Milad Sanai, Baha’i Citizen, Arrested in Sari

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Translation by Iran Press Watch

According to Harana news agency, the news organ of the group of human rights activists in Iran, on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, Milad Sanai, a Baha’i citizen, was arrested in Sari.

An informed source told Harana: “Sari intelligence agents arrested Mr. Senai outside his house. They then performed an inspection of his home, during which they confiscated Mr. Senai‘s mobile phone and laptop. According to some knowledgeable sources, security officers cited protest activity in cyberspace as the reason for his arrest.

To-date there is no information about the whereabouts of this citizen.

Milad Senai, 34 years old, is a photographer, videographer and a resident of Sari city.

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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