Baha’i Citizen Parva Behdad Sentenced to Imprisonment and Additional Punishments

The Isfahan Revolutionary Court recently sentenced Baha’i citizen Parva Behdad to three years in prison, a ban from leaving the country for two years and other punishments.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Baha’i citizen Parva Behdad was sentenced to three years in prison, a ban from leaving the country for two years, paying a fine and participating in a religion course for indoctrination.

On November 14, 2022, security forces arrested Behdad in Isfahan and detained her in solitary confinement for over 21 days. After that, she was jailed in Dolataad Prison. On December 18, 2022, she was released on bail.

The charges against her are still unknown.

The Iranian Constitution recognizes only Islam as the official religion, in addition to Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism. Bahai faith is not considered legitimate by the authorities, and the rights of Baha’is in Iran have been systematically violated for years.

According to HRANA annual report, in 2022, from the total of human rights reports regarding the violation of religious minorities’ rights, 64.63% belonged to the violation of the rights of Baha’is.