Arrest of Mahboubeh Misaghian, Bahá’í Citizen of Yazd

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Source: www.hra-news.org

Translation by Iran Press Watch

HRANA News Agency – On Monday, June 1st Mahboubeh Misaghian (Dehghan), a Bahá’í citizen residing in Yazd, was arrested and transferred to an unknown location by security forces. At the time of arrest, the agents inspected Mrs. Misaghian’s home and confiscated some of her personal belongings.

The agents, who identified themselves as agents of the Ministry of Information, arrived at Mrs. Misaghian’s home at 10 AM on Monday, searched her home and took Mrs. Misaghian into custody.. A number of Mrs. Misaghian’s personal belongings were confiscated..

On Saturday, 30 May 2020, two other Bahá’í citizens in Yazd, Mitra Bandi Amirabadi and Hiva Yazdan Mehdiabadi, were arrested by security agents and transferred to an unknown location.

Prior to this on 21 May 2020, Amin Zolfaghari, a Bahá’í citizen residing in Yazd was also arrested by the security agents and transferred to that city’s prison.

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.

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