Rafsanjan: Arrest of 3 Baha’i Citizens, Homes Searched

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Source: www.hra-news.org

Translation by Iran Press Watch

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights in Iran, three Baha’i citizens living in the city of Rafsanjan were arrested by security forces and taken to an unknown location on Sunday June 7, 2020.

HRANA News Agency – On Sunday, June 7, three Baha Citizens in Rafsanjan were arrested and their homes raided. Nahid Naimi, Didar Ahmadi and Boshra Mostafavei were arrested by security forces and taken to an unknown.  At the time of arrest, officers searched their homes confiscated some of their personal belongings, such as mobile phones, books and computers.

Baha’i citizens in Iran are deprived of liberties of practicing their religious beliefs. This systematic deprivation of liberty occurs while Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights entitle any individual to freedom of religion and belief and also freedom to express it individually or collectively and in public or in private.

According to unofficial sources, there are more than 300,000 Baha’is in Iran, but Iran’s constitution only recognizes Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism and does not recognize the Baha’i faith. For this reason, the rights of Baha’is in Iran have been systematically violated over past years.

Rafsanjan is one of the cities in Kerman province and the third most populous city in this province.

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