A Baha’i Student Expelled from the University

Posted on: March 19th, 2017

HRANA News Agency – Sogol Kazemi Bahnamiri, a Baha’i student who was studying in the fifth semester of engineering Urban Development at the non-profit University of Mashhad, was excluded from the final exams. This Baha’i student pursues from the Assessment Organization and the Ministry of Science officials were left unanswered.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Sogol Kazemi Bahnamiri, born in 1996, passed the exam in 2014, with student reference number 9721230972, and in the fall of 2014 began her higher education in the field of civil engineering at the non-profit University of Mashhad. (more…)

2 Christians Held in Limbo in Evin Prison for 6 Months

Posted on: March 19th, 2017

HRANA News Agency – Hadi Asghari and Amin Afshar Naderi, two Christian converts, have been held in an undecided condition in ward 4 of Evin prison, from about six months ago, and have not even been summoned for investigations. On the other hand, Mr. Asgari who has got kidney infection as a consequence of cold weather because he was denied to get his clothing, has not received any medical treatments.

A source close to the families of these two Christian converts has told HRANA: “Hadi Asghari and Amin Afshar Naderi, have been held in an undecided condition for more than six months, and even have not been interrogated. They have said if their situation would not be made clear they would go on hunger strike. Hadi Asghari has got infection on his both kidneys because of the cold weather. Nothing has been done so far, regarding his treatment.” (more…)

3 Bahai Civilians Tried by the Revolutionary Court of Mashhad

Posted on: March 10th, 2017

HRANA News Agency – Three Baha’i residents of Mashhad named; Khashayar Tafazoli, Shayan Tafazoli and Sinai Aghdaszadeh, were tried by the Islamic Revolutionary Court, in Mashhad.

According to the report of Human Rights News Agency in Iran (HRANA), the court hearing for Khashayar Tafazoli, Shayan Tafazoli and Sinai Aghdaszadeh, three Baha’i residents of Mashhad, accused with “propaganda against the regime through the Baha’i propaganda”, was held in Branch 8 of Islamic Revolutionary Court in Mashhad on January 28. (more…)

Hadi Asgari in an Undecided Condition in the 6th Month of Detention

Posted on: February 25th, 2017

HRANA News Agency – Hadi Asgari, Christian convert in Evin prison, has been held in an undecided condition for a period of 5 months in this prison. While no trial has been held for him so far, his freedom on the bail also has been prevented.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Hadi Asghari, a Christian convert, was arrested due to attending a house church on August 26, 2016. (more…)

A Sunni Prisoner Beaten Severely in the Hospital

Posted on: February 25th, 2017

HRANA News Agency – Hamzeh Darwish, a young Sunni prisoner at Evin prison, who suffers from mental illness, was severely beaten and insulted by a hospital staff member and two soldiers. He was beaten somehow that one of his ribs was cracked and bruises are obvious on the body and his eyes. However, prison authorities have done nothing regarding his situation.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Hamzeh Darwish, 23, Sunni prisoners from Talesh with mental illness is being held in hall 3 of ward 4 in Evin prison. (more…)

4 Sunni Civilians Sentenced to Imprisonment for Jogging Together

Posted on: February 24th, 2017

HRANA News Agency – 4 Sunni residents of Boukan, who had been arrested during mass arrests, on October 6, 2016 were sentenced each to 5 years in prison. The judge who has issued the sentences has considered their jogging as acts against the national security.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Sunni citizens and residents of Boukan, with the names of Abdulghafoor Asouar, Yaqub Nooreh, Kamal Aliaghdam, and Haxhar Fareghi were each sentenced to 5 years in prison. (more…)

A Report About Azita Rafizadeh’s Status in Evin Prison

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017

HRANA News Agency – Azita Rafizadeh is an imprisoned Bahai citizen whose 6-year-old son has to live with another family due to the simultaneous arrest of her husband, Paiman Kooshkbaghi.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Azita Rafizadeh was born in 1980 in Shiraz. She finished the elementary and high school in Tonekabon, but like other young Bahais, she was deprived of going to university. For this reason she finished her bachelor degree in computer engineering in Bahai Institute of Higher Education (BIHE), which was designed and targeted young Bahais in order to enable them to continue their education. (more…)

Hamza Darwish in a Critical Condition in Evin Prison

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017

HRANA News Agency – Hamza Darwish, young Sunni prisoner in Evin prison who suffers from mental illnesses, was severely beaten and insulted by a hospital staff and two soldiers in the hospital. The officials continued to ignore his complain and medical care. The family of the prisoner have been threatened by the intelligence officers on the condition of their son.

According to the report of Human Rights Activist News Agency in Iran (HRANA), the complaint of Hamza Darwish, Sunni prisoner who had been beaten in the hospital has not been addressed yet. (more…)

Foundation of Martyrs Doesn’t Recognize Baha’i Soldiers Who Died During the War

Posted on: February 4th, 2017

HRANA News Agency –Baha’i family of a soldier who died during the war at the front in Piranshahr had written a letter to the Foundation of Martyrs and called to recognize the soldier who defended the homeland as a “martyr” and create a precedent for him. The Head of Foundation of Martyrs in Miandoab in response to the soldier’s mother’s demand, had written that because “he was a member of Bahai sect” and based on the regulations, the possibility of filing does not exist for him or the same person or people, whether veterans or victims.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Muhiddin Zehni from Miandoab at the end of his military service during the war lost his life in Davoodabadi base in Piranshahr on August 19, 1986. (more…)

4 Sunni Detainees Transferred to Urmia Central Prison

Posted on: January 31st, 2017

HRANA News Agency – Four Sunni civilians from Bukan who had been arrested on October 6 and were held in a poor condition in the Revolutionary Guards’ Intelligence Detention in Urmia were transferred to the central prison of this city after 2 months. Reports indicate the mistreatment, beatings and even torture of detainees in the detention center of the Revolutionary Guards.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), security forces in a coordinated assault on the houses of a large number of citizens of Bukan and its suburbs, attempted to arrest many of the citizens on October 6. It has been reported that, those arrested were dozens of people, including “youth, some of Mosque Imams and scholars”. (more…)