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Update: Authorities Continue to Hold Back Aspiring Baha’i Students

Posted on: September 15th, 2018

Baha’i enrollment numbers in Iranian universities are still under threat Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) Additional Baha’i college applicants have had their university entrance exam results invalidated on the National Organization for Educational Testing website, effectively barring them from continuing their studies. As part of a larger anti-Baha’i discrimination policy administered by the Supreme […]

Number of Barred Baha’i Students Increases on 2018 National University Entrance Exam

Posted on: September 13th, 2018

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – A large number of Baha’i students who participated in the 2018 National University Entrance Exam, known as “Konkur,” have had their applications flagged “deficiency on file” on the National Organization for Educational Testing website, a known harbinger of educational aspirations dead in the water. As an informed source […]

Five Shirazi Baha’is Sentenced to Exile in Absentia

Posted on: September 13th, 2018

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – In the absence of both the defendants and their attorneys, Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Shiraz has sentenced five of its Baha’i citizens –Farhad Sarafraz, Shahram Mansour, Vahid Dana, Saeid Abedi, and Adib Haghpajouh– to one year in prison and one year in exile each. ”All […]

Baha’i Citizen Sima Kiani Released from Evin Prison

Posted on: September 3rd, 2018

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA)- On Saturday, September 1, 2018, Baha’i citizen Sima Kiani was released from Evin Prison three months earlier than scheduled. Kiani was originally sentenced to one year behind bars. An informed source told HRANA that the prosecutor, taking into consideration the poor health of her elderly parents, granted her release […]

Appeals Court Convenes for 4 Baha’i Residents of Mashhad

Posted on: August 27th, 2018

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – On August 26, 2018, the Appeals Court of Razavi Khorasan Province met to process the appeal of four Baha’i residents of Mashhad convicted of propaganda against the regime. Dori Amri, May Kholousi, Saghi Fadaei, and Shayan Tafzili each face a sentence of one year in prison, issued by […]

Increase in Arrests of Baha’i Citizens in Shiraz

Posted on: August 18th, 2018

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – On Friday, August 17, 2018, Baha’i citizens Pezhman Shahriari, Dorna Esmaili, Hooman Esmaili, Kourosh Rouhani, Negar Misaghian and Mahboob Habibi were arrested by security forces and transferred to the Intelligence Ministry’s detention center in the city of Shiraz. An informed source told HRANA: “Negar Misaghian and Dorna Esmaili […]

Department of Natural Resources Sues Baha’is Over Their Land

Posted on: June 11th, 2017

HRANA News Agency – A series of hearings regarding “Rowshan Kooh’s Baha’i residents’ lands” were held in Mazendaran province, based on complaints which had been made by the Department of Natural Resources, in the General Court in Kiasar within the first two weeks of February. Baha’i citizens, who were sued by the Department of Natural […]

3 Baha’is Sentenced to Prison Terms

Posted on: May 12th, 2017

HRANA News Agency – Three Baha’i residents of Mashhad namely, Khashayar Tafazoli, Shayan Tafazoli, and Sina Aghdas Zadeh were sentenced to one year imprisonment, on charge of “acting against national security by teaching the Baha’i Faith”. According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), the sentences of three Baha’i residents […]

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 […]

24 Shops of Baha’is in Sari Sealed

Posted on: November 6th, 2016

HRANA News Agency – During the first days of November, at least 24 shops belonging to Baha’is were sealed in Sari, Mazandaran provincial capital. According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on November 1 and 2 that mark the “birth of Bahá’u’lláh and Bob – founder of the Babi and Baha’i religion”, […]