HRANA News Agency – Atousa Ahamadayi (Khorrami), a Baha’i living in Tehran, who was arrested yesterday by security forces after a search of her house and confiscation of some personal belongings, was taken to Evin Prison.
According to HRANA News Agency, the news arm of Human Rights Activists in Iran, today, Monday, January 21, 2019, Atousa Ahmadayi (Khorrami), a Baha’i who was arrested yesterday in Tehran, was sent to Evin Prison.
Yesterday, a source close to this detained Baha’i said: “Today, a group of officials from the Ministry of Intelligence, comprised of seven men and a woman, went to Atousa Ahmadayi’s house and arrested her. In addition to the arrest, these Intelligence forces searched her house for personal items and confiscated them, including books, laptops and religious material. They did not tell the Ahmadayi family where she was being taken; they merely told her family “she will call you”. During her arrest, the agents accused her of being guilty of acting against national security.”
Atousa Ahmadayi has been arrested and transferred to Evin Prison at a time when she and her family are caring for her father, who had a stroke.
Baha’is in Iran are denied freedom of religion. This systematic deprivation exists even though Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights state: “Every individual has the right to freedom of religion, change of religion with conviction, and freedom to express their religion or belief, either alone or in community with others, and in public or private.”
According to unofficial sources there are more than three hundred thousand Baha’is living in Iran, but the Iranian Constitution recognizes only the religions of Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism, not the Baha’i Faith. Therefore, recently Baha’i rights have been systematically violated in Iran.