Nika Pakzadan, Faraneh Daneshgari, Sanaz Ishaqi, Nakisa Hajipour and Naghmeh Zabihian, five Baha’i citizens living in Mashhad, were each sentenced by the Mashhad Revolutionary Court to one year in prison. These citizens were originally arrested by security agents in Mashhad on November 15, 2015, and were later released on bail pending trial.
Five Bahai women in Mashhad, northeastern Iran, were sentenced to a total of five years of prison by the Revolutionary Court.
Farid Zirgi Moghaddam began serving his five-year sentence in the central prison in the city of Birjand, in South Khorasan province in eastern Iran, on October 19, 2020—a prison sentence that was based solely on his belief in the banned Baha’i faith, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned.
The Iranian regime has persecuted the Baháʼí religious community since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Members of the Baháʼí faith are arrested on false charges, such as “engaging in espionage.” Baháʼí students are prohibited from attending universities.
Two Iranian Baha’i women have reported to a prison in eastern Iran to begin serving sentences for peacefully practicing their faith after authorities apparently ignored appeals to spare them from potential coronavirus exposure in jail, according to a knowledgeable source.
A group of Iranian Baha’is summoned to begin prison terms for practicing their faith were denied an appeal to delay their incarceration at a jail where they would risk coronavirus exposure, according to a knowledgeable source.
For several years now, the anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq war has been marked with ceremonies across major cities in Iran, especially those that were badly affected by the ensuing destruction. One of these involves “dusting” the graves of the war dead – but not all of them.
A court in Iran sentenced eight Bahai citizens to a total of 11 years and 3 months of prison in an eastern province.
Security forces in central Iran arrested an Iranian Baha’i couple and confiscated their belongings including their cars. Houshmand Talebi & his wife Mozhdeh Eghterafi live in Villashahr in Isfahan Province.
A Tehran court of appeals upheld the 35-year prison terms for three Iranian Christian converts. According to human rights websites, Hadi Asgari and Kavian Fallah Mohammadi were each sentenced to 10 years of prison while Amin Afshar Naderi was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The Islamic Republic’s Court of Appeals recently upheld the sentences of Rev. Victor Bet-Tamraz and his wife Shamiram Issavi. They were sentenced to ten and five years in prison respectively Article 18 a website covering news on minority rights in Iran.