Translation by Iran Press Watch
HRANA – On Sunday the 1st of September 2019, Shahnaz Sabet, a Baha’i resident of Shiraz, was arrested by security officers and taken to an unknown location. The officers searched her house and confiscated some of her belongings.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists of Iran, on Sunday the 1st of September 2019, Shahnaz Sabet, a Baha’i citizen, was arrested by security officers in Shiraz and taken to an unknown location.
It is reported that during her arrest, security agents searched her house and confiscated several of her personal items, including bank cards, passport, mobile phone, books and photos. Additionally, the mobile phone, passport, and identity card belonging to her mother were also taken.
The officers also took many photos of her residence during the search.
Until now, no reason has been given for her arrest, and there is no information about her health or location.
Baha’i citizens in Iran are deprived of their freedom of religious beliefs. This deprivation has been systematic, even though according to Article 18 of the Universal Human Rights Declaration and Article 18 of the International Treaty on Political and Civic Rights, every individual has the right to their religious belief and to change beliefs. In addition, every human being must be free to express those beliefs, whether in private or in public.
Based on unofficial sources, there are more than three hundred thousand Baha’is residing in Iran, although constitutionally only the religions of Islam, Judaism, Christianity and Zoroastrianism are officially recognized. Baha’is have no religious freedom; this is why the rights of Baha’is have been systematically violated.