A Report about 3 Imprisoned Activists of the Right to Education

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Source: www.hra-news.org

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HRANA News Agency – Navid Khanjani, Ighan Shahidi, and Vahed Kholousi, three Baha’is and defenders of the right to education, who had been arrested between 2009 and 2010, by the security forces, are still in Rajai Shahr prison for their peaceful activities within the framework of claiming the right to education, especially for young Baha’is, who are deprived of education.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Navid Khanjani, Ighan Shahidi, and Vahed Kholousi, three defenders of the right to education, are enduring their imprisonment sentences in political prisoners’ ward in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj.

Navid Khanjani was born in 1989, and was a resident of Isfahan.

Mr. Khanjani, a founder of Association against Educational Discrimination, was arrested by the security forces in March 2009, and spent about two months in prison. He was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pir Abbasi, and fined forty hundred thousand IRR. The sentence was upheld precisely by an appeals court.

He was charged with “spreading lies”, “disturbing and propaganda against the regime by disseminating news, reports, and interviews with foreign radio and TV and being a member of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters”, “membership in the Human Rights Activists Association in Iran”, and the “Association against Educational Discrimination”.

Navid Khanjani who had been arrested again during the volunteer rescuers’ detention in Tabriz, was transferred to the quarantine ward in Rajai Shahr prison on September 5, 2012.

By application of Article 134 and the “aggregation rules” and reducing the prison sentence, he was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment.

Ighan Shahidi, born on July 7, 1988, was a resident of Kermanshah and expelled Baha’i student and human rights activist. After participating in the university national entrance exam in 2006, instead of getting the result faced with the “application uncompleted” response.

He was arrested along with a large number of other human rights activists and defenders of right of education on March 2, 2010, and after one day detention in Kermanshah, was transferred to ward 2-A in Evin prison.

After being held in this ward for 70 days and under psychological and physical torture, threats and insults finally, he was released temporarily on a bail of 500 million IRR, on May 11, 2010.

Mr. Shahidi was charged in January 2010. Branch 28 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, presided by Judge Moghiseh, was held on June 28, 2011. According to the sources close to this Baha’i citizen, he was behaved offensively in the court.

Ighan Shahidi was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment by Branch 28 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court on charges of “propaganda against the regime” and “membership in the Baha’i community”. The sentence was announced to his lawyer, on July 23, 2011.

Ighan Shahidi was arrested on April 9, 2012, to serve his imprisonment sentence and is currently in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj.

Vahed Kholousi, born in 1986, in Hamadan was a resident of Tehran.

This human rights activist was arrested following a written summon from branch 3 of Evin court, on August 17, 2011, and was held in ward 2-A in Evin prison for 21 days. Then he was transferred to Rajai Shahr prison.

He was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court, presided by Judge Moghiseh, on June 2011, on charge of “gathering and collusion with intention to commit crimes against the national security, membership and efficient activities in the Baha’i community and its wide propaganda, membership and efficient activities in the Committee for the Right to Education”, which was upheld by the appeals court.

This civil activist was arrested to serve his 5-year imprisonment sentence, on August 24, 2015, and was transferred to ward 4, hall 12 of Rajai Shahr prison, on September 29.

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