Six Baha’i Citizens Arrested, Many Houses Searched

Six Baha'i Citizens Arrested, Many Houses Searched

On July 31, 2022, security forces arrested six Baha’is and searched at least 36 Baha’i houses in eight cities.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on July 31, 2022, security forces raided and searched at least 36 houses belonging to the Baha’is in different cities across Iran.

The agents also arrested six Baha’is, Behnam Momtaz in Qazvin, Saha Sabeti in Sari, Saman Ostovar and Afif Naeimi in Karaj, and Mahvash Sabet and Fariba Kamal Abadi in Tehran. The three latter were the members of a now-disbanded Baha’i group known as the “Yaran e Iran” or “Friends of Iran,” addressing the spiritual and social needs of the Baha’i community.

In recent weeks, the persecution and harassment of Baha’i citizens have significantly increased.

According to the Baha’i International Community (BIC), during the last month, 44 Baha’is were arrested or imprisoned.

Bani Dugal, BIC’s Principal Representative to the United Nations said “Baha’is in Iran have experienced ongoing persecution for their beliefs over the last 44 years, But the current escalation  is beyond troubling.”

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