Three Baha’is were sentenced to 23 years imprisonment

Posted on: November 15th, 2019

Behnam Eskandari, Yalda Firouzian, and Ardeshir Fanaiyan, three Baha’i citizens residing in Semnan, were sentenced to 23 years in prison and live in exile.

They were arrested on April 30, 2019 by the security forces, their personal belongings were confiscated, and they were transferred to Semnan Prison. The Revolutionary Court of Semnan put hold on their temporary releases. They are banned from having any visitor and contact with outside of prison. Behnam Eskandari was under pressure in the course of his interrogation for forced confession. He was resilient and was transferred to the quarantine ward where he was beaten by two other prisoners.

According to the verdict issued by the Semnan Revolutionary Court headed by judge Mohammad Ali Rostami, Ardeshir Fanaiyan was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and one year live in exile in Khash on the charge of “cooperation in establishing an illegal group inside the country with the aim of acting against the national security”. Yalda Firouzian and Behnam Eskandarian were sentenced to five years imprisonment and two years ban from living in Semnan, each on the charge of “membership in establishing an illegal group inside the country with the aim of acting against national security”. Also, each of them were sentenced to a one-year prison term for the charge of “cooperation in acting against national security in favor of opposition groups”. Based on the Article 134 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code, the charge with the highest penalty will be considered; this means that Ardeshir Fanaiyan should spend 10 years in prison, Yalda Firouzian, and Behnam Eskandaian should spend five years in prison, each.

Ardeshir Fanaiyan’s first arrest was on January 8, 2019 and was sentenced to an eight-month prison term. Although the law of arresting the eligible ones for military service has been cancelled.

Baha’i citizens of Iran are systematically deprived of religious freedoms, while according to Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, all people are entitled to freedom of religion, belief, and changes thereof, as well as the right to express and practice those beliefs as individuals or collectives, in public or in private. Though unofficial sources estimate the Baha’i population of Iran at more than 300,000, Iran’s Constitution officially recognizes only Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism, and does not acknowledge the Baha’i faith as an official religion. As a result, the rights of Baha’is in Iran are systematically violated.

Baha’i young guys arrested to serve in military service

Posted on: November 27th, 2013

HRANA News Agency – Semnan intelligence agents raided the Baha’i people houses, arrested and inspected their homes with excuse of being called to serve as soldier in military.

 

According to the report of the Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), the Semnan Intelligence agents raided those Baha’i families who have young son not served in military yet with an official warrant signed by someone whose name is Zamani and is solicitor-general of revolutionary court then inspected all of their homes completely including the religious books, laptops, the personal belongings and handed over the arrested young guys to the police. (more…)

One Bahai is released / another is arrested

Posted on: April 25th, 2013

HRANA News Agency – Faramarz Firuzian has been arrested to serve the one year of prison sentence and Ardeshir Faniyan has been released on the bail after 68 days being under arrest.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Ardeshir Fanaiyan the Bahai citizen who lives in Semnan was arrested last February and has been released after 68 days arrest in the intelligence of Semnan on the bail of 50 million Thomans on 20th April. (more…)