On Thursday, April 16, 2009, Iran Press News reported the following in Persian (http://www.iranpressnews.com/source/057579.htm) and a translation is provided by Iran Press Watch:
Despite dissolution of the unofficial Baha’i organization in Iran, the Ministry of Intelligence continues to summon a large number of Baha’is in various parts of the country for questioning.
In this regard, the following six (6) Baha’is were called in during the last week by the Information Office of the Ministry of Intelligence in Mashhad: Rozita Vaseqi, Davar Nabilzadeh, Nura Nabilzadeh, Nasrin Nuzdahi, Nahid Nuzdahi and Sirous Zabihi.
Security agencies summon these Baha’is in order to receive written assurances that in no way they would be involved in their religious activities or would mention their faith. However, the Baha’is continue to insist that such a demand is against their civil and human rights and refuse to comply.
Editor’s Note: It should be mentioned that the Universal House of Justice, the worldwide governing body for the Baha’i community, has recently written the Baha’is of Iran and has urged them to refuse compliance with any request that infringes upon the practice of the Baha’i religion as individual. Iran Press Watch intends to share that letter in translation in a near future.
Iran Press Watch was about to publish the above report when the following communication was received from Iran (offered below in translation):
In regard to the case of the summoned six Baha’is, the following details are shared:
- Sirous Zabihi was a former Baha’i leader (known as Khademin) in Mashhad. He was called in by the Information Office of the said Ministry on March 16, 2009, in order to sign an assurance [that he not participate in Baha’i activities, such as, 19-day Feasts or devotional gatherings]. Like other Khademin of that city, he refused.
- From April 5 to April 12, some nine (9) Baha’is in Mashhad have been summoned at different times to the Revolutionary Court’s Office of Information. These Baha’is include: Nahid Qadiri, Nasrin Qadiri, Rozita Vaseqi, Human Bakhtavar, Davar Nabilzadeh, Nura Nabilzadeh, Kaviz Nuzdahi, Mahsa Aqdasizadeh, and Roya Rajabian.
- When these Baha’is presented themselves to the aforesaid office, they were asked to sign an assurance that they would not attend any Baha’i religious activity, such as, 19-day Feast. None of the Baha’is complied with the request, even when they were threatened with imprisonment.
It is clear that such pressures on the Baha’i community clearly demonstrates the regime’s unfounded accusations against the Baha’is and is intended to further suppress and limit the Baha’i community.