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Friday, 09 December, 2022

Payam Vali, Baha’i Citizen Arrested In Karaj

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Human Rights in Iran – Sunday, September 25, 2022 – Security forces arrested Payam Vali, a Baha’i citizen, in Karaj, the capital of Alborz Province.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, on Saturday, September 24 (2022), Alborz Province Intelligence Department agents raided Payam Vali’s business location, a Baha’i citizen living in Karaj, the citizen was arrested with beatings and intimidation and transferred to an unknown location.

Agents of the Alborz Province Intelligence Department beat the Baha’i citizen when he was arrested, and after transferring him to his home and searching and confiscating some personal belongings, they transferred Payam Vali to an unknown location, according to this report.

As of this report, no information is available about the whereabouts and legal instances of Payam Vali’s charges.

It should be noted that Payam Vali, in recent years, as a Baha’i citizen, has faced many restrictions, including obstruction of business and expulsion of his child from school because of his belief in the Baha’i faith.

Payam Vali was arrested in the fall of 2016 when he went to the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office in Karaj and after being transferred to the detention center and going through the interrogation process, he was released on December 25, 2016, by posting a bail.

The Baha’i citizen was previously arrested in 2009 on charges of “acting against national security” and had been released on bail after two months of interrogation.

It should be mentioned that Afshin Vali, the brother of this Baha’i citizen, was murdered in 1990 in the village of Hossein Abad in Nazar Abad, because of his belief in the Baha’i faith.

According to a circular issued by the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution adopted on February 25, 1991, Baha’i citizens are deprived of any civil rights and face a variety of human rights violations and coercive treatment by the Government of the Islamic Republic.

Also, based on the circular of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution, Baha’i citizens in Iran are among the people without citizenship rights. Deprivation of Iran’s Baha’is in the form of sealing business premises, denial of the right to education from elementary school to higher education, destruction of their cemeteries and other holy places, and the imposition of other social restrictions are examples of these abuses.

On July 21, 2022, the World Baha’i Community had issued a statement warning about the increase in security pressures and the widespread wave of arrests, suppression and deprivation of Iranian Baha’is from their citizenship rights in Iran.

Also, On August 23, 2022, Amnesty International issued a request for immediate action, condemning the repression and applying security and social pressures on the Baha’i community of Iran, calling for an end to the repression of the Baha’is of Iran.

Suppression of religious minorities violates Articles 2, 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Articles 2 and 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which emphasizes the right of individuals to practice religious rituals, carry out manifestation and religious education, either alone or in community with others and in public or private.

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