The Mashhad Revolutionary Court has handed down a sentence of three years and eight months to Baha’i citizen Nooshin Mesbah.
According to the ruling issued by Judge Hadi Mansouri, Mesbah has been sentenced to three years for “membership in groups aiming to endanger national security” and an additional eight months for “spreading propaganda against the regime.”
If the verdict is upheld on appeal, in accordance with Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, the initial three-year prison term will be implemented. Notably, Mesbah had been released on bail totaling 5 billion tomans (approximately 100,000 dollars) in late August, following the conclusion of her interrogation process.
The Baha’i faith is not recognized as a legitimate religion by Iranian authorities, leading to systematic and longstanding violations of the rights of Baha’is in the country. This includes the denial of their fundamental right to practice their religion, which constitutes a clear breach of both Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The United Nations covenant holds that every person has the right to freedom of religion, freedom of converting religion, as well as freedom of expression, individually or collectively; openly or secretly.