Two Baha’i Citizens Summoned and Threatened


Human Rights House of Iran, RAHANA(RAHANA – 21 Oct 2010) : Two Mashhad Baha’i residents who had received prison sentences, have been threatened and summoned in order to begin serving their sentence.

Mashhad (Persian: مشهد, ‹Mašhad›, literally the place of martyrdom) is the second largest city in Iran and one of the holiest cities in the Shia Muslim world.According to the RAHANA reporter, during a short phone conversation at 8:00 am, the security authorities have told Jalayer Vahdat and Sima Eshraghi to prepare themselves in order to begin serving their sentences before noon. After the short phone conversation, the 2 Baha’i residents asked the authorities to give them a little more time for preparations. The authorities denied their requests and threatened that they will detain them with an arrest warrant if they fail to show up at prison before noon.

Recent reports indicate that their deadline has been extended to 3 days. The security forces have used the phrase of “Islamic compassion” when informing them of the extension.



3 Responses

  1. Brooks

    November 1, 2010 10:59 am

    Sima and Jalayer are both well regarded citizens who have done no crime, but in this time of uncertainty and transition they are being imprisoned because administrators must appear to act oppressively toward members of the Baha’i Faith, since oppressive rule has become the fashion. Our prayers are for all the citizens of Iran that they may soon be relieved of this oppression.

  2. Bill

    November 2, 2010 1:35 pm

    “Islamic compassion” would have been never to convict them of any crime in the first place. Those who have sat in judgment of innocent Baha’is will ultimately taste the bitter fruit of their so-called “Islamic compassion.” The Prophet Muhammad, upon Him be peace, is ashamed.


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