Translation by Iran Press Watch
Hami Bahadori, a Baha’i citizen living in Tehran, was arrested by the security forces on Saturday 22nd of October. During a search of Mr. Bahadori’s house, the agents confiscated some personal items belonging to Mr. Bahadori and his family members.
An informed source close to Mr. Bahadori’s family told Harana: “At 9:00 p.m., the security forces came to his house and confiscated personal items such as laptops, computers, books, cameras, gold, and jewelry, and then arrested the patron. After a few hours, during a short phone call with his family, he announced his transfer to Evin prison, but the family’s follow-up regarding his condition was unsuccessful, and Evin officials say that no name with this profile has been registered.
Hami Bahadori is a 26-year-old Baha’i citizen living in Tehran.
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.