Continued Detention of Baha’i Citizens Sina Kamali and Dorsa Dehghani in Shiraz

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Translation by Iran Press Watch

HRANA NEWS AGENCY – Ten days have passed since the arrest of Baha’i citizens, Dorsa Dehghani and Sina Kamali Sarvestani, in Shiraz. As of today, Thursday, July 24, they are still being held in an unknown place. These citizens were arrested separately on June 15 by IRGC intelligence agents. At the time of their arrests, agents searched their homes and confiscated some of their personal belongings.

According to a source close to the families of the two Baha’is, Sina and Dorsa have only had brief telephone conversations with their families since their arrest. They shared that they are being interrogated and are under psychological and physical pressure. This and the lack of accountability of the security agencies about the condition and whereabouts of these two prisoners, have heightened the concern of their families.

According to this informed source, Dorsa Dehghani had been treated for some medical problems before her arrest, and she has not had access to prescribed medications since her arrest.

On Monday, June 15, Sina Kamali, was arrested by IRGC intelligence agents in front of his home in Shiraz and taken to an unknown location. Prior to his arrest, officers searched his home and confiscated some of his personal belongings.

Dorsa Dehghani, was arrested the same evening by IRGC intelligence agents at the city’s train station and taken to an unknown location. After the arrest, the security forces went to the citizen’s residence with her, performed a search and confiscated some of her personal belongings.

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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