Report on the Release of Prisoners in the Last 24 Hours

Following the approval of a proposal to “pardon and commute” the sentence of some prisoners, in the last 24 hours, several prisoners of conscience were released from prison.

Of these pardoned prisoners, the most known prisoners are:

  1. Amir Mehdi Khadem from Dastgerd Prison, Isfahan
  2. Mohammad-Reza Moradi from Great Tehran Penitentiary
  3. Nasrollah Lashti from Rajai Shahr Prison, Karaj
  4. Fariba Afshar (Baha’i citizen) from Dolatabad Prison, Isfahan
  5. Elmira Rahmani (Baha’i citizen) from Dolatabad Prison, Isfahan
  6. Niloofar Mirzaie Bafti from Evin Prison, Tehran
  7. Zahra Kashkaki from a prison in Tehran
  8. Naser Hemmati from a prison in Isfahan, and

Three underage prisoners, Besmellah Barahooie, Esmail Sargolzaie and Ebrahim Sargolzaie, were also released from the Correctional Center of Zahedan.

Details on these releases are still unknown. They are, however, likely released under the recent pardon decree issued for some prisoners, including those arrested at protests.

In recent days, other known prisoners, including Iranian-French academic Fariba Adelkhah, journalist Amir Abbas Azarmvand, writer Arash Ganji and political prisoner Khaled Pirzadeh, were released.

Meanwhile, the Revolutionary and Public Prosecutor of Gachsaran announced the release of 106 convicts and defendants from Dogonbadan Prison, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province.

“The sentences of 60 prisoners have also been commuted,” he added.

Also, The Chief Justice of Kerman Province announced that about 1500 prisoners have been released in this province.

Earlier, the head of the Judiciary proposed the issuance of a pardon decree for some prisoners, including those arrested at recent protests, which was approved by Ali Khamenei under some conditions which the legal case should meet.



Baha’i Citizen Elmira Rahmani Arrested in Isfahan

On January 16, security forces arrested Baha’i citizen Elmira Rahmani at her home in Isfahan and took her to an undisclosed location. The agents searched the house and confiscated some of her belonging.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on January 16, 2023, Baha’i citizen Elmira Rahmani was arrested in Isfahan.

Rahmani, age 28, is a resident of Isfahan and a professional musician.

The location where she is held and the allegation are still unknown.

According to the HRANA Annual Statistical Report of Human Rights Conditions in Iran, in 2022, 64% of the entire reports on the violation of religious minorities’ rights are about harassment, prosecution and conviction against Baha’is.

According to unofficial sources, it is estimated that more than 300,000 Baha’is live in Iran, but 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.