Today, on November 10, security forces arrested four followers of Yarsanism—Seyed-Amin Abbasi, Kheirollah Haghjooyan, Pakzad Taheri, and Noshad Taheri. The location of their detention remains undisclosed.
Sources indicate that these individuals were apprehended at a police checkpoint on the road connecting Sarpol-e Zahab to Kermanshah. The reasons behind their arrests, their current whereabouts, and the allegations against them remain unknown.
It’s worth noting that Abbasi, Noshad Taheri, and Haghjooyan have a history of previous arrests and judicial confrontations.
Yarsanism, also known as Ahl-e Haqq, is a syncretic religion founded by Sultan Sahak in the late 14th century in western Iran. As a religious minority, Yarsan followers often face intimidation and prosecution by the regime’s security and judicial systems. The community’s rights and freedoms have been a subject of concern, reflecting broader challenges faced by religious minorities in the region.
On Wednesday, October 13, political prisoner Mojgan Kavousi was sent back to Evin Prison from Kachooie Prison in Karaj.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Kavousi was relocated to Karaj police detention center a while ago, and from there to Kachooie Prison.
In a phone call with her family, Kavousi informed them about this relocation. The reason for her transfer to Kachooie Prison is still unknown.
On July 26, 2021, Branch 28 of the appellate court in Mazandaran Province issued an order to transfer the political prisoner to a prison in Alborz Province for the remainder of her sentence.
“Due to COVID-related restrictions making family visitation difficult, Mrs Kavousi asked for transferring to Noshahr where her family are living,” an informed source told HRANA. “On July 13, 2021, they transferred her to Noshahr but after spending one-night in police detention centre, they sent her back to Tehran. Considering that her family are residing in either Tehran or Noshahr, it is not clear why she should be transferred to a prison in Alborz Province.”
On November 20, 2019, Mojgan Kavousi was arrested by security forces amid nationwide protests in the mid-fall of the year, from her home in Noshahr. After being held three weeks in detention, she was sent to Noshahr Prison. On December 19, 2019, she was released on bail.
The Revolutionary Court in Noshahr sentenced her to 6 months on a charge of “the propaganda against the regime”, 33 months on a charge of “membership in opposition parties” and 30 months on a charge of “provoking to disturb the public order”. During the appeal process, the sentence was increased by seven months due to the influence of the prosecutor.
Mojgan Kavouci is a writer, researcher and follower of Yarsanism.
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According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on June 10, the third anniversary of self-immolation of Hassan Razavi was held at his tomb in Poul Shekasteh village of Hamedan by the presence of a large crowd of Yarsan follower including civil rights activists. Continue reading “The 3rd Anniversary of Self-Immolation of Hasan Razavi Held in Hamadan”
HRANA News Agency – Followers of Yarsan called for the recognition their faith in the constitution and lection law on the third anniversary of self-immolation of two of Yarsan followers.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), followers of Yarsan called for the recognition of their faith in the constitution and lection law, by carrying placards at the tomb of “Nik Morad Taheri” on the third anniversary of self-immolation of two of Yarsan followers in the city of Sahneh in Kermanshah province. Continue reading “Yarsan Followers Demonstrated in the 3rd Anniversary of Self-Immolation of 2 Yarsan Followers”