Monday, May 20, 2019
Monday, May 20

Iran Sentences Seven Bahais To 21 Years In Jail For Their Faith

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The Revolutionary Court in Bushehr, southern Iran, has sentenced seven members of the Baha’i
religious minority to a total of 21 years in jail on the charges of “propagating against the political
system.”
According to Human Rights in Iran, The state security forces have arbitrarily arrested the seven Baha’is for their faith in February
2018. Their houses were sercehd and their belongings were conscated. They were subsequently released on bail before their trial. The verdict against the Bahais, Minoo Riazati, Ehteram Sheikhi, Asadollah Jaberi, Pooneh
Nasheri, Emad Jaberi, Farideh Jaberi and Farrokhlagha Faramarzi, has been issued on May 6
after a very brief summary trial. In another development Baha’i woman from Semnan, Yalda Firouzian, was arrested on May 1, 2019, by security forces and transferred to an unknown location. Before her arbitrary arrest, her house was thoroughly ransacked and her personal belongings and electronic device were conscated.
Iran considers its Baha’is to be heretics with no religion. Rights groups say authorities routinely
arrest members of Iran’s estimated 300,000-strong Baha’i minority for expressing or practicing
their beliefs. International human rights watchdogs as well as the United Nations Organization have criticized
the Islamic Republic for harassing and jailing Baha’is for their belief.
A January 24 report by London-based rights group Amnesty International said Iran continued a
“systematic persecution” of Baha’is last year. It cited the Baha’i International Community
organization as saying Iran “arbitrarily” detained at least 95 Baha’is in 2018.
Iran has repeatedly charged detained Baha’is with national security-related oenses without
disclosing evidence.
The Baha’is in Iran are deprived of university education and the right to work with the
government, and their businesses are shut down by the Iranian regime.
A large group of Baha’i students who had passed the college entrance exam 2018 were not
admitted to university and were deprived of continuing their education just because of their
faith.

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