On Thursday, January 12, security forces arrested Baha’i citizen Nabil Movafaghi, a resident of Sari, at his relatives’ house in Gonbad-e Kavus, Golestan Province. The agents searched the house, confiscated some of his belongings, and took him to an undisclosed location.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on January 12, 2023, Baha’i Nabil Movafaghi was arrested in Gonbad-e Kavus, Golestan Province.
Movafaghi is 24 years old and a resident of Sari, Mazandaran Province.
The reason for his arrest and the allegations are still unknown.
According to unofficial sources, it is estimated that more than 300,000 Baha’is live in Iran, but the Iranian Constitution recognizes only Islam as the official religion, in addition to Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism. Bahai faith is not considered legitimate by the authorities, and the rights of Baha’is in Iran have been systematically violated for years.
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