Baha’i Four-Year Jail Term Confirmed in Northeast Iran

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The Court of Appeals in Khorasan Razavi province has upheld the initial verdict for Hourieh Mohseni, a Baha’i citizen, sentencing her to four years in prison. 

She was sentenced to three years in prison for her alleged involvement in a “social action group aiming to promote the Baha’i faith with the intention of disrupting the country’s security.”

Additionally, she received a one-year sentence for “propaganda activities against the Islamic Republic in favor of Baha’i faith,” resulting in a total of four years in prison.

According to Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, Mohseni can be held for three years. 

Baha’is have been systematically persecuted in Iran for 44 years because of their faith and are often accused of being spies or opposed to the Iranian government. 

The Baha’i International Community notes that no evidence has ever been provided to demonstrate these charges.

The Iranian government has intensified its crackdown on members of the Baha’i faith, imprisoning dozens of them on spurious charges over the past year, as well as denying access to higher education, livelihoods, and confiscating or destroying personal properties.


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