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April 20, 2019

Saeed Nasseri bailed in Tehran

Campaign for Prisoners of Conscience, April 19, 2019. –

Saeed Nasseri (سعید ناصری), who was arrested in Tehran on March 11, was released on bail on April 18. Bail was set at 500 million tumans ( 105,000 euros; $US 119,000 ). He was arrested after going to the Evin detention center to inquire about the condition of his brother Hamid (حمید ناصری), arrested on the same day, and of his wife Afsaneh Emami-Nasseri ((افسانه امامی(ناصری), arrested 40 days earlier. She has since been released, also on bail of 500 million tumans, but Hamid Nasseri remains in prison.

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April 1, 2019

Zhinous Sobhani arrested in Tehran, and released


HRANA, March 31, 2019. – (and update)

Zhinous Sobhani ( ژینوس سبحانی ), a Bahai human rights activist who has been arrested and sentenced previously, was arrested at her home in Tehran on March 31. Security agents searched her home and seized a laptop and telephone. The reasons for her arrest and the place of detention is not known. Ms. Sobhani, a former secretary of the Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights, and a member of the Organisation for Mine Clearance, was arrested on January 15, 2000, and bailed on March 11 of that year. She was arrested again in January, 2010. On October 13, 2010 she was sentenced to two years in prison.

[Update] She was released about 24 hours later.

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March 17, 2019

Afsaaneh Emaami bailed, her husband Sa`id Naaseri arrested, in Tehran


HRANA, March 14, 2018.

Sa`id Naaseri (سعید ناصری) was arrested in Tehran at about 11 a.m. on March 11, after reporting to the Public Prosecutor’s office at Evin Prison. He was allowed a telephone call to tell family that he had been arrested. He had gone to Evin Prison to inquire about his wife, Afsaaneh Emaami (افسانه امامی), who was arrested on February 2, and also about his brother, Hamid Naasseri (حمید ناصری), who had been arrested a few hours previously, on the morning of March 11.

A separate report indicates that Afsaaneh Emaami was released on bail on March 16. Bail was set at 500 million tumans ( 105,000 euros ; $US 120,000 [or one tenth as much, if the bail was actually in Rials]). Curiously, she was not released from the prison gates, where her family had gone to meet her: rather the family were first sent away, and then she was dropped at a metro station. [The authorities presumably sought to prevent the family photograph in front of the prison gates which is almost customary when Bahai prisoners are released. ~Sen]

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March 12, 2019

One arrest in Tehran


Campaign for Prisoners of Conscience, March 11, 2019. –

On the morning of March 11, security forces arrested Hamid Naasseri (حمید ناصری), a Bahai living in Tehran at his work. It is assumed that he has been taken to Evin Prison.

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March 7, 2019

Atosa Ahmadaa’i bailed in Tehran


HRANA, March 6, 2019. –

Atosa Ahmadaa’i Rafsanjaani ( آتسا احمدآئی رفسنجانی) was released on bail from Evin Prison in Tehran on March 6. 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 allowed contact with her family on March 2. She has been charged with “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against the security of the country.”

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March 1, 2019

Bahai scholar and translator Faruq Izadinia describes his own trial


Iran Press Watch, February 28, 2019. –

The court hearing for the charges against Faruq Izadinia (فاروق ایزدی نیا ), a scholar, translator and Bahai citizen of Tehran, was held last week in the Revolutionary Court of Tehran. The author, who is again free on bail, describes the process of his prosecution and last week’s court hearing in an open letter which Iran Press Watch has translated. He was arrested when his home was raided at 10.30 a.m. on February 12, 2017. He has also been arrested previously for his religious beliefs, including being among those sentenced to death in the 1980’s, but this sentence was reversed and he was released after a five-year prison term. The full report and his description of his trial is on Iran Press Watch.

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February 28, 2019

Bahai woman sentenced to five years for celebrating prophet’s birth


HRANA, February 27, 2019. –

Ghazaaleh Baaqeri-Taari (غزاله باقری طاری), a Bahai from Tehran whose 2017 arrest was not previously reported on Sen’s Daily, was informed this week that she has been sentenced to five years in prison. She was arrested on October 21, 2017, during a devotional meeting in her home to commemorate the bicentennial of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Bahai religion who was born in Tehran in 1817. The security agents who raided her home and seized Bahai books and other personal effects demanded that all her guests should sign a pledge that they would not participate in Bahai activities. Over three weeks later, she was released on bail of 200 million tumans (41,000 euros ; $US 47,000). Her trial was held in a Revolutionary Court in Tehran on December 18, 2018. She was charged with “acting against national security through membership and administration of Bahai activities.”

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Atosa Ahmadaa’i moved from solitary confinement


HRANA, February 28, 2019. –

Atosa Ahmadaa’i Rafsanjani ( آتسا احمدآئی رفسنجانی), who was arrested in a raid on her home in Tehran on January 20, 2019, has been held incommunicado in Evin prison for 38 days. Today her family had the first news of her: she has been transferred from solitary confinement in a section of Evin Prison run by the Judiciary’s intelligence agency to a general section of the same prison. She has been denied access to her family since the time of her arrest, and Evin prison authorities refused to accept any personal belongings, health, money or clothing for her. Her family have now been told that they will be able to visit her from March 2. Her first name was previously reported on this blog as Atusa (آتوسا). There are no indications yet of the charges or reason for her arrest.

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February 4, 2019

New arrest in Tehran


HRANA, February 3, 2019. –

Afsaaneh Emaami (افسانه امامی), a Bahai from Tehran, was arrested at her home on the evening of February 2. A source close to Emaami said that the agents searched her house thoroughly and confiscated her mobile phone, computer, books, and essays and took her to an undisclosed location.

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January 24, 2019

New arrest in Tehran


HRANA, January 20, 2019. –

On January 20, a team of eight agents from the Ministry of Intelligence, including one woman, raided the home of Atusa Ahmadaa’i Khorrami ((آتوسا احمدآئی (خرمی)) in Tehran, where they seized laptops, books and religious items before taking her away. The agents did not tell her family where they were taking her, but said “we will be in touch.” They said she was suspected of activities against national security. Mrs. Ahmadaa’i and her family are at present caring for her elderly father, who has suffered a stroke.
Update: she was taken to Evin Prison in Tehran.

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December 5, 2018

Sepideh Keshaavarz bailed in Tehran


HRANA, December 5, 2018. –

As previously reported, on November 20, the home of Mrs. Sepideh Keshaavarz (سپیده کشاورز) was searched, some books and electronic devices were seized, and she was arrested. She was detained in Evin Prison for interrogation, and was released on bail on December 4. Bail was set at 500 million tumans (105,000 euros ; $US 119,000).

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December 4, 2018

Shahrzaad Nazifi free on bail


HRANA, December 4, 2018. –

Shahrzaad Nazifi (شهرزاد نظیفی), a well-known champion and trainer in women’s motocross who was arrested by security forces on November 18, was freed on bail on December 3. She had been detained at Evin Prison in Tehran. Bail was set at 700 million tumans (147,000 euros ; $US 167,000 ). She was arrested on a motocross track, and taken to her home which was searched for about five hours. The agents seized books, mobile phones and laptops. They had already searched the house once, in a previous raid lasting several hours on November 10. Mrs. Nazifi, her husband Mehrshaad Naraaqi (مهرشاد نراقی) and their daughter Noura Naraaqi (نورا نراقی) are prominent in motocross sport in Iran, and women’s participation in particular.

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November 30, 2018

Mahvash `Adaalati bailed in Tehran

mahvash-edalati-300x191HRANA, November 29, 2018. –

Mrs Mahvash `Adaalati-Za’iri (مهوش عدالتی (زائری)) was released on bail in Tehran on November 29. Her home was searched for three hours on November 20, with the seizure of Bahai books and other personal effects, and she was summoned to Evin Prison for interrogation on November 26, and arrested after two hours of interrogation. Interrogations continued in the following days.

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November 24, 2018

Home raid and summons in Tehran


HRANA, November 22, 2018. –

On November 20, security agents raided the home of Farid Ismaa`ili (فرید اسماعیلی), seizing mobile telephone, laptops and books and images relating to the Bahai Faith. They left a summons requiring him to report to Evin Prison in Tehran.

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September 19, 2018

Bahai student expelled from Tehran technical college


Hamid Rezataghipour, September 19, 2018. –

Nikan Sheydan-Shaydi, a Bahai student in the third semester of an Intermediate study in moulding technology at the Technical College of Tehran, has been expelled because of his Bahai beliefs. He began his studies in February 2017. He was summoned to the Institute’s security office [a branch of the Ministry of Intelligence] and asked why he had enrolled, since he was a Bahai? “There is no place for Bahais here, just like the universities.” However he was told that he could change the religion field in his student records, and continue with his studies.

In recent days the number of Bahai students who have just passed the University Entrance examination, and find they are excluded from tertiary education on the excuse of “incomplete file,” has risen beyond 50. In previous years the total has been above 100 each year.

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August 20, 2018

Another Bahai student expelled in Tehran

Hamid Rezataghpour, August 19, 2018. –

Roumina `Asgari (رومینا عسگری ), an undergraduate student at the Tehran Central campus of Iran’s Free University, has been expelled because of her Bahai beliefs. She has completed four semesters of her degree. Unusually, she was informed of her expulsion in writing, the reason given was “abnormal social behaviour, efforts to undermine the order, peace and security of the nation.” Yet she has not actually been attending classes in the last 6 months, having taken a one-semester suspension of her studies.

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August 12, 2018

Mehrdad Heyrani free after 3 months’ interrogation


Kalameh TV, August 11, 2018. –

Mehrdad Heyrani (مهرداد حیرانی), an elderly Bahai from Tehran, was released from Evin Prison today (Saturday) after three months’ interrogation. Bail is reported at 1.2 billion tumans, but should I think read 1.2 billion rials (the official currency unit), which is 25,000 euros or $US 29,000 at the current official rate. Mr. Heyrani was arrested by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence on May 11, while he was at a friend’s house in Fardis, 45 km West of Tehran. The agents returned with them to his own home. They searched it and seized a computer, some religious books and other personal effects.

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May 12, 2018

One new arrest in Tehran

HRANA, May 12, 2018. –

Mehrdad Heyrani (مهرداد حیرانی), a Bahai living in Tehran, was arrested by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence on May 11, and taken to an unknown place. The agents came to his home, but he was at a friend’s house in Fardis, 45 km West of Tehran. The agents went there and arrested him and took him with them to his own home. They searched it and seized a computer, some religious books and other personal effects.

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April 3, 2018

Shahab Dehqani released after four years


Iran Press Watch, March 26, 2018.

Shahab Dehqani ( شهاب دهقانی), a Bahai from Tehran was released from Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, upon the completion his four-year sentence. He was arrested in July 2012 during a massive security operation against Bahais. Nearly 20 Baha’is, in the cities of Tehran, Mashhad and Shiraz, were arrested in this operation. Mr. Dehqani was charged with propaganda against the regime and forming illegal assemblies, and sentenced to four years by the notorious abuser of human rights, Judge Moqayesseh (قاضی مقیسه, also spelled محمد مقیسه‌ای), who was also responsible for sentencing the seven “Yaran” on trumped-up charges of espionage. He reported to Evin Prison to serve his four-year on May 24, 2014. The next day, he was transferred to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj. He was granted a 3-day prison furlough in June, 2015.

Mr. Dehghani’s wife, Shomais Mohajer (شمیس مهاجر) was arrested at the same time and sentenced to one year in prison on charges of propaganda against the regime and illegal gathering. She was released on May 26, 2015.

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April 2, 2018

Nasim Baqeri released after 4 years


HRANA, March 29, 2018.

Nasim Baqeri (نسیم باقری), one of 10 Bahais associated with the Bahai Open University (BIHE) who were tried in Tehran on March 12, 2013, has been released from Tehran’s Evin Prison at the end of her 4-year sentence. The Judge who sentenced her is the notorious abuser of human rights, Judge Moqayesseh (قاضی مقیسه, also spelled محمد مقیسه‌ای), who was also responsible for sentencing the “Yaran” on trumped-up charges of espionage.

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February 2, 2018

Sima Kiani begins her one-year sentence in Shahr-e Rey


Iran Press Watch, February 1, 2018.

On January 27, 2018, Sima Kiani (سیما کیانی), a Bahai resident of Shahr-e Rey, near Tehran, was tried and convicted on the charge of propaganda against the regime, and sentenced to one year in prison by the Shahr-e Rey Revolutionary Court. A source close to Ms. Kiani’s family reported, “At noon yesterday, Sima was sentenced to one year in prison at the Shahr-e Rey revolutionary court. After the end of the session, Sima was arrested and transferred to jail.”

Ms. Kiani was arrested by Security Forces for the first time on March 8, 2017 and had been out on bail of 200 million Tomans (equal to $45,000) since early April 2017. It is said that at the time of her arrest. all of Ms. Kiani’s books, articles, CDs, as well as her personal computer, were confiscated by Security Forces.

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December 21, 2017

Yashar Rezvani sentenced to 2 years in prison in Tehran


HRANA, December 20, 2017.

Yashar Rezvani (یاشار رضوانی), a Bahai from Kerman who has been living in Tehran, has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for “membership of the Bahai organisation.” At his trial,
Mr. Rezvani pointed out that no such organisation exists [in Iran, where it was banned and dissolved after the 1979 Revolution ~Sen], so he could not be a member. He was represented by a lawyer.

Mr. Rezvani was arrested in a raid on his home on August 3. After 33 days of solitary confinement and interrogation in Evin Prison, he was transferred to a general wing of the same prison. He was released on bail of 200 million tumans (56,000 euros; 64,000 $US), on September 28, pending his trial. He has 20 days to appeal, and his sentence has to be confirmed by the provincial Review Court.

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December 20, 2017

Negin Qadameyan begins her sentence


HRANA, December 18, 2017.

Negin Qadameyan (نگین قدمیان) a Bahai from Tehran who has been sentenced to five years in prison for educational crimes in relation to the Bahai Open University (BIHE), was arrested at
an airport on December 16, and has been taken to Evin Prison to begin her sentence. She was arrested, along with many others associated with the Open University, in May, 2011. On March 12, 2013, she and nine other Bahais associated with the Open University were tried. After the trial they were freed on bail or with a pledge, until summoned to begin their sentences.

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November 3, 2017

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 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 5, 2017

Five years for five Tehran Bahais; good news in Mashhad

Payam News (Facebook), October 4.

Navid Aqdasi (نوید اقدسی), Yahvah Haqiqat Mehlabani ( یاور حقیقت مهلبانی), Helia Moshtaq (هلیا مشتاق), Nava Monjazeb Qamasari (نوا منجذب قمصری) and Negar Baqeri Tari’ (نگار باقری طاری ) have been sentenced to five years in prison for their Bahai beliefs. The sentence, in the “magistrate’s” court will be reviewed in the Provincial Court of Review. They were among 20 Bahais who were arrested in Tehran, Isfahan and Mashhad on November 15, 2015, two of whom were released within a few hours.

Following their arrests, they were held for interrogation for over a month, and then abiled. Bail for Mrs. Monjazeb, Baqeri and Haqiqat was set at 100 million tumans (31,000 euros, $US 33,000). I do not know the bail for the other two
detainees in Tehran.

In April this year it was announced that Khoshayar and Shayan Tafazolli ( خشایار و شایان تفضلی ) and Sina Aqdas-zadeh ( سینا اقدس زاده ), Bahais from Mashhad, were sentenced by Judge Mansouri (قاضی منصوری) to one year in prison on charges of propaganda against the regime. However the latest report — probably revised following the Court of Review’s ruling, but the report says it comes from the Revolutionary (ideological crimes) Court — is that Shayan Tafazolli was acquitted, and the other two received a one-year sentence to be suspended for five years.

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October 3, 2017

Behnam Rouhanifard free on bail


Payam News (Facebook), October 3, 2017.

Behnam Rouhanifard (بهنام روحانی فرد), a Bahai singer-songwriter, was released on bail from Evin Prison in Tehran today. He was arrested when agents stopped his car in the streets of Tehran on September 3 this year. He was taken to his home, which was searched, and agents filmed the search and all the details of the house. On July 4 this year he was stopped at Tehran Airport, on his return from a European concert tour, and questioned by security officials. Personal effects such as his passport, a mobile phone, laptop and books were seized, and he has been trying unsuccessfully to get these returned. In October 2009, Mr. Rouhanifard was sentenced to 9 months in prison for singing Bahai songs(links to Youtube). He served his sentence in Yazd Prison.

September 29, 2017

New arrest in Tehran


Payam News (Facebook), September 29, 2017.

Kamran Shahidi (کامران شهیدی), a Bahai living in Tehran, 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 were seized. They then went to the home of his sister and daughter and seized all the gold, along with books and pictures relating to the Bahai Faith. Four days later, the attempts of his family to find out where he is being detained have been fruitless.

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