Report of Arrest of Baha’i Roya Hosseinzadeh in Gilan

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Translation by Iran Press Watch

HRANA News- Roya Hosseinzadeh, A Baha’i resident of Manjil in the province of Gilan, was arrested on February 2, 2019 by security forces at her residence and transferred to Lakan prison in the city of Rasht. She was temporarily released on bail on Monday.

According to HRANA – Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran – on Monday, February 4, 2019, Roya Hosseinzadeh was released from Lakan prison in Rasht on $50,000,000 toumans (roughly $5000 USD) bail until her court date.
This Iranian Baha’i was arrested by authorities at 10 A.M. on Saturday, February 2, at her home in Manjil, and was sent to Lakan prison in Rasht.

Manjil is a city in Rudbar county of the Province of Gilan in northern Iran.
Baha’is in Iran are denied freedom to practice their religion. This systematic denial occurs even though according to Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, everyone has the right to freely choose their religion or convert to another, and has the right to express their belief individually or collectively, privately or publicly.

According to unofficial sources in Iran, there are about 300,000 Baha’is in Iran; however the current Constitution of Iran only recognizes Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrian as official religions. Baha’is are not included in that list, and for that reason in recent years their rights have been systematically violated.


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