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June 15, 2021

Dorsa Dehqaani arrested in Shiraz


HRANA, June 14, 2021. –

Late in the day of June 14, security forces arrested Dorsa Dehqaani (درسا دهقانی) at Shiraz railway station. They took her to her home in Shiraz, which they searched. They seized some personal effects mobile phones and Bahai books, pictures and artifacts, and took her away. It is not known where she is being detained. I assume that this is the same Dorsa Dehqaani who, in 2014, was barred from entering university because of her Bahai Faith ~ can someone confirm that? From the photographs then and now, it seems she is getting younger!

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Home raid and arrest in Shiraz


HRANA, June 14, 2021. –

On June 15, security forces arrested Sina Kamali Sarvestaani (سینا کمالى سروستانی) in front of his home in Shiraz. They searched his home and seized personal effects such as books, as well as all the electronic devices belonging to his family. It is not known where he is being detained.

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June 9, 2021

Shahrzaad Nazifi sentenced: 8 years

 

HRANA, June 8, 2021. – 

A Revolutionary Court in Tehran has sentenced Shahrzaad Nazifi (شهرزاد نظیفی), a well-known sportswoman and trainer in women’s motorcross, to eight years in prison. She was also banned from leaving Iran for two years, and sentenced to three month’s community service, four hours per day, providing services to the intellectually handicapped.  She was tried in absentia by Judge Eymaan Afshaari (قاضی ایمان افشاری). The trial was held recently and the sentence was communicated to her “defence” lawyer after the fact. The charge is said to be “managing illegal groups and gangs with the aim of disrupting national security.” The ruling cited her “bad motives and desire to destroy the religious system.” 

Her home was first raided on November 10, 2018. She was arrested at a motocross track on November 18, 2018. Security forces then raided her home again and siezed all the family’s awards, titles and prizes, as well as documents related to motorcycle races. They also seized mobile telephones, laptops and books. She was released on bail 15 days later. Bail was set at 700 million tumans (147,000 euros ; $US 164,000). She and the other members of her family — who also participate in motorcross — have been banned from being present at motorcross tracks, participating in competitions, and practicing or teaching motorcross sport. Mrs. Nazifi and her husband Mehrshaad Naraqi (مهرشاد نراقی) and their two children Meraat (مرآت ) and Nora (نورا) have all been motorcross champions in Iran, and the mother and daughter are pioneers of women’s motor sports in Iran. 

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June 3, 2021

Sa`id `Aabadi and Vahid Daana bailed in Shiraz


HRANA, June 2, 2021. –

Sa`id `Aabadi (سعید عابدی) and Vahid Daana (وحید دانا) were released on bail from Adelabad prison in Shiraz on June 1. They were arrested on April 28, during raids on their homes.

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May 31, 2021

Sentences confirmed for 4 Bahais from Varamin


HRANA, May 30, 2021. –

The Review Court for Tehran Province had confirmed the 3-year sentences of Mrs. Mona Mehraabi (مونا محرابی), Elhaam Karam-Pisheh (الهام کرم پیشه), Afsaaneh Yaadgaar-Ardestaani ( افسانه یادگار اردستانی) and Mr. Ehsaan-Allah Yaadgaar-Ardestaani (احسان الله یادگار اردستانی). They were charged with membership in an illegal organization with the aim of disrupting national security. The Judge of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran who handed down the 3-year sentences, Judge Muhammad-Reza Amouzad, said that the accused identified impoverished people and children who were abused or deprived of schooling, and gave them education, and that they made brochures for the Red Crescent (Red Cross) and International Children’s Day. Before the trial by Judge Muhammad-Reza Amouzad, in September or October 2018, they had been sentenced by a revolutionary court in Tehran in a secret trial without a hearing or defence, to five years in prison. Two other Bahais were sentenced to five years in the secret trial of 2018: Safa Forqani-Araani (صفا فرقانی ارانی) and Mehrdaad Forqani-Araani (مهرداد فرقانی ارانی). I have no information about what happened to them.

Mrs. Elhaam Karam-Pisheh and Mona Mehraabi were arrested on February 16, 2015, in a raid on a meeting in Tehran where six Bahais were present. All were separately interrogated in the house, and the two women were arrested in accordance with a warrant and taken away in a car from the Ministry of Intelligence. During the search, which lasted five hours, all the books, pictures and religious symbols of those present, as well as computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones, were seized. One report adds that the officers demanded that those present should sign undertakings not to participate in Bahai meetings. Mr. Ehsaan Yaadgaar was arrested in a neighbouring home at the same time, and again religious materials were seized, along with some gold coins. He was told to present himself to the public prosecutor’s office in Varamin (the capital of Varamin County in Tehran Province). He did so, and was released after several hours. He was again arrested in early March, 2015, and taken to Evin Prison for questioning before being released. Mrs. Safa Forqani-Araani was arrested in a raid on her home [apparently in Tehran] on February 17, 2015, and her father Mehrdaad was arrested at his home in Varamin an hour later.

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May 27, 2021

Six Bahais sentenced in Borazjan: 10 years in prison


HRANA, May 26, 2021. –

A Revolutionary Court in Borazjan, the chief city of Dashtestan county, Bushehr Province, has sentenced Borhan Ismaa`ili (برهان اسماعیلی), Maryam Bashir (مریم بشیر), Faraanak Shaykhi (فرانک شیخی), Haayedeh Raam (هایده رام), Minu Bashir (مینو بشیر) and Darna Ismaa`ili (درنا اسماعیلی). The sentence was announced on May 19. The court theoretically imposed even longer sentences. Mr. Borhan Ismaa`ili was sentenced to eleven years on the charge of “propaganda against the regime by spreading the beliefs of the Bahai sect and acting against دشفهخدشم security by disseminating Bahai ideas.” The five women were sentenced to 12 years and six months in prison on the charge of “Supportion propaganda against the regime by spreading the beliefs of the Bahai sect, producing and publishing vulgar images in cyberspace and on social networks, and acting against the security of the country by publishing and propagating Bahai ideas.” All the Bahai materials seized in home raids in January 2017 were also ordered confiscated. The court findings cited the accused’s involvement with child education and membership of the counter-revolutionary web site, Facebook. If the Review Court upholds these sentences, the accused will serve ten years in prison.

The report says that the accused are from Shiraz and Borazjan, but does not explain further. My records indicate that Faraanak Shaykhi is the wife of Borhan Ismaa`ili, and that Darna Ismaa`ili is their daughter.

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May 25, 2021

Tehran review court confirms sentences of 3 years and 7 months


HRANA, May 2021. –

Mrs. Marvash `Adaalati `Ali-Abaadi (مهوش عدالتی علی آبادی), Mrs. Sepideh Keshaavarz (سپیده کشاور) and Mr. Farid Ismaa`ili (فرید اسماعیلی) have been sentenced to three years and seven months in prison by the Review Court for Tehran Province. The were charged with “collusion intended to undermine national security by conducting Bahai activities.” The Revolutionary Court, under Judge Muhammad-Reza Amouzad (قاضی محمدرضا عموزاد), had also given them concurrent sentences of eight months in prison for “promoting the Bahai Faith.” The Review Court has not confirmed those sentences, but it makes no practical difference.

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May 24, 2021

Six more detainees bailed in Baharestan (updated)


HRANA, May 2021. –

Five more of the Bahai women recently arrested in, or in relation to, the city of Baharestan in Isfahan Province were bailed on May 22. They are Noushin Hemmat (نوشین همت), Shouraangiz Behaamin (شورانگیز بهامین), Saara Shakib (سارا شکیب), Azita Rezvaani ( آزیتا رضوانی) and Sho`lah Ashuri (شعله آشوری). Bail was set at 200 million tumans (39,000 euros ; $US 47,000). Previously, Saanaaz Raasteh (ساناز راسته) and Firouzeh Rastinejaad (فیروزه راستی نژاد) were bailed on May 20; Ruya Azaadkhush (رویا آزاد خوش)and Nasreen Khaademi (نسرین خادمی) were bailed on May 18, and Maryam Khursandi (مریم خورسندی) on May 17. All were released from Dawlatabad prison in Isfahan city. According to a separate HRANA report, Mozhgaan Pourshafi` (مژگان پورشفیع) was bailed on May 23. The arrests and home raids across Baharestan began on April 25.

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May 20, 2021

Eight Bahais return to prison in Bandar Abbas


HRANA, May 18, 2021. –

In Bandar Abbas, eight Bahai prisoners who were granted furlough on April 14 returned to prison on April 24. Previous reports did not indicate how long the furlough would be, but ten days is quite normal. The prisoners are Arash Raasekhi (آرش راسخی), Omid Afaaqi (امید آفاقی), Mehrollah Afshaar (مهرالله افشار), Nasim Qanawaateyaan (نسیم قنواتیان), Adib Haqq-pazhuh (ادیب حق پژوه), Farhaad Amri (فرهاد امری), Maaraal Raasti (مارال راستی) and Mahnaaz Jaan-Nethaar (مهناز جان نثار). They began their one and two-year sentences in late February and early April, and the report does not indicate why they would be granted furlough so soon. A previous report on Sen’s Daily has details of their trials and sentences.

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May 19, 2021

Three detainees bailed in Baharestan cluster


HRANA, May 19, 2021. –

Roya Azaadkhoush (رویا آزادخوش) and Nasrin Khaademi (نسرین خادمی), Bahais from Baharestan, were bailed from Isfahan’s Dolatabad Prison on May 18. On May 17, Maryam Khorsandi (مریم خورسندی) was bailed. These three arrests were not previously reported on Sen’s Daily, although it was known that their homes were searched on April 25. They were arrested on the same day. HRANA has also raised the number of Bahai homes raided in Baharestan to 29, from its previous report of 28. Sho`lah Ashuri (شعله آشوری), a Bahai from Baharestan who was arrested in Hendijan, in Khuzestan Province, has been transferred to detention in Baharestan.

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May 15, 2021

Kiaana Sho`aari’s trial begins in Shiraz


HRANA, May 15, 2021. –

The trial of Kiaana Sho`aari (کیانا شعاعی), a Bahai from Shiraz, began today, May 15. She was notified of her impending trial yesterday. At the hearing, at a Revolutionary Court, her case was referred back to the Prosecutor’s Office for revision. On May 5 she was summoned to the court to hear that she would be tried for “forming dissident groups with the intention of disrupting national security, membership of dissident groups with the intention of disrupting security, and propaganda against the regime.”

She was arrested on October 21, 2019, when agents from the Ministry of Intelligence arrested her and two other Bahais in Shiraz : Farzaan Ma`sumi ( فرزان معصومی) 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. She was released on bail about two weeks later.

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Atosa Ahmadaa’i sentenced: 4 years


HRANA, May 13, 2021. –

Atosa Ahmadaa’i Rafsanjaani ( آتسا احمدآئی رفسنجانی), a Bahai from Tehran, has been sentenced to eight years in prison by a Revolutionary Court headed by Judge Afshaari (قاضی افشاری). The trial was held on February 28. Mrs Ahmadaa’i was sentenced to four years in prison for forming a group to undermine state security, because she had applied to the Ministry of the Interior for permission to establish an NGO focussing on the empowerment of women who have no support. The Ministry declined her application because of her Bahai beliefs. She was also sentenced to three years in prison for “assembly and collusion to undermine state security” and to one year in prison for “propaganda against the regime.” Sentences in Iran are normally concurrent.

She was arrested in a raid on her home in Tehran on January 20, 2019, has held incommunicado in Evin prison for 38 days before being transferred to a general section of the prison. She was released on bail on March 6, 2019. Bail was set at 200 million tumans (39,000 euros ; $US 47,000). Her case file was passed to Judge Amouzaad (قاضی عموزاد), where it remained for the next two years, until Judge Afshaari, in another branch of the court, commandeered the file, simply because the accused is a Bahai. Judge Afshaari held a trial at which he insulted Mrs Ahmadaa’i and treated her lawyer badly, and issued a judgement in the case without detailed examination. The only evidence was her application to form an NGO for women.

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May 9, 2021

Three detainees bailed in Shiraz


HRANA, May 7 and May 8, 2021. –

Soroush Abaadi (سروش آبادی), Siyaamak Honavar (سیامک هنرور) and Qaasem Ma`sumi (قاسم معصومی) have been freed on bail in Shiraz. They are among the Bahais arrested in Shiraz on April 6. Mr. Ma`sumi was released from Adelabad prison on the evening of May 6. Soroush Abadi was released on bail of 800 million tumans (156,000 euros ; $US 190,000) on May 8. He was initially detained by the Ministry of Intelligence at their ‘Facility 100’ interrogation unit, and then taken to the high-security block at Adelabad prison, and then moved to the prisoner of conscience block on May 5. Mr. Honavar was also bailed on May 8.

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May 8, 2021

Mo’in Mohammadi summoned to prison in Yazd


HRANA, May 7, 2021. –

On May 6, Mo’in Muhammadi (معین محمدی) was summoned to the punishments implementation office and told he must report to prison within 10 days. He was arrested by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence on January 9, 2019. At the end of March he was sentenced to six years in prison by the Revolutionary Court in Yazd, and was released on bail on April 10. In July, the Review Court for the Province of Yazd reduced his sentence, for “propaganda against the regime” to one year of electronic surveillance by wearing a tracking bracelet. He was required to remain within the city of Yazd and the associated industrial park where he works.

The Prosecutor objected to the Review Court’s decision and the case was re-tried in Iran’s Supreme Court, which overturned the Review Court decision and returned the case to the Revolutionary Court where the Judge sentenced him to the maximum penalty for membership of groups opposed to the regime — 31 months and 16 days — but deducted the 12 months he wore an ankle bracelet to give a sentence of 19 months and 16 days.

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May 7, 2021

Sa`id Ettehaad bailed in Shiraz


HRANA, May 5, 2021. –

Sa`id Ettehaad (سعید اتحاد), one of the many Bahais arrested in Shiraz in April, was released on bail on May 5. He was arrested during the raids on Bahai homes in Shiraz on April 6.

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Another Bahai from Baharestan arrested, in Hendijan


HRANA, May 5, 2021. –

On May 5, agents from the security forces raided the home of Sho`lah Ashuri (شعله آشوری) in the city of Hendijan, in Iran’s Khuzestan Province, and arrested her. They also seized her mobile phone and a quantity of books, printed materials and images relating to the Bahai Faith. They gained entry by climbing over the wall, at a time when Mrs. Ashuri’s husband was not at home. Mrs. Ashuri is from Baharestan, in Isfahan Province, where ten Bahais have been arrested recently and numerous Bahai homes have been raided, including the home of her father. She moved to Hendijan two years ago.

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May 5, 2021

Shahnaaz Saabet released


HRANA, May 4, 2021. –

Shahnaaz Saabet (شهناز ثابت) was released from prison in Shiraz, where she was serving a two-year sentence. This follows the acceptance of her request for a new hearing. She began her sentence on October 6, 2020, so she has served seven months.

Mrs. Saabet was arrested in her home in Shiraz on September 1, 2019. She was initially sentenced to six years in prison, by Judge Sayyid Mahmud Saadaati (قاضی سید محمود ساداتی), on charges of “propaganda against the regime and membership in anti-regime group.” This was reduced to two years by the Review Court.

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May 4, 2021

Farzandi Ardakaani and Sadiqeh Aqdasi bailed in Shiraz


HRANA, May 3, 2021. –

Behrouz Farzandi Ardakaani (بهروز فرزندی اردکانی) and Sadiqeh Aqdasi (صدیقه اقدسی) were freed on bail on May 3. They were arrested on April 5 and 6 respectively, during a wave of home raids and arrests targetting the Bahai community in Shiraz. They were held in solitary confinement and under interrogation by the Revolutionary Guards’ intelligence arm, and were then taken to the Ministry of Intelligence Detention Facility 100. Mr. Vahid Daana (وحید دانا) and Sa`id `Aabadi (سعید عابدی) are also being held in Facility 100, in solitary confinement. Their arrest in late April was reported previously.

Mr. Ardakaani’s name was previously reported as Farzandi Ardakaani (فرزندی اردکانی). He is a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war and was held as a prisoner of war, and suffers from neurological and hearing problems caused by blast waves, as well as a heart disorder.

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May 2, 2021

More homes searched, tenth Bahai woman arrested, in Baharestan cluster


HRANA, April 30, 2021. –

On April 30, Shouraangiz Behaamin (شورانگیز بهامین), a Bahai from Baharestan [NB there seems to be a typo in the HRANA report: ابن شهر must be این سهر, ] was arrested at her father’s house in the village of Garuzeh in the Province of Kohgilyeh and Boyer-Ahmad. Her home in Baharestan had been searched by security agents on April 25, and her husband Mehrdaad Azhir (مهرداد آژیر) was beaten, but Mrs Behaamin was not present.

HRANA has also confirmed the identities of 28 Bahais whose homes in Baharestan and Isfahan have been raided in recent days. Many personal effects were seized during the raids, including money, Bahai materials, passports and degrees and certificates. I am going to excuse myself from transliterating the 28 names: they are in Persian script

منصور شیرازی، مهرداد آژیر (خانواده شورانگیز بهامین)، طوبی بهامین، عنایت

الله مطهر، صنم بهین آیین، افشین بهامین، مهرزاد پارسی نسب (خانواده ساناز راسته)، پرهام نقی پور، پژمان نقی پور(خانواده نسرین خادمی)، بهرام رضوانی خواه (خانواده آزیتا رضوانی خواه)، فرح راستی نژاد، پرویز رحمانی(خانواده مژگان پورشفیع)، افشین وجدانی(همسر نوشین همت، خانواده همت (والدین نوشین همت)، سروش شکیب(خانواده سارا شکیب)، کاووس آشوری، حمید بهنام(خانواده فیروزه راستی نژاد)، فرزاد روحی(خانواده مریم خورسندی)، رویا آزادخوش، ایران دانش نیا، حمید اتحادی، شیروان خواص، سهراب رضوانی، سیامک گلشن، سهیل برازنده، امیرحسین خرسندی(برادر مریم خورسندی)، خانم زارعی و بشری مطهر

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Sa`id `Aabadi and Vahid Daana again arrested in Shiraz


Iran Wire, April 29, 2021. –

On April 28, agents from the security forces raided the homes of Sa`id `Aabadi (سعید عابدی) and Vahid Daana (وحید دانا) and arrested them. Mr. Daana and Mr. `Ebadi, and other Bahais, were arrested in Shiraz on August 5, 2014. They were released on bail on September 28 and October 21, respectively. They were sentenced to one year in prison and one year in exile by a Revolutionary Court in Shiraz, charged with propaganda against the regime and in favour of its enemies. They were tried in a closed court, and sentenced by Judge Sayyid Mahmud Sadati (سید محمود ساداتی). Neither the defendants nor their lawyers were informed of that trial. Their respective places of exile were Arsanjan and Darab. In December, 2018, the Review Court for Fars Province reduced those sentences to six months in prison. In February 2019, while they were waiting their turn for a place in prison, they were among the five Bahais from Shiraz who benefited from amnesties for prisoners of conscience marking February 11, the anniversary of the fall of the Pahlavi Monarchy. They were advised, via their lawyer, that they would not be required to serve their sentences.

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April 27, 2021

Ninth arrest in Baharestan cluster; Afshin Vajdani released


HRANA, April 26, 2021. –

Maryam Khorsandi (مریم خورسندی), a Bahai from Baharestan who has recently moved to Isfahan city, was arrested there on April 25. As previously reported, thirteen Bahai homes were raided, and eight Bahais were arrested, in Baharestan, Isfahan, on the morning of April 25. Agents entered the family home by climbing a wall, searched it and seized mobile telephones, laptops, and books and images relating to the Bahai Faith. They also seized 50,000 dollars [sic] in cash, belonging to Mrs. Khorsandi’s brother who had recently returned to Iran and intended to buy a home. Mrs. Khorsandi is in the midst of a course of chemotherapy, but when she was taken away, no medicines were taken with her.

Afshin Vajdaani (افشین وجدانی), one of the eight Bahais arrested in Baharestan, Isfahan Province on April 25, was released a few hours after his arrest. The families of the detainees have no information about the reasons for the arrests and where they are being held.

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April 26, 2021

Home searches and arrests in Baharestan, Isfahan Province

HRANA, April 25, 2021. –

Thirteen Bahai homes were raided, and eight Bahais were arrested, in Baharestan, Isfahan, on the morning of April 25. Those arrested are named as Saara Shakib (سارا شکیب), Firouzeh Rastinejaad (فیروزه راستی نژاد), Saanaaz Raasteh (ساناز راسته), Azita Rezvaani ( آزیتا رضوانی), Mozhgaan Pourshafi` (مژگان پورشفیع), Nasreen Khaademi (نسرین خادمی), Afshin Vajdaani (افشین وجدانی) and his wife Noushin Hemmat (نوشین همت). The names of those arrested have been confirmed, but HRANA is still fact-checking on the names of the home-owners who were targetted in the raid.

It is not known where these eight are being detained. During the home raids, agents seized laptops and cell phones and printed materials, some of them relating to the Bahai Faith. They also took family photographs and CDs. There was some violence during the raid on Saara Shakib’s house. The agents at her home also had a warrant for Samira Shakib (سمیرا شکیب). The other raids were also violent, and in one case a door was broken down because there was nobody home.

Saara Shakib’s brother, Sina Shakib (سینا شکیب), a fourth semester student of statistics and applications at the University of Isfahan, was recently expelled because of his Bahai beliefs. In 2016, Saara Shakib was a new student of Statistics and Applications at the Kashan campus of Iran’s National University. She was expelled first from the student accommodation, and then from the University, because of her Bahai beliefs. Another sister, Samira Shakib, was barred from enrolling in a tertiary institution, when her file was marked “incomplete.” The siblings’ mother was also barred from university.

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April 24, 2021

Authorities close Bahai cemetery in Tehran

Iran Press Watch, April 22, 2021. –

Iranian authorities have banned the Bahais of Tehran from burying their loved ones in a space previously allocated to them in Tehran’s Khavaran cemetery. After the 1979 Revolution, the Iranian government began to desecrate, and in some cases demolish, Bahai cemeteries in Tehran and all around the country.
In 1981, the central Bahai cemetery in Tehran was confiscated, and more than 15,000 graves were demolished. Later a parcel of land in this cemetery was assigned to the Bahais, but the government refused to sell the property to the Bahais and has since substantially increased the price of each burial plot.

The cemetery land assigned to the Bahais would have been sufficient for several decades. However, agents from the Security Office of the Behesht-e Zahra Organization, which manages Khavaran, have now banned the community from using these plots. The Security Officer reportedly issued threats against Bahais who were attempting to use the allocated land.

The Bahais are now being forced to choose between impossible options. One is to use the narrow gaps between existing graves to bury their loved ones, the other is to use a mass burial site authorities claim to have recently emptied. This site is known to be the burial place of thousands of political prisoners killed in early years of the Islamic revolution, and at least 50 martyred Bahais.

“Prohibiting individuals from burying their loved ones in a befitting manner, when they are already in grief, is beyond inhumane,” said Diane Ala’i, Representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations in Geneva. “The Bahais respect the resting places of all and, given that over many decades the Bahai community has faced the desecration of its own cemeteries, they do not want anyone to experience the same pain by burying their dead where others [the political prisoners] recently lay.”

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April 20, 2021

Manizheh A`zamiyaan arrested and released in Babol


HRANA, April 19, 2021. –

On April 13, security forces in Babol, a city on the Caspian Coast, arrested Mrs. Manizheh A`zamiyaan (منیژه اعظمیان). Next day, she was released on bail of 50 million tumans (10,000 euros ; $US 12,000). Four days before her arrest, security forces raided her home and seized some personal effects including mobile phones, computer hard drives, flash drives, and pictures, books and other printed matter relating to the Bahai Faith. After the morning search, the agents asked her to go to the office of the Ministry of Intelligence in Babol for interrogation. She did so, and was questioned for several hours. This was repeated several times in the days before her arrest. Mrs. A`zamiyaan is 52 years old. Intelligence agents also contacted several of her contacts, stored on her mobile phone, and summoned them for questioning about their contacts with Mrs. A`zamiyaan.

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Murder of Ataa’ollah Rezvaani to be investigated


HRANA, April 19, 2021. –

Seven years and seven months after the murder of Ataa’ollah Rezvaani (طاالله رضوانی) in Bandar Abbas, the case has been referred to the Prosecutor for a new investigation. Mr. Rezvaani, a well-known member of the Bahai community in Bandar Abbas, was killed on August 24, 2013. He was shot in the head and the body was found in his car in a desert area. The police initially claimed this was suicide, but the weapon was not found, and his cell phone was also taken. He was lured from his home by a call to his cell phone. The case has languished since then in the hands of the court, who have shown no inclination to investigate, which suggests the involvement of a person or persons that the court regarded as untouchable.

Mr. Rezvani was well-known as a Bahai. For three years he was one of the three Bahais who served as local facilitators (Khademin) for the Bahais in the area, which would have involved interactions with local authorities on behalf of the Bahais, on matters such as burials. His life had previously been threatened by fanatical elements within the city administration, by the office of the Imam Jam`eh and by the Ministry of Intelligence. He was loved and respected by the people of Bandar Abbas for his honesty and helpfulness. As a young man, he was expelled from his engineering studies at university because he was a Bahai. He became an expert in water purification, and his work took him to other cities. In the period before his death, agents of the Ministry of Intelligence had been pressuring him to leave the city, and he was receiving menacing telephone calls from unknown persons.

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April 15, 2021

Mo’in Mohammadi again sentenced to prison


HRANA, April 2021. –

A Revolutionary Court in Yazd has sentenced Mo’in Muhammadi (معین محمدی) to 19 months and 16 days in prison, based on a case file for which he has already been tried, sentenced, had his sentence reduced by the Review Court to electronic monitoring by wearing a tracking bracelet for one year, and has served out that penalty. The trial judge in the resentencing is Amir-Hossein Qarehqaani (قاضی امیرحسین قره قانی).

He was arrested by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence on January 9, 2019. At the end of March he was sentenced to six years in prison by the Revolutionary Court in Yazd, and was released on bail on April 10. In July, the Review Court for the Province of Yazd reduced his sentence, for “propaganda against the regime” to one year of electronic surveillance by wearing a tracking bracelet. He was required to remain within the city of Yazd and the associated industrial park where he works. The Review Court acquitted him of another charge of membership of groups opposed to the regime.

The Prosecutor objected to the Review Court’s decision and the case was re-tried in Iran’s Supreme Court, which overturned the Review Court decision and returned the case to the Revolutionary Court where the Judge has sentenced him to the maximum penalty for membership of groups opposed to the regime — 31 months and 16 days — but has deducted the 12 months he wore an ankle bracelet to give a sentence of 19 months and 16 days. The Revolutionary Court also sentenced him to 7 months and 16 days for propaganda against the regime, but this time is not added to his sentence because the two sentences are concurrent, as usual under Iranian law. Mr. Mohammadi was not aware of the Prosecutor’s objection or the Supreme Court trial, and was therefore not represented or defended. The Supreme Court’s decision has not been formally notified, let alone explained.

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Eight Bahais free on furlough in Bandar Abbas


HRANA, April 15, 2021. –

Arash Raasekhi (آرش راسخی), Omid Afaaqi (امید آفاقی), Mehrollah Afshaar (مهرالله افشار), Nasim Qanawaateyaan (نسیم قنواتیان), Adib Haqq-pazhuh (ادیب حق پژوه), Farhaad Amri (فرهاد امری), Maaraal Raasti (مارال راستی) and Mahnaaz Jaan-Nethaar (مهناز جان نثار) were released from prison on April 14. They began their one and two-year sentences in late February and early April, and the report does not indicate why they would be granted furlough so soon. A previous report on Sen’s Daily has details of their trials and sentences.

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April 9, 2021

Another home raided in Shiraz

HRANA, April 8, 2021. –

On April 7, security agents raided the home of William Momtaaziyaan (ویلیام ممتازیان) in Shiraz, confiscating a computer hard drive, mobile telephones, electronic equipment and Bahai books. Mr. Momtaaziyaan is the father-in-law of Soroush Abaadi (سروش آبادی), one of seven Bahais arrested in home raids in Shiraz on April 6.

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Four Bahai women go to jail in Mashhad


HRANA, April 6, 2021. –

Nika Paakzaadaan (نیکا پاکزادان), Saanaaz Es-haaqi (ساناز اسحاقی), Nakisa Hajipour (نکیسا حاجی پور) and Noghmeh Dhabihayan (نغمه ذبیحیان) began their one-year sentences in Mashhad’s Vakil-Abaad prison on April 6. These four were arrested, tried and sentenced in a group of five: Faraaneh Daaneshgari (فرانه دانشگری) is not mentioned in this report. The five were arrested on November 13, 2015, at the same time as agents from the Ministry of Intelligence also arrested 15 other Bahais in Tehran and Isfahan, and Bahai-run businesses were closed down in Mazandaran Province. Judge Baagh-dehi (قاضی باغ دهی), sitting in the Revolutionary Court in Mashhad on 28 September, 2019, sentenced them to one year in prison and the Review Court for Khorasan Province confirmed the prison terms in late December.

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Seven arrests in Shiraz


HRANA, April 7, 2021. –

Sa`id Ettehaad (سعید اتحاد), Qaasem Ma`sumi (قاسم معصومی), Siyaamak Honavar (سیامک هنرور), Soroush Abaadi (سروش آبادی), Sadiqeh Aqdasi (صدیقه اقدسی) and `Aliyyeh Farutan (عالیه فروتن) were arrested in home raids in Shiraz on April 6, and Farzandi Ardakaani (فرزندی اردکانی) was arrested the previous evening. During the raids, agents from the Ministry of Intelligence seized their personal effects such as books and electronic devices. They were arrested and taken to a detention centre. Latest reports indicate that the home raids have continued in Shiraz — more details are expected.

Soroush Abaadi was one of three Bahais arrested on October 21, 2019: it was later claimed that the three Bahais were holding a religious ceremony intended to eclipse the Arba’een Pilgrimage in Karbala. [!]

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