Weekly Report on Violation of Baha’i Rights (26 June – 2 July)

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Ruling and enforcing prison sentences for Baha’i citizens were the most important instances of violating their rights in the past week.

RAHANA- The summary of weekly instances of violation of Baha’i rights during the the last week is as follows:

Monday, 28 June 2010
Mashhad Baha’i Resident Nora Nabilzadeh Indicted
Nora Nabilzadeh, a Mashhad resident who was arrested on June 22, 2010 after holding a free session for orphanage children in Mashhad, made a phone call on June 27 and said she had been indicted with her charges.
Baha’i Citizen Nahid Ghadyani to Start 5-Year Prison Term
According to the RAHANA’s reporter, the authorities had previously promised to grant Ghadyani a prison leave and had even issued a bail amount which her family had submitted. However, they were suddenly notified of the start of prison term while awaiting approval of the prison leave.
Mashhad Baha’i Resident Hooman Bakhtavar Summoned to Prison
According to RAHANA’s reporter, Bakhtavar had been initially sentenced to 5 years in prison which was later reduced to 2 years by the appeals court.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Artin Ghazanfari Sentenced to 1 Year in Prison
Artin Ghazanfari, a Tehran Baha’i resident who was initially arrested on January 3, 2010, was sentenced to 1 year in prison. He has reportedly filed an appeal for the issued verdict.

Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Weekly Prison Visits Canceled for Baha’i Community Leaders
Evin prison officials reduced the regular prison visits of the 7 imprisoned leader of Iranian Baha’i community to once every 2 weeks. Leaders of Iranian Baha’i community have been held in temporary detention for more than 2 weeks without having received any verdict from the court.

Thursday, 1 July 2010
Widespread Distribution of Leaflets against Baha’i Residents of Kashan and Aran-Bigdel
Following the general harassment of Baha’i citizens in Iran, a widespread movement has started to impose pressure on the Baha’i community in the cities of Kashan and Aran-Bigdel in central Iran.
According to RAHANA’s reporter, leaflets with the names and address of all local Baha’i opticians were widely distributed across these cities. This issue indicates the presence of government officials to put pressure on Baha’i citizens in these regions.

Source: http://www.rhairan.in/en/?p=5094


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