Report on the status of Bahai prisoners in Iran


HRANA [, 20 March 2012] The Human Rights Activists’ News Agency (HRANA) reports that, as Now Ruz approaches, 67 Bahai prisoners remain in detention in Iran. Of these, 43 are sentenced prisoners, serving a total of 260 years in prison, and 24 are in detention in the offices of the Ministry of Intelligence. Many others were in prison or detained during the course of the year, but were freed as they completed their sentences, or are free on bail pending their sentences. A number of Bahais, including Sho`aleh Ta’ef and Mehran Bandi ( شعله طائف و مهران بندی ) are in internal exile, having completed their time in prison.

The known prisoners at present are:

Tehran (Evin – for women):
1 – Fariba Kamalabadi (sentence of 20 years)فریبا کمال آبادی
2 – Mahvash Sabet (20 years) مهوش ثابت
3 – Nowshin Khadem (4 years) نوشین خادم
4 – Manijheh Nasrollahi (3 years) منیژه نصرالهی

Tehran (Evin – Section 350):
5 – Shahram Chinayan (8 years) شهرام چینیان
6 – Payman Kashfi (4 years) پیمان کشفی
7 – Afshin Hirtiyan (4 years) افشین حیرتیان
8 – Shahrukh Ta’if (4 years) شاهرخ طائف
9 – Foad Khanjani (4 years) فواد خانجانی
10 – Didar Ra’ufi (3 years) دیدار رئوفی
11 – Sama Nurani (1 year) سما نورانی

Karaj (Rajai Shahr prison):
12 – Jamaluddin Khanjani (20 years) جمال الدین خانجانی
13 – Vahid Tizfahm (20 years) وحید تیزفهم
14 – Afif Na`imi (20 years) عفیف نعیمی
15 – Behruz Tavakkoli (20 years) بهروز توکلی
16 – Sa`id Reza’i (20 years) سعید رضایی
17 – Kamran Morteza’i (5 years) کامران مرتضایی
18 – Mahmud Badevam (4 years) محمود بادوام
19 – Farhad Sedaqi (4 years) فرهاد صدقی
20 – Ramin Zeba’i (4 years) رامین زیبایی
21 – Riaz Sobhani (4 years) ریاض سبحانی
22 – Kamran Rahimian (sentenced to 4 years – subject to appeal) کامران رحیمیان

23 – Davar Nabilzadeh (5 years) داور نبیل زاده
24 – Jalayer Wahdat (5 years) جلایر وحدت
25 – Sima Eshraqi (5 years) سیما اشراقی
26 – Rozita Waseqi (5 years) رزیتا واثقی
27 – Nahid Qadiri (5 years) ناهید قدیری
28 – Sima Rajabiyan (2 years) سیما رجبیان
29 – Nasrin Qadiri (2 years) نسرین قدیری
30 – Kaviz Nuzdehi (2 years) کاویز نوزدهی
31 – Houman Bakhtavar (2 years) هومن بخت آور
32 – Ezzatollah Ahmadiyan (in detention) عزت الله احمدیان
33 – Shahzad Khalili (in detention) شهزاد خلیلی
34 – Hurriyyeh Mohseni (in detention) حوریه محسنی
35 – Negin Ahmadiyan (in detention)نگین احمدیان
36 – Arman Mokhtari (in detention) آرمان مختاری
37 – Noghmeh Dhabihayan (in detention) نغمه ذبیحیان
38 – Shayan Tafazzoli (in detention) شایان تفضلی

39 – Keyvan Karami (sentenced to 10 months) کیوان کرمی
40 – Wahdat Dana (10 months) وحدت دانا
41 – Afshin Ahsanayan (10 months) افشین احسنیان
42 – Farham Ma`sumi (10 months) فرهام معصومی
43 – Nima Dehqani (in detention) نیما دهقان
44 – Yekta Fahndazh (in detention) یکتا فهندژ
45 – Mazhgan `Emadi (in detention) مژگان عمادی
46 – Sam Jaberi (in detention) سام جابری
47 – Sina Sarikhani (in detention) سینا ساریخانی
48 – Farid `Emadi (in detention) فرید عمادی
49 – Mazhdeh Fallah (in detention) مژده فلاح
50 – Farshid Yazdani (in detention) فرشید یزدانی
51 – ‘Iman Rahmat-penah (temporary detention) ایمان رحمت پناه
52 – Houman Zara`i (in detention) هومن زارعی
53 – Kambiz Habibi (in detention) کامبیز حبیبی
54 – Kavus Samimi (in detention) کاووس صمیمی

55 – Afshin Iqany (4 years and 3 months) افشین ایقانی
56 – Behfar Khanjani (4 years) بهفر خانجانی
57 – Siamak Iqany (3 years) سیامک ایقانی
58 – Nader Kesa’i (3 years) نادر کسایی
59 – `Ali Ehsani (2 years) علی احسانی

60 – `Erfan Shoja`i (in detention) عرفان شجاعی
61 – Bakhtiyar Rasekhi (temporary detention) بختیار راسخی
62 – Farhnaz Na`imi (in detention) فرحناز نعیمی
63 – Farin Rasekhi(temporary detention) فرین راسخی

64 – Houshang Fana’ayan (sentenced to 4 years) هوشنگ فناییان
65 – Anwar Muslimi (1 year) انور مسلمی
66 – Natoly Derakhshan (temporary detention) ناتولی درخشان

67 – `Ali Baksh-bazhar Afkan (2 years and 6 months) علی بخش بذر افکن

Source: translation by Sen:

HRA News in Persian:



21 Responses

  1. kanmani sangaran

    April 2, 2012 6:18 am



    April 2, 2012 7:01 am

    We are Baha’is from Monaco, please release them and give them the freedom we are ALL entitled to.
    We are praying for them

  3. Torild Torsmyr Jack

    April 2, 2012 7:12 am

    Please release my friends, and give them the fridom. They have done noting wrong.
    We are tinking of them and praying for them.

  4. Hailu's family

    April 2, 2012 8:44 am

    Please government of Iran, please give humanity the right to believe,
    and avoid sentence to the innocent Baha’i believers.Remember the early believers of prophet Mohammed ,how they were persecuted by non-believers.
    Dont repeat history.Please show them love & give freedom,justice again love.
    Change your constitution in terms of religious freedom.One day God may find the solution if you neglect them.Every thing is under His sovereignity.when his patience is at the climax; where will be your resting (tabernacle ) point.
    Please please, release those innocent Baha’i believers!!!

  5. amelia taeed

    April 2, 2012 8:52 am

    As an individual who stands behind the declaration of Human Rights, I am pleading for the basic right of all the Baha’i prisoners in Iran which starts with their immediate release from the prisons.

  6. Chris Traub

    April 2, 2012 4:17 pm

    Iranian people are better than this. I would strongly advise them to stop violating the human rights of the Iranian Baha’is. Baha’is want nothing but peace and friendship with Muslims. They are no threat whatsoever to Iran and are the most loyal citizens the country has. There is no possible excuse for their imprisonment.

  7. Vafa-Canada

    April 2, 2012 5:39 pm

    “The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice” ….. writings of Baha’u’llah.
    May God protect the Baha’is of Iran from this tyranny that has been going on for over 16o years in the place of its birth. Those who constantly cause injustice to the innocent will eventually be answerable to God. Every atrocity is being recorded for history to know, and to hold those responsible accountable for their deeds.

  8. Fariba

    April 2, 2012 9:15 pm

    I have promissed myself to pray for these wonderful individual that are in prison every day until they get free.

  9. cristina khozein

    April 3, 2012 12:19 am

    These are mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, husbands and wives, friends and neighbors. Regular wonderful people who believe in peace in diversity, people working for the unity of all the humanity. They believe the earth is just one country and all the human beings its citizens. Allow them to work on this wonderful principles.

  10. Jerome Kerr

    April 3, 2012 1:27 am

    They hope to extinguish God’s light. By their actions, a thousand fires around the world are being lit and a hundred thousand in Iran. One day a wind will blow and everything they have hoped to sustain will collapse. Their cruelties, greed and selfishness will be exposed and they will be the objects throughout history of derision whereas those whom they have imprisoned and have deprived of their rights will be extolled and admired. May the hearts of the jailers be changed and their eyes opened and their hands be led to do what is good and right for the healing of nations.

  11. Marko Sebastiani

    April 3, 2012 9:12 pm

    In the same way that Paul persecuted the christians (and later become one of the apostles of Jesus), may the persecutors of the baha’is become changed in such way that they will follow Baha’u’llah and defend its Faith

  12. Anne Corvin

    April 3, 2012 9:24 pm

    We pray for the release of these dear friend. Please release them so they can go back and be with their families.

  13. Juana Gonnzález

    April 7, 2012 1:47 pm

    Por caridad y los derechos humanos .Por favor pongan en libertad estas personas todos amamos a DIOS por lo tanto que cada cual tenga derecho y libertad en sus creencias.Que DIOS les otorgue compasión,tolerancia,y piensen como están estas familias con sus seres queridos en prisión.LIBERTAD

  14. Juana Gonnzález

    April 7, 2012 1:51 pm

    Por caridad y los derechos humanos .Por favor pongan en libertad a estas personas todos amamos a DIOS por lo tanto que cada cual tenga derecho y libertad en sus creencias.Que DIOS les otorgue compasión,tolerancia,y piensen como están estas familias con sus seres queridos en prisión.LIBERTAD

  15. Gaëtane Poliquin, Québec (Canada)

    April 7, 2012 8:08 pm

    SVP Libérez ces êtres innocents dont les principes sont basés sur l’amour et l’unité du monde! Ils ne présentent surtout aucune menace pour leur pays. Leurs familles et leur pays ont besoin d’eux! Épargnez-les svp! Please release these innocent people! Will keep on praying for them.

  16. mussie alemseged

    April 7, 2012 10:56 pm

    “…..rely up on God,thy God and the Lord of thy fathers.For the people are wandering in the path of delusion,bereft of discernment to see God with their own eyes,or hear His Melody with their own ears,Thus have We found them,as thou also dost witness…..”Baha o llah

  17. Carla Baker

    April 8, 2012 2:35 am

    I am a Baha’i in Houston, TX in the United States and the mission of all Baha’is is the unity of the humankind and the respect for all religions, including the Muslim Faith. We are changing peoples’ hearts to be kind, loving, and the guiding force for the betterment of the world. Please let our Baha’i sisters and brothers out of prison for upholding these principles that will edify the survival of our civilization.

  18. Carol Saunders

    April 8, 2012 8:20 am

    I am a Baha’i in Australia and I beg you to look to the example that Mohammed himself set and be fair and practice justice and release these innocent people who have done nothing but love God and love Baha’u’llah and Mohammed and Jesus and Krsna and Buddha and ALL the important spiritual teachers. Baha’is have NEVER persecuted Muslims and have only offered the hand of friendship and fellowship


    April 8, 2012 9:50 pm

    I am a Baha’i in my pants and PLEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASE! liberate the inocents orphans and the INOCENT WIDOWS who have done no harm to anybody.


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    April 8, 2012 9:54 pm

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