Update on Arrested Baha’is in Hamadan


Further to Iran Press Watch’s recent reports on additional pressures brought upon the Baha’is of Hamadan, it has been learned that Sahba Khademi-Delju was incarcerated incommunicado for one week and released on bail and surety on April 14.

The homes of the following Baha’is were raided on Saturday, April 11, 2009, and some of their personal properties confiscated.  They were also arrested and after one day of incarceration and interrogations were released on bail and surety:  Miss Sorour Sorourian, Miss Samira Ayoubi, Mr. Payman Aqdasi and Mr. Faraz Purhamzeh.

Iran Press Watch will bring further updates as they become available.


8 Responses

  1. Glenn Franco Simmons

    April 16, 2009 3:49 am

    Thank you for this update. They will be in my prayers. I am so fortunate to live in a country where I may practice my religion without persecution, although there is some discrimination I have experienced, but nothing like the life-and-death issues Iranian Bahais face.

  2. Elaina

    April 16, 2009 10:25 am

    I just discovered this website a couple of days ago. Thanks for the updates and letting the people know of the cruel treatment of Baha’is in Iran.

  3. Glenn Franco Simmons

    April 17, 2009 9:15 pm

    It seems strange to be writing comments that can be seen in Iran from my home in the Redwood Empire in the USA, where I have complete freedom, while in Iran, the repository of so many wonderful things dating back to Cyrus and before, is enveloped in a crisis where people’s homes are raided in Hammadan due to their religious faith. I feel blessed but spoiled, as I see the actual names and have an actual response from one of the persons who was detained. It is humbling beyond belief.

  4. Samira

    April 18, 2009 1:46 pm

    it is also amazing for me and evey one of us that the news has spread so fast…. it is a good point for us. we need your prayers all the time. only the love of Bahaullah chnage the hard situation to sweet and lovely and then we could go on.

  5. Glenn Franco Simmons

    April 18, 2009 5:53 pm


    It is you who is blessed.

    I sit in the lap of luxury, in a nation where religious diversity is celebrated, and when I read these reports on Iran Press Watch, it just saddens me deeply, but hearing your words has humbled me, chastened me, sobered me beyond belief.

    I actually have wept in reading your responses as I realize what an important role Iran Pres Watch is playing, what you and other Bahais are doing.

    The least I can do is to pray, but I will also pray for all Iranians, of all faiths, including those who may act in ways that I feel are inappropriate. They are people, too.


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