Baha’i Citizen Sirus Zabihi Moghadam Faces Eight-Year Sentence Following Appeal

Baha'i Citizen Sirus Zabihi Moghadam Faces Eight-Year Sentence Following Appeal

The Court of Appeal in Razavi Khorasan Province has affirmed an eight-year sentence for Sirus Zabihi Moghadam.

Under this judgment, Zabihi Moghadam, a Baha’i citizen, received seven years for “membership in anti-regime groups” and an additional year for “propaganda against the regime.”

As per the ruling, Zabihi Moghadam has been summoned to appear at the Judgment Enforcement Unit within ten days to commence his sentence. Under Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, he is mandated to serve seven years for the first charge.

Originally handed an eight-year sentence by the Mashhad Revolutionary Court, Zabihi Moghadam had been arrested in October 2022 and secured his release on bail after approximately two months of detention.

Baha’is are subjected to violations of their religious rights, comprising 82% of reports on infringements against religious minorities, according to HRA’s 2023 annual report.

The Baha’i faith is not recognized as a legitimate religion by Iranian authorities, leading to systematic and longstanding violations of the rights of Baha’is in the country. This includes the denial of their fundamental right to practice their religion, which constitutes a clear breach of both Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The United Nations covenant holds that every person has the right to freedom of religion, freedom of converting religion, as well as freedom of expression, individually or collectively; openly or secretly.

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