Twenty One Baha’i Citizens Arrested in Esfahan

HRANA News Agency – On Thursday, September 29, 2011, twenty one Baha’i citizens were arrested in Esfahan and taken to an unknown location.  Amongst the detainees, there was a 9 year old child.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on Thursday, Iranian security agents arrested the following Baha’i citizens in Esfahan:


  1. Anisa Daneshgar
  2. Arman Rahimi
  3. Ataullah Daneshgar
  4. Darab Yazdani
  5. Dariush Dastpiesh
  6. Dina Safarpour (9 years old)
  7. Fardoas Niki
  8. Farid Eshtiagh
  9. Farzad Rohani
  10. Fazel Behnam
  11. Heshmatullah Niki
  12. Laleh Namjoian
  13. Lava Daneshgar
  14. Parisa Rahmani
  15. Roheia Hakimon
  16. Saha Behnam
  17. Samira Ghaneh
  18. Shahla Sanaei
  19. Sohela Davardan
  20. Sohela Vahedian
  21. Taj Almalok Janamian

On Saturday, October 1, 2011, Dina Safarpour, Shahla Sanaei, Fardoas Niki, Saha Behnam, Sohela Davardan, Samira Ghaneh, Sohela Vahedian and Taj Almalok Janamian were released.Thirteen other detainees still remain in custody while their whereabouts are unknown.

After these Baha’i citizens were arrested, the houses of Parisa Rahmani, Farzad Rohani and Ataullah Daneshgar were searched and Baha’i religious artifacts were confiscated.

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