Baha’i Citizen Ahmad Naeimi Arrested in Yazd

On October 5, 2023, Ministry of Intelligence agents apprehended Baha’i citizen Ahmad Naeimi (Naeemi) in Yazd and subsequently transported him to a detention facility.

According to a source closely connected to Naeimi’s family who informed HRANA, two agents detained Naeimi at his workplace. As of now, the exact reasons for his arrest and the specific allegations against him remain undisclosed.

HRANA’s annual report has highlighted a concerning trend where, in 2022, 64.63% of reported human rights violations against religious minorities are directed toward the Baha’i community.

The Baha’i faith is not recognized as a legitimate religion by Iranian authorities, leading to systematic and longstanding violations of the rights of Baha’is in the country. This includes the denial of their fundamental right to practice their religion, which constitutes a clear breach of both Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The United Nations covenant holds that every person has the right to freedom of religion, freedom of converting religion, as well as freedom of expression, individually or collectively; openly or secretly.

Yaser Rahmani Rad Arrested in Khorramabad

On September 21, 2023, Yaser Rahmani Rad, a physician, was arrested by security forces in Khorramabad and taken to an undisclosed location.

A source close to Rahmani’s family informed HRAHA that at 6:00 a.m., the intelligence agents went to Rahmani’s residence and arrested him. They also searched the house and confiscated some items including cell phones belonging to his and his family.

The motive behind Rahmani’s arrest and the specific allegations against him remain undisclosed at this time. In December 2022, Rahmani and two other physicians were arrested by security forces on their trip from Tehran and Khorramabad to Mahabad. All their medical equipment and public aid collected for the people of Mahabad were seized by security forces.
Rahmani was released on bail from Mahabad Prison on January 18, 2024. After a while, Rahmani Rad was indicted of “assembly and collusion against national security” of which he was acquitted.