Baha’i Researcher and Author, Touraj Amini, Sentenced to Prison and Exile

June 24, 2020 , , Leave a comment

Source: www.hra-news.org

Translation by Iran Press Watch

According to the HRANA, the news arm of the Human Rights Activists in Iran, Touraj Amini, a Baha’i researcher and author living in Karaj, was sentenced by the Karaj Revolutionary Court to one year imprisonment and two years in exile.

HRANA News Agency – Touraj Amini, a Baha’i researcher and author living in Karaj, was sentenced by the Karaj Revolutionary Court to one year imprisonment and two years in exile. Mr. Amini’s home was searched by the security forces last summer during which a number of his personal belongings, including Mr. Amini’s books and notes and his personal laptop, were confiscated and taken away.

According to the verdict issued by the Karaj Revolutionary Court, Mr. Amini was sentenced to one year in prison and two years in exile on charges of “propaganda against the regime.”

A source close to the Baha’i family told HRANA: “Mr. Amini has been charged with “propaganda against the regime”, while his published books and historical articles are about the Qajar and Pahlavi eras.

Mr. Amini’s home was searched by the security forces on August 5, 2019, during which a number of his personal belongings, including Mr. Amini’s books and notes and his personal laptop, were confiscated and taken away. Following this action, the officers told Mr. Amini that he would be summoned to the Karaj Intelligence Office in the coming days.

The Baha’i citizen is said to have also been detained for some time, previously in March of 2008, by the security forces.

Among Touraj Amini’s works are the books “Interaction of Religious Minorities and the Iranian Constitutional Revolution”, “Iranian Baha’i Documents” (5 volumes), “Documents from Contemporary Iranian Zoroastrians” and “Hidden Resurrection: Reopening towards the Babi and Baha’i Religions and their relationship with the Intellectual Movement in Iran”.

Baha’i citizens in Iran are deprived of liberties of practicing their religious beliefs. This systematic deprivation of liberty occurs while Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights entitle any individual to freedom of religion and belief and also freedom to express it individually or collectively and in public or in private.

According to unofficial sources, there are more than 300,000 Baha’is in Iran, but Iran’s constitution only recognizes Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism and does not recognize the Baha’i faith. For this reason, the rights of Baha’is in Iran have been systematically violated over past years.


Iran’s regime escalates violent persecution of Baha’is

At least 77 Baha’is face a new wave repression for their religious faith

Bahai Gardens 390 (photo credit: Reuters)
Bahai Gardens 390
(photo credit: Reuters)
The Islamic Republic of Iran has ignited a new round of violent persecution toward the Baha’i minority religious group over the last month.



Bahá’í World News Service (BWNS) reported on June 11 that “Baha’is in the provinces of Fars, South Khorasan, Mazandaran, Isfahan, Alborz, Kerman, Kermanshah, and Yazd have been arrested, summoned to court, tried, sentenced to jail or imprisoned, all under baseless accusations.”


BWNS said the violence targeting Baha’is is taking place “for no reason other than a deep-seated antagonism to the Baha’i faith and its teachings, which emphasize truthfulness, equality of men and women, safeguarding the rights of all people, and the harmony of science and religion.”


“The recent incidents have placed great pressures on so many families,” said Bani Dugal, the Principal Representative of the Baha’i International Community, told the BWNS. “Subjecting them to the constant threat of imprisonment under these circumstances and emotional anguish associated with it is yet another attempt to place greater strain on the community. And to do all this during a health crisis, at an alarmingly escalated rate without any justification whatsoever, is extremely cruel and outrageous.”


According to the BWNS article, “the Iranian authorities have escalated their persecution of the Baha’is, targeting at least 77 individuals across the country in recent weeks despite the present health crisis afflicting the country.”


Iran’s regime has engaged in widespread persecution of the Baha’i community before, including the murder of members of the Baha’i religion, since the founding of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979. Tehran enforces state-sponsored discrimination against the Baha’i community in all walks of life.


The 2019 United States Commission on International Religious Freedom report said the Iranian regime continued the harassment, interrogation and detention of Baha’i followers as well as judicial trials against at least 65 of them within a six-month period.



Amin Dhulfaqaari arrested in Yazd

HRANA, May 26, 2020. –

Amin Dhulfaqaari (امین ذوالفقاری), a Bahai from Yazd, was arrested on May 21 and taken to the city’s prison. It is reported that the detention order specified that he would be held for one month, He is expected to be charged with teaching the Bahai Faith.

Birjand: Nine Baha’is Have Been Sentenced to a Total of 51 Years and Eight Months in Prison

May 4, 2020 , , 3 Comments

Source: www.hra-news.org

Translation by Iran Press Watch

HRANA – Nine Baha’i citizens ‒ Rahmatollah Deimi, Atieh Salehi, Ataollah Malaki, Farzaneh Deimi, Nasrin Ghadiri, Banafsheh Mokhtari, Arezoo Mohammadi, Saeed Malaki and Roya Malaki ‒ have been sentenced to a total of 51 years and 8 months in prison by the Birjand Revolutionary Court. The trials of these citizens were held on April 20th of this year.

According to the HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists in Iran, nine Baha’i citizens were sentenced by the Birjand Revolutionary Court to a total of 51 years and eight months in prison.

According to the verdict issued by Branch 2 of the Birjand Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Hojjat Nabavi, Birjand Baha’is Atieh Salehi, Ataollah Maleki, Farzaneh Deimi, Nasrin Ghadiri, Banafsheh Mokhtari, Arezoo Mohammadi, Saeed Malaki and Roya Malaki were each sentenced to six years in prison. Rahmatollah Deimi was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison, due to his advanced age.

The charges against these citizens are “membership in the illegal and anti-security deviant Baha’i sect, and propaganda in favor of the Baha’i group as an organization opposed to the sacred Islamic Republic.”

A well-informed source told HRANA: “During the celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet of the Baha’i Faith, the arrest of Baha’is and the sealing of their businesses took place in various cities in Iran. The city of Birjand was also not spared these attacks on the Baha’i community; in mid-October 2017, the security forces of Birjand entered the homes of these individuals, searched their homes, and confiscated a number of their personal belongings. These citizens were summoned to court again in 2019 for interrogation, and their trial date was set for April 20, 2020. However, on April 21 2020, they were notified via text that their verdicts had already been issued; on April 22, their sentences were made accessible via the court website.”

Regarding the circumstances of Nasrin Ghadiri, who is not from Birjand, this informed source told HRANA: “Ms. Qadiri is 60 years old and is a resident of Mashhad. She only resided in Birjand temporarily, from 2014 to 2017, to care for her sick father. In October 2017 when, on orders of the Intelligence Ministry, security forces went to the homes of these Baha’is, Ms. Ghadiri was in Mashhad and not in Birjand; nevertheless, security forces went to her father’s home in Birjand and confiscated her personal belongings anyway. She had been previously arrested and imprisoned in 1983 and  2010.

Nine other Baha’i citizens were also tried in Birjand in July 2019 and sentenced to prison. They were sent to prison in December 2020 to serve their sentences, and are currently on leave as a result of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country.

Baha’i citizens of Iran are systematically deprived of religious freedoms, while according to Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a signatory, all people are entitled to freedom of religion, belief, and changes thereof, as well as the right to express and practice those beliefs as individuals or collectives, in public or in private.

Though unofficial, sources estimate the Baha’i population of Iran at more than 300,000. Iran’s Constitution officially recognizes only Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism, and does not acknowledge the Baha’i faith as an official religion. As a result, the rights of Baha’is in Iran are systematically violated.




Baha’i Carpenter Arrested, Charged with Building Boxes for Prayer Books

May 5, 2020 , , 1 Comment

Source: iranwire.com

Kian Sabeti

On May 2, at around 4pm, three groups of officers identifying themselves as Revolutionary Guards intelligence agents, simultaneously raided the homes of three Baha’i citizens living in Isfahan. The Baha’is were Shahzad Hosseini, Shayan Hosseini, son of Shahzad, and Shahzad’s mother. Shayan Hosseini was arrested and the father, Shahzad Hosseini, has been summoned to report to Isfahan‘s Revolutionary Guards Intelligence Office tomorrow, May 6.A relative of Hosseini’s family told IranWire: “Officers first went to Ms. Hosseini’s house [Shahzad Hosseini’s mother] and introduced themselves as agents of the National Headquarters for Fighting Coronavirus through the intercom. The 70-year-old woman, who recently underwent leg surgery and was unable to walk properly, was reluctant to open the door, but the officers brutally entered the house by breaking a window and tearing off the window’s’ mosquito net. The old woman was upset when she saw the officers in her house and fell to the ground – half-losing consciousness. Shahzad was informed and immediately went to his mother’s home. Once there, his wife called him and said that other officers were simultaneously inspecting his house and his son Shayan’s homes. The officers left the Ms. Hosseni’s home after seizing some of her personal and religious property, but before leaving, they asked Shahzad to report to the office of the Isfahan’s Revolutionary Guards Intelligence Office on Wednesday.”


After the inspections, neighbors of Shahzad Hosseini’s place of business called him, saying that the alarm of his carpentry workshop had been tripped. Shahzad and his son Shayan went to the workshop to find that the locks broken – though no one had been able to open the doors. The neighbors said that unidentified individuals climbed the wall of the workshop, smashed the interior doors and locks, and removed the workshop tools.

Another source person close to Hosseini’s family said that, on the same night, Shahzad reported the break-in and theft to the police, where officers took notes and used the footage from the workshop security cameras to identify the car registration and to issued an arrest warrant for the suspected perpetrators.

The next day, May 4, at around 2pm, when Shayan returned to the workshop to replace the locks, Revolutionary Guards agents raided the premises, confiscating equipment including wood logs, boards, columns, and all other articles, moving them to cars parked in front of the workshop. Shayan Hosseini was then arrested and transferred to an unknown location. Shayan’s car was also confiscated by the agents.

According to a close relative of Shayan, during the raids of each home and the workshop, agents were looking for small wooden boxes that the Hosseini used to store prayer books. During the inspection of Shayan’s house, agents found two or three small boxes, and then threatened Shayan to force him to hand over other boxes.

During the past two weeks, pressure on Baha’i citizens has increased significantly in Iran. The trial of fourteen Baha’is was held in the cities of Birjand and Mashhad. Four Baha’is living in Karaj were sentenced to prison. A number of Baha’i prisoners are still denied leave from prison, as part of the temporary releases resulting from the coronavirus epidemic, and are at risk of contracting the virus.

“The Baha’i International Community urges Iran to immediately release the remaining Baha’is in prison,” said Bani Dugal, a senior representative of the Baha’i International Community at the United Nations, in recent remarks. “These people are innocent and should never have been imprisoned. Their current imprisonment is not only unfair, it has put their lives in serious danger.” Dugal insisted that “all prisoners of conscience should be released now.”


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Three Baha’is working on a humanitarian project imprisioned in Iran.
(see Baha’i Headlines for complete story).

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Other Baha’i prisoners held on false charges in Iran (among many many others) since 1989
(or have been secretly murdered in prison):

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Mr. Behnam Misaqi – Evin prison
Mr. Musa Talebi – Evin prison since 1979


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