Two Baha’i Citizens Were Arrested in Karaj

Posted on: November 10th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Kamran Gheysari and Afshin Seyed Ahmad, Baha’i citizens from Karaj were arrested by security forces.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), security forces arrested Kamran Gheysar, a Baha’i citizen in Karaj from his work place, transferred him to an unknown place on Monday, November 5, 2012. After two days, security forces brought him to his house and searched all his belongings and seized some of his things and left house with him on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.


New wave of the arrest of Baha’i citizens in Golestan Provence, Iran

Posted on: October 17th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – From Wednesday morning, the new wave of the arrest of Baha’i citizens in Golestan Provence of Iran has been began by security forces.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), From Wednesday October 17, security forces arrested several Baha’i citizens in Minoodasht in Golestan Provence, simultaneously.


After 1,000-plus days in jail, Iranian pastor Nadarkhani freed

Posted on: September 11th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been acquitted of apostasy and released, ending a saga that drew international attention and saw him spend more than 1,000 days in jail in the face of a death sentence — simply for being a Christian.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) (Sept. 8)  Nadarkhani, in jail since 2009, was acquitted of apostasy — that is, converting from Islam to Christianity — but found guilty of evangelizing Muslims.  Nadarkhani was sentenced to three years in prison for the latter charge but was released due to time already served.


Security Forces Block Reconstruction of Ahl-e Haqq’s Shrine

Posted on: December 10th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Iranian security forces have blocked the reconstruction of Sayed Farokh Shrine located in the village of Khobyaran Jalalvand, Kermanshah Province.  This shrine belongs to a religious minority commonly known as Ahl-e Haqq (Yarsan).

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), a group of Ahl-e Haqq followers funded and planned a construction project in order to rebuild the Shrine of Sayed Farokh, but Iranian security forces interfered and stopped their plans.

The Shrine of Sayed Farokh is located seventy kilometres south of Kermanshah.  Iranian government totally destroyed this shrine in the summer of 2011 and even prevented the local residents from collecting the debris.

The rural district of Jalalvand consists of approximately 60 villages. The vast majority of residents in these villages are the followers of Ahl-e Haqq. In recent years, Iranian government has prevented Jalalvand’s residents from practicing their faith in order to pressure them into embracing the denomination of Shi’a.

Reports indicate that pressure on the followers of Ahl-e Haqq has significantly increased.  Last week, another member of Ahl-e Haqq community, Sayed Mirza Hussani, was summoned to the Intelligence Agency and threatened to stop observing religious rituals belonging to his faith.

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Baha’i Farmland Confiscated

Posted on: May 27th, 2010

May 27, 2010

HRANA – In April 2010, the Lands and Assets Headquarters of Mazandaran, A Division of Sepah (the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps), based on the Imam’s Decree, confiscated five thousand meters of land in Ghaemshahr that belonged to the late Mr. Ahmad Ahmadzadeh. The confiscation took place while the heirs of the deceased were using the land for farming.

Report Compiled on Economic Pressures on Baha’is

Posted on: May 5th, 2010

May 5, 2010

HRA News Agency – A report received recently from Iran provides details on a few cases of economic pressure put on the Bahá’ís.  It is necessary to note that there are undoubtedly many more such incidents that have gone unreported. According to HRANA,The business license of Mr. Manouchehr Ighanian of Tehran, who owns an optical shop, has not been renewed and he has been sent a warning letter by the Opticians’ Trade Union to close up his shop. Mr. Ighanian has submitted an objection letter to the Trade Union along with appropriate documents. No information bearing on the outcome of his legal action is available at this time.