In a recent development, security forces in Karaj have detained Baha’i citizens Iman Ehsani, Iren Rahmani, Foad Taefi, Reza Yazdi, and Fahimeh Yazdi.
According to information received by HRANA, the Ministry of Intelligence apprehended these individuals on Tuesday, November 7. The exact location of their detention remains unknown, intensifying concerns among their families.
Iman Ehsani and Iren Rahmani are parents of two sons aged 2 and 4.
This incident follows HRANA’s prior report on the arrest of four other Baha’is in Karaj. The reasons behind these detentions and the charges against the individuals are currently undisclosed, adding to the growing uncertainty surrounding the situation.
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.