Update on the Situation of the Yaran


On Tuesday, June 23, 2009, Human Rights Activists in Iran provided an alarming update on the situation of the former Baha’i leaders, known as Yaran, which appears below in translation:

After more than a year of incarceration, the situation of the [former] leaders of the Baha’i community of Iran appears to be of profound concern.

According to reports received [by HRA], the seven leaders of the Baha’i community continue to languish in “temporary” incarceration in a high-security section of Evin prison, known as section 209. These seven are: Mahvash Sabet (since Mar. 2008), Jamaloddin Khanjani (May 2008), Saeid Rezaie (May 2008), Fariba Kamalabadi (May 2008), Vahid Tizfahm (May 2008), Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Afif Naeimi.

In addition to psychological pressures, such as, routinely renewing their “temporary” imprisonment, or keeping them in a high-security facility which naturally imposes considerable restrictions on the seven individuals, it is reported that their meal portions has now been reduced considerably to the point that their health is at serious risk. At the same time, prison authorities refuse to permit the families of prisoners to provide the much-needed provisions which would enable them to sustain the brutal conditions of their imprisonment.

Moreover, with the massive arrest of political and civil activists in recent days in Iran and curtailment of telephonic contact of prisoners in Evin with the outside world, the families of these prisoners of conscience have become deeply worried about the condition of their loved-ones.

[Source: http://www.hra-iran.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1312:546&catid=84:502&Itemid=219. Translation by Iran Press Watch.]


3 Responses

  1. Anahid

    June 23, 2009 8:14 pm

    His Excellency Dr.Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
    The presidency

    Seven Baha’i leaders have been arrested since May 14, 2008.I am related to one of them.They are charged for espionage for Israel, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic Republic, etc.

    Since 1979, Baha’is ( several thousands ) have been banned from institutions of higher education solely because of their religious beliefs.And 207 Baha’is are killed since 1978 because of their religious beliefs.


  2. sb

    June 23, 2009 8:34 pm

    Someone in Iran will see the error of treating these harmless God-fearing people in such a terrible, brutal way.


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