Authorities Raid Home of Detained Baha’i Citizen Noora Pourmoradian, Arrest her Parents

The aggression against Baha’is in Iran was still palpable Thursday, September 27th when Shiraz-based Security forces raided the home of Shirazi Baha’i prisoner of conscience Noora Pourmoradian, seizing her personal belongings and temporarily detaining her mother and father. Claiming that the search was necessary to the completion of Noora’s case, security forces threatened the Pourmoradian family with “severe consequences” if they leaked photo evidence or publicly disclosed information about the incident. “To intimidate them, they handcuffed Mr. Saeid Pourmoradian (Noora’s father) and took him into the car, menacing him [about…

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Baha’i Arrests in Karaj; 20 and Counting

Hooman Khoshnam, a Baha’i resident of Karaj, became the sixth Baha’i citizen to be arrested by Ministry of Intelligence security forces in the city on September 25th, 2018. In addition to arresting him, security forces also sealed the door to Khoshnam’s workplace. Khoshnam’s arrest is the latest in a series intensified persecution of Baha’i citizens, thus far affecting 20 citizens in Karaj, Shiraz, and on the outskirts of Isfahan. Before Khoshnam’s arrest, Payam Shabani, another Baha’i resident of Karaj, was arrested by security forces only one day earlier on September…

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Bulletin on September 2018 Baha’i Crackdown

An intense wave of human rights violations has seriously undermined the Iranian Baha’i community over the past two weeks. For years, the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution has kept a firm hand on the upward mobility of Baha’i citizens by barring them from government employment and placing myriad obstacles on their paths to higher education. A toll of some of the campaign’s most recent victims underlines its widening scope: fifty-eight Baha’i students, after successfully passed this year’s National University Entrance Exam, stopped short of enrolling; at least four Baha’i…

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Civil Rights Activist Mehrnaz Haghighi Heads to Judiciary to Begin Prison Sentence

Mehrnaz Haghighi, a civil rights activist and doctor from Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf coast, presented herself to the enforcement department of the Hormozgan Judiciary on Saturday, September 22nd, in order to serve her sentence. She was transferred to Bandar Abbas Prison later that day. Haghighi was previously sentenced to six months in prison on a charge of “propaganda against the regime.” She was first arrested by intelligence agents in her home on February 19, 2017. After being held in solitary confinement for a week, she was transferred to…

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Ongoing uncertainties about recently detained new Christian converts in Iran

In continuation to minorities rights violations in Iran, several Christian new converts have been arrested by undercover authorities with their whereabouts still unknown. According to recent reports, four Christian new converts who were members of Iran’s Church, have been sentenced to be jailed for ten years the Islamic Revolutionary Court, being accused of “promoting Zionist Christianity and managing home churches”. Razmik Zadorian, Shahab Bani Bayat, and Mohammmad Mohaghegh-e-Dolatabadi have been arrested on 17th June 2018 in Karaj suburban area and Shahin Shakib and Vahid Dehghani have also been arrested a…

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Ongoing uncertainties about recently detained new Christian converts in Iran

In continuation to minorities rights violations in Iran, several Christian new converts have been arrested by undercover authorities with their whereabouts still unknown. According to recent reports, four Christian new converts who were members of Iran’s Church, have been sentenced to be jailed for ten years the Islamic Revolutionary Court, being accused of “promoting Zionist Christianity and managing home churches”. Razmik Zadorian, Shahab Bani Bayat, and Mohammmad Mohaghegh-e-Dolatabadi have been arrested on 17th June 2018 in Karaj suburban area and Shahin Shakib and Vahid Dehghani have also been arrested a…

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A Prisoner Severely Beaten in Zahedan Prison

HRANA News Agency – Mehdi Narouee, prisoner in the central prison of Zahedan, has been severely beaten by the head of prison. The beating was so severe that it broke his fingers and injured his face. According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Mehdi Narouee, prisoner in the central prison of Zahedan, was severely beaten by Mohammd Ali Alizadeh, head of prison, after he protested against the disagreement with his furlough and his request for visits by prison judge on March 5, 2018. The beating was so…

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A Student Arrested in Tehran

HRANA News Agency – Banafsheh Cheraghi, student of social sciences at Tehran University, was arrested at her house and taken to an unknown location by security forces on March 5, 2018. According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Banafsheh Cheraghi, student of social sciences at Tehran University, was arrested on March 5, 2018. A source close to Ms. Cheraghi informed HRANA that Ms. Cheraghi had been arrested at her house and taken to an unknown location by security forces on March 5, 2018. The first wave…

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Three Death Sentences Carried Out in Tabriz

HRANA News Agency – Three prisoners were executed on charge of “murder” in Tabriz Central Prison on 26 November 2017. According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), On Sunday, 26 November 2017, three prisoners were executed on charge of “murder” in the central prison of Tabriz. The identity of one of these prisoners which has been confirmed by HRANA is: Taher Amini, 30, from Maragheh, imprisoned in ward 9 of Tabriz Central Prison. So far, the identities of two others who were detained in ward…

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Three Student Activists Sentenced to Imprisonment

HRANA News Agency – Mohsen Haghshenas, student of Stage Designing at Tehran University, was convicted by Tehran Revolutionary Court on charges of gathering and collusion with the intention of committing a crime against the security of the country and disturbing public order by taking part in illegal gatherings, to two years imprisonment. Leila Hossein Zadeh and Sina Rabiei, two other student activists, were sentenced to eight years imprisonment in total and a ban on leaving the country. According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA),…

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