Dorsa Sobhani has been sentenced to one year in prison


Dorsa Sobhani (RAHANA 28 Dec 2010) Dorsa Sobhani, a Baha’i citizen and a member of One Million Campaign, has been sentenced to one year in prison.

Judge Moghayeseh, the presiding judge of Branch 28 of Tehran Islamic Revolutionary Court, has sentenced Dorsa Sobhani to one year of imprisonment. Her charges include “membership in the Baha’i sect”, “being a member of the one million signatures campaign”, “participation in Human Rights activities”, and “presentation of false documents regarding the innocence of three Baha’i prisoners in Shiraz via email”.

Dorsa Sobhani’s trial was held on December 12, 2010.

Dorsa Sobhani was arrested on March 7, 2010 in her father’s home. Following her arrest, she spent 45 days at Evin Detention Center, 27 of which were spent in solitary confinement. She was released on bail on April 21 2010.




7 Responses

  1. anonymous

    January 10, 2011 2:50 pm

    My impression is that more women are being imprisoned than men. Can iranpresswatch or someone else please give some statistics about the ratio of men to women being imprisoned, and explain why so many women are being imprisoned, more than men? Doesn’t Shi’ah Islam have teachings about being considerate of women?

  2. justice919

    January 10, 2011 4:28 pm

    Dear Anonymous,
    You raise a very good point about Shi’ah Islam’s teachings about consideration for women, but I don’t think this case is really about religion. I believe, moreso, it’s about a regime desperately, frantically trying to maintain its iron grip on a nation, and using persecution of the Baha’is to set an example for the punishment that will be swiftly and harshly levied on people of conscience. Thank you for posting a question that, I believe, furthers the discussion on this matter.

  3. anonymous

    January 14, 2011 1:02 am

    It seems like possibly this situation has reversed since the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, and now the Baha’i women of Iran are taking precedence over the men:

    “Question: Will women or men aid this new religion most? Which will be more capable?
    Answer: In Persia the men have aided it more, but in the West perchance the women. In the West women evidently have precedence in religion, but in the East men surpass the women.”
    (Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 170)


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