin Prison on September 4. Their bail was 300 million tumans each (64,000 euros ; $US 71,0000).

Shamsi Aghdasi Azamian (شمسی اقدسی اعظمیان), a Bahai from Gilavand, in Tehran Province, was buried in Gilavand Bahai Cemetery on October 24. Four days later her body was exhumed by unknown individuals and abandoned in the deserts of Jaban in the suburbs of that city. Security forces had told the Gilavand Bahais earlier that they had no right to bury their deceased member in Damavand and that they should perform burials only in Tehran, so it is a reasonable assumption that government agents exhumed the body and dumped it in the desert. Four days after the burial, in a phone call, police told Mrs. Azamian’s son that the body of his mother, had been found and he should take it to Tehran. He objected, since the distance between Gilavand and Tehran is more than an hour, and according to Bahai burial rites, the body should not be transported more than an hour. The agents then carried away the body of Mrs. Azamian to Tehran without the consent of the family.

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September 12, 2019

Minister of Education approves policy of barring Bahais from schools

Photo thanks to HRANA
Radio Farda, September 11, 2019. –

Iran Press Watch, following HRANA and other Persian sources, has reported that Borna Piraasteh (برنا پیراسته), an outstanding Bahai student at the Sa’adat School in Semnan, has been barred from re-enrolling in the third grade of high school after the summer break because of his Bahai beliefs. According to a Radio Farda report, after this news became public, the newly appointed Minister of Education, Dr. Mohsen Haaji Mirzaa’i (محسن حاجی‌میرزایی) declared that all students belonging to “non-official” religions are barred from secondary schools, because this would constitute “propaganda.” He was speaking at a news conference connected to a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, but the report does not indicate whether Cabinet has approved his policy, which would involve barring all Bahai children from schools.

The Piraasteh family were informed that their son would not be allowed to enroll by the Principal, speaking by telephone. Initially they were told this was because some parents at the school had objected.

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Family home confiscated for Bahai beliefs

Kayhan London, September 7, 2019. –

The ‘Setaad’ (the Executive Headquarters of the Imam’s Directive / Committee for Implementing the Instructions of the Imam) has confiscated a home belonging to the Iraannezhaad family in the wealthy Niavaran district of Tehran. The house was the home of Mrs. Shraareh Farokhzaadi (خانم شراره فرخزادی), the widow of Cyrus Iraannezhaad (سیروس ایران‌نژاد). Agents from the Setaad arrived at the home and, in the space of four hours, removed all the family’s possessions and took control.

Cyrus Iraannezhaad was a businessman who was imprisoned In Evin Prison after the 1979 Revolution because of his Bahai beliefs. His property was seized at the time, along with the property of thousands of other Bahais across Iran. He suffered continual harassment after his release from Evin.

After his death, his sons, Siamak and Rayan (سیامک و ریان), sought to overturn the confiscation order, and suffered harassment. They have not only failed, the house that belonged to their father (presumably purchased after his release from prison) has also been expropriated. In September 2017, a Revolutionary Court ruled that that all the family’s property was expropriated because of their Bahai beliefs, and this ruling was confirmed in the Review Court. The ruling explicitly states that, because of their membership of the Bahai sect, all their property is expropriated in favour of the Setaad.

The Setaad is an organisation specifically set up in 1989 to expropriate and use property confiscated not only from Bahais, but also from Iranians living abroad and other targets of the Supreme Leader. It is subject to international sanctions, as “a massive network of front companies hiding [stolen] assets on behalf of … Iran’s leadership.”

Although most significant assets belonging to Bahais were expropriated after the Revolution, cemeteries and the assets of the small businesses by which most Bahai families live are regularly expropriated today, and there are occasional reports of a home or farm being expropriated. In November 2012, the home of the late Hussein al-Hourehzaadeh ( حسین الهوردیزاده ) in Mashhad was seized by the Setaad. A previous seizure order had targeted all the assets of his only daughter Munireh al-Hourehzaadeh, but not her father’s home. Three decades later that house, now the home of his grandchildren, was seized as well. In October 2015, fifty hectares of land and the livestock on it, belonging to Zia’ullah Muta`aarifi (ضیاء الله متعارفی), a 65-year-old Bahai from Semnan, was confiscated. Farmland and multiple homes have been seized by the Setaad in the village of Kata, in the province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, and in the village of Evel ( ایول) in Mazandaran, not to mention all the cases in which individual farms and rural homes have been seized.

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September 10, 2019

Abu-Fadl Ansaari bailed in Karaj


Campaign for Prisoners of Conscience, September 8, 2019. –

Abu-Fadl Ansaari (ابوالفضل انصاری) was released on bail in Karaj on September 8. He was arrested at his home in Karaj on August 3 and held in Raja’i Shahr prison.

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Farid Moqadam-Ziraki bailed in Birjand


Campaign for prisoners of conscience, September 9, 2019. –

On September 7, Farid Moqadam-Ziraki (فرید مقدم زیرکی), a Bahai from Birjand, was released from detention after posting bail of 150 million tumans (32,000 euros ; $US 35,000). He was arrested on August 3 by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence, who searched his home and seized his personal effects. He faces charges of “aggravating the economic sanctions against Iran” and “undermining national security.” He was interrogated by the Ministry of Intelligence for 26 days before being transferred to Birjand’s Prison.

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September 5, 2019

New arrest in Shiraz


Campaign for prisoners of conscience, September 5, 2019. –

Shahnaaz Saabet (شهناز ثابت), a Bahai from Shiraz, was arrested in her home on September 1. Security agents searched her home and seized many of her personal effects, including including her ID card, a passport, bank cards, mobile telephone and some books and photos. The agents were also filming the search. There is no information about where she is being detained.

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September 4, 2019

Rouhaa Emaani begins prison sentence in Kerman


HRANA, September 3, 2019. –

Mrs. Rouhaa Emaani (روحا ایمانی), from Kerman, was arrested on September 3, and taken to begin her nine-month prison sentence. Mrs. Emaani was arrested in Yazd during a raid on her home on May 12, 2015, and released on bail on July 1, 2015. She was sentenced by a Revolutionary Court — as is usually the case for Bahais. Revolutionary Courts try ideological offences and have a single cleric for a judge, and no fixed procedures.

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Ru’in Kohansaal and Ruhollah Zibaa’i bailed in Karaj

Mr. Zibaa’i


Campaign for prisoners of conscience, September 2, 2019. –

According to two separate reports, on September 2, Ruhollah Zibaa’i (روح‌الله زیبایی) and Ru’in Kohansaal (روئین کهنسال) were released on bail from Raja’i Shahr prison, in Karaj, where they have been detained for one month. They were arrested in Karaj, on August 3 and 4, respectively, along with Abu-Fadl Ansaari (ابوالفضل انصاری), arrested on August 3. On the same day, agents from the Ministry of Intelligence in Birjand arrested Farid Moqadam-Ziraki (فرید مقدم زیرکی). The Provincial command of the Ministry of Intelligence in South Khorasan Province had previously announced the arrest of an unnamed Bahai in Birjand, who was said to be working to tighten sanctions. Government-sponsored media have also claimed that Mr. Zibaa’i’s arrest was in relation to a scheme to tighten the economic sanctions. He is described as conducting business activities in the Alborz and Southern Khorasan provinces.

Mr. Kohansal

Other reports speak of a number of Bahais and people who have associated with Bahais being summoned for questioning in Alborz Province, but no further details are available at present.

The physical condition of Mr. Zibaa’i and Mr. Ansaari is not good. Mr. Zibaa’i has been released on bail “temporarily” rather than “pending trial,” suggesting that this may be a medical release. Mr. Kohansaal has been bailed pending his trial. It appears that Mr. Ansaari is still being detained. He suffers from a heart condition and has recently had a pacemaker fitted.

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August 28, 2019

Arrest and continuing detention in Karaj


Campaign for prisoners of conscience, August 27, 2019. –

Ru’in Kohansaal (روئین کهنسال), a Bahai from Karaj, was arrested in the street on August 4, but this arrest was not previously reported on Sen’s Daily. He is still undergoing interrogation at a detention centre in Karaj. There is no official news, although a relative living outside Iran suggested that the authorities viewed his Bahai beliefs as a threat to the Islamic Republic.

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August 12, 2019

Another arrest in Shiraz


HRANA, August 11, 2019. –

Soheila Haqiqat (سهیلا حقیقت), a Bahai from Shiraz, was arrested on August 10. Seven masked agent from the Intelligence Corps of the IRGC (Revolutionary Guards) came to her home, where she was hosting an addiction recovery meeting. They searched the home and questioned all the participants, recording their details. They arrested Mrs. Haqiqat and seized a computer, ID documents, bank cards and her father’s birth certificate and passport. She was taken away, and her whereabouts are unknown.

New arrest in Birjand

HRANA, August 11, 2019. –

On August 3, agents from the Ministry of Intelligence in Birjand arrested Farid Moqadam-Ziraki (فرید مقدم زیرکی). The Provincial command of the Ministry of Intelligence in South Khorasan Province, had previously announced the arrest of an unnamed Bahai in Birjand, who was said to be working to tighten sanctions. Mr. Moqadam-Ziraki has been able to contact this family once since he was arrested. He was previously summoned and questioned by the Ministry of Intelligence twice, in 2017 and 2018.

As previously reported, Ruhollah Zibaa’i ( روح الله زيبايي ), a Bahai resident of Baghestan, was arrested by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence on the same day, August 3, and government-sponsored media claimed that this too was in relation to a scheme to tighten the economic sanctions.

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August 11, 2019

Raid on the home of Jamaalodin Khaanjaani

jamalodinhanjaniHRANA, August 10, 2019. –

The Tehran home of Jamaalodin Khaanjaani (جمال الدین خانجانی) was searched by seven agents from the Ministry of Intelligence on the morning of August 9. Mr. Khaanjaani is one of the seven “Yaran” (former national facilitators for the Bahais in Iran), who served 10-year prison sentences. He was released from prison on March 17, 2018. The search lasted for five hours, and the agents seized all his books, Bahai pictures, and some cash.

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Three arrests in Tehran

HRANA, August 10, 2019. –

At 8 a.m. on August 10, three security agents arrested Mrs. Munireh Bavil-e Soflaa’i (منیره باویل سفلایی), Mrs. Minou Zamaanipour (مینو زمانی پور) and Mr. Ghollam-hoseyn Mazlumi (غلامحسین مظلومی), three Bahais in Tehran, and took them to Evin Prison. The agents had a warrant. They arrived at the home of Mrs Bavil-e Sofla’i and searched it, seizing a laptop, mobile phone, Bahai books and pictures, and took her away with them. [The report implies that the other two arrests were at a different address.] The agents said that the arrests were related to events in the village of Gilavand in October last year.

Shamsi Aghdasi Azamian (شمسی اقدسی اعظمیان), a Bahai from Gilavand, in Tehran Province, was buried in Gilavand Bahai Cemetery on October 24. Four days later her body was exhumed by unknown individuals and abandoned in the deserts of Jaban in the suburbs of that city. Security forces had told the Gilavand Bahais earlier that they had no right to bury their deceased member in Damavand and that they should perform burials only in Tehran, so it is a reasonable assumption that government agents exhumed the body and dumped it in the desert. Four days after the burial, in a phone call, police told Mrs. Azamian’s son that the body of his mother, had been found and he should take it to Tehran. He objected, since the distance between Gilavand and Tehran is more than an hour, and according to Bahai burial rites, the body should not be transported more than an hour. The agents then carried away the body of Mrs. Azamian to Tehran without the consent of the family.

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