Arrest of Baha’i citizen, Anisa Dehghani

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anisa-dehghani-copy1-238x300-150x150 (RAHANA 9 June 2011) On the eve of June 2, 2011 Anisa Dehghani, a Baha’i citizen was apprehended by security agents while a friend was giving her a ride to the bus terminal.

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. Human Rights House of Iran reported that this Baha’i citizen had traveled from Isfahan to Mashhad for a visit with her friends. Security forces in Mashhad arrested her and transferred her to the intelligence holding jail in this city.

To date she has been able to contact her family twice. Despite her family’s efforts, officials have given no explanation for Anisa’s arrest.

During the past few weeks many Baha’i citizens in Iran have been arrested and taken to prison. Instructors of the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education, which is an online Baha’i university, are among those recently incarcerated.




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