Mojgan Ahmadzadeh Sentenced to Prison

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Translation by Iran Press Watch

HRANA ‒ Mojgan Ahmadzadeh (Fada’i), a Baha’i citizen residing in Qaemshahr, has been sentenced to six months of imprisonment by this city’s Revolutionary Court. Ms. Fada’i was notified of the sentence on Monday, December 2.

According to the HRANA, the news arm of Human Rights Activists in Iran, Mojgan Ahmadzadeh (Fada’i), a Baha’i citizen living in Qaemshahr, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment by the Revolutionary Court of this city. Ms. Fada’i was notified of the sentence on Monday, December 2.

Mojgan Ahmadzadeh was arrested by security forces on December 26, 2018, and transferred to solitary confinement at the Kachoui Detention Center in Sari.

At 10am, while traveling with her family to a family garden in the suburbs of Qaemshahr, Ms. Ahmadzadeh was surrounded by four cars and transported back to their home in Qaemshahr by security officials. At the time of the arrest, four officers searched her home and confiscated a number of her and family members’ personal belongings, including three mobile phones, a tablet, a computer case, a number of memory sticks, CDs, prayers books, a group photos of children and religious images.

On 2 January 2019, after a week of interrogation, this Baha’i citizen was temporarily released on bail until the end of court proceedings.

The trial of Mojgan Fada’i was held on November 26, 2019. On Monday December 2, 2019, she was charged with “propaganda against the state” and was sentenced to six months of imprisonment.

Mojgan Ahmadzadeh (Fada’i) is the mother of three children, the youngest of whom is a first grader.

Baha’i citizens of Iran are systematically deprived of religious freedoms, 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, all people are entitled to freedom of religion, belief, and changes thereof, as well as the right to express and practice those beliefs individually or collectively, in public or in private.

Though unofficial sources estimate the Baha’i population of Iran at more than 300,000, Iran’s Constitution officially recognizes only Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism, and does not acknowledge the Baha’i Faith as an official religion. As a result, the rights of Baha’is in Iran are systematically violated.


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