Translation by Iran Press Watch
HRANA News Agency – Rouha Imani, a Baha’i citizen from Kerman, has been arrested and sent to prison to serve her sentence. Ms. Imani was sentenced to nine months of prison by the Revolutionary Court of Yazd in November 2018.
According to HRANA, the news arm of Human Rights Activists in Iran, Rouha Imani, a Baha’i citizen from Kerman, was sent to prison on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 to serve her sentence.
Ms. Imani was sentenced to nine months in prison by the Revolutionary Court of Yazd in November last year.
Rouha Imani was arrested on May 12th, 2015, and transferred to prison. She was released on bail on July 1st of that year, pending her trial.
Baha’is in Iran have been systematically deprived of freedoms related to religious beliefs. This systematic deprivation is in direct contradiction to Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to both of which Iran is a signatory: “All persons have the right to religious freedom, the right to change their religion or belief, and the freedom to express their belief individually or collectively, in public or in private.”
According to unofficial sources in Iran there are more than 300,000 Baha’is living in Iran, but the Iranian constitution recognizes only the religions of Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrian; it does not recognize the Baha’i religion. This is why over the years Baha’is’ rights have been systematically violated in Iran.