The physical well being of an imprisoned Baha'i is in danger


Rozita Vasseghi
Rozita Vasseghi

Wednesday 30 Tir 1389 at 16:40

Hrana News – The physical well being of Rozita Vasseghi, an imprisoned Baha’i in Mashad’s Vakil Abad prison has been reported as very serious during the last family visit.

According to Hrana reporters she has been in solitary confinement for more than 125 days and has weakened and thinned out significantly, resulting in low blood pressure and severe pain in her palms and feet. This pain has caused the movement of hands and feet to be very difficult and with severe pain.

This condition exists while those responsible at the Mashad Information Office, in responding to the family about her unfavourable condition, have merely stated that Rozita Vasseghi is not cooperating and her condition will not change until she does cooperate with them.

Rozita Vasseghi went into quarantine of Vakil Abad prison for 12 days, on 24th of Farvardin
1389 ( a month after her arrest) and subsequently was again transferred to the solitary confinement of Mashad Information Office without any judicial order. This action was apparently taken so that pending the announcement of her transfer to the Vakil Abad prison they could keep her in the arresting facility of the Information Office without any judicial order.

Another interesting aspect is that on 6th of Tir ’89 a security bond of 50 million tumans was obtained from Vasseghi family in order to release her but so far not only no action has been taken in this regard, but no clear and satisfactory answer has been given by those responsible.

Translation by iran Press Watch
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6 Responses

  1. Edward Knight

    July 23, 2010 11:01 am

    Dear Sir: Did I miss something? Exactly what was her ‘crime’ to receive such special attention from police. All I can conclude is that Rozita Vasseghi is with holding information from the police.
    After 125 days in solitary confinement how ‘timely or reliable’ could that ”information” remain? The family’s payment of a security bond of 50 million tumans and the authorities refusal to release her raises a hold series of new questions.
    This is a case worth watching.

    Edward Knight

  2. Dawnbreaker19

    July 23, 2010 2:20 pm

    “She is not cooperating” = not confessing to lies; no renouncing her faith; not promising to no longer live her faith when release.

    May these evil men and women who rule roughshod over Iran fall into the darkest depths of hell.

  3. Brett Zamir

    July 23, 2010 3:55 pm

    Let’s be careful what we wish for, Dawnbreaker19. No doubt they will get some of that which they deserve, despite God’s mercy, and even that alone should be enough to make us wish to pray to God to mitigate the severity of that severe punishment which may threaten them.

    “the event which hath truly cheered the eye of the world…is none other than the intercession of the friends with the high authorities in favour of their enemies.” (Baha’u’llah, Lawh-i-Dunya, Tablet of the World)

    Of course, it is still for the role of institutions, including international ones, to defend the innocent, a role separate from personal forgiveness, wish they will hopefully increasingly do for those oppressed around the whole world.

  4. concorde

    July 23, 2010 9:26 pm

    Yes, Brett; if Baha’is wish to champion religious unity and promote reconciliation, they have to face trails with non violence, assisting their assailants towards a better understanding, as Abdu’l-Baha advises them :

    “You must make firm the feet at the time when these trials transpire, and demonstrate forbearance and patience. You must withstand them with the utmost love and kindness; consider their oppression and persecution as the caprice of children, and do not give any importance to whatever they do. For at the end the illumination of the Kingdom will overwhelm the darkness of the world and the exaltation and grandeur of your station will become apparent and manifest… Rest ye assured.”
    (“Star of the West”], vol. 1, no. 10 (8 September 1910), pp. 1-2)


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