Amin Khaki, Milad Goodarzi, and Alireza Nourmohammadi were sentenced by the Fourth Branch of the Revolutionary Court of Karaj to five years each in prison and a fine of 40 million tomans.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the website Article 18 , the three christian converts were sentenced for “Propaganda and educational activities contrary to the holy Sharia of Islam”.
The citizens had been released on bail of 250 million tomans each in November 2020 after being summoned to judicial authorities and filing a case.
Despite the fact that Christians are recognized as a religious minority under Iranian law, the security services nevertheless pursue the issue of Muslims converting to Christianity with particular sensitivity and deal harshly with activists in this field.
The Iranian regime targets Christian converts despite Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which state that every individual has the right to freedom of religion and belief and freedom to express it openly or secretly.
Today, Monday, June 28, Aram Fathi and Soraya Haghdoost, two detained citizens from Marivan, were released on a bail of 100 million Tomans.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, the two citizens were arrested by security forces on Thursday, June 17th. Ms. Haghdoost was transferred to Sanandaj Prison after her arrest, and Mr. Fathi was transferred to Marivan Prison.
Aram Fathi, a resident of Marivan with a history of arrests and convictions, was arrested by security forces at his home arrest.
Soraya Haghdoost, also citizen of Marivan, was arrested by security forces on Thursday, June 17, and transferred to Sanandaj Prison.
As of this writing, no information is available on the charges against the citizens.
The prosecutor of the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province announced that more than 100 citizens were arrested on on Sunday, June 20, the day of local elections in Yasuj city.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Tabnak News, the rally turned violent after security forces intervened.
Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Provincial Prosecutor Seyyed Ali Malek Hosseini stated, “On the day of the elections, we had more than 100 detainees aligned with different political views, groups, and families of candidates.”
Hosseini described the secret to success in the previous election cycle, and how the same principles had been applied to Sunday’s demonstrations.
“The key to success in the 2019 election was that the security was our first priority,” Hosseini said. “So we arrested the governor’s representative and closely observed officers of the ballot box.”
But not all agreed with these tactics. Fararo news website published a report that called the Yasuj local elections controversial. The report stated, “The story of the controversial elections of the city locals in Yasuj stems from problems in the electronic voting system; the announcement of the list of election winners were delayed and suspicions of fraud were raised.”
The identities of the arrested citizens are still unknown.
On June 17, a member of the medical staff of Namazee Hospital in Shiraz was arrested by security forces after speaking out against the Islamic Republic.
Based on a video posted on social media, the citizen was forcefully arrested by security forces.
As of this writing, no information is available on his whereabouts.
At least 26 citizens were arrested in the cities of Ahvaz and Mahshahr and transferred to an unknown location between May 14 and May 16. Additionally, several citizens with histories of arrest have been summoned for detainment by security services over the phone.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, the arrests were made after Eid al-Fitr ceremonies, at which attendants danced and chanted slogans in front of the homes of citizens who were either killed in the November 2019 national protests or executed in recent years.
So far, HRANA has verified the names of “Rasoul Zuhairi son of Karim; Shaker Silawi, Mohammad Silawi, Qais Sawari, Walid Sawari, Hamzeh Chaldawi 34 years old, married, and father of 4 children; Hossein Mazra’eh, Hassan Hezbawi son of Ramazan; Hadi Hezbawi son of Ramazan; Mohsen Hezbawi son of Ramazan; Jamil Hezbawi son of Lefteh; Badrieh Hamidawi, Amin Amir Hatami, 23 years-old; Faisal Hezbawi, son of Ramazan; Keramat Hezbawi, son of Ramazan; and Mojtaba Salihawi from Mahshahr”.
“In the Zoyeh alley in Ahvaz, several citizens gathered in front of the house of Ms. Badrieh Hamidawi, the mother of Ali Tamimi, one of the victims of the November 2019 national protest, and chanted slogans,” an informed source told HRANA. “Ms. Hamidawi was arrested because she greeted them.”
The whereabouts of these citizens and the charges against them are unknown as of this writing. It is worth noting, however, that every year during the months of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, many Sunni Arab citizens in the Khuzestan province get detained under various pretexts.