Business of a Baha’i in prison in Semnan shut down

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HRANA News Agency – the optometry shop of Afrasiyab Sobhani, a Baha’i imprisoned in Semnan*, has been shut down.

According to reports, the news organization Human Rights Activists in Iran , in the wake of increasing economic pressure on the Baha’is of Semnan , on 19 April the optometry shop of Afrasiyab Sobhani, a Baha’i prisoner, was closed and sealed without any reason given, by the department in charge of public places in Semnan. Afrasiyab Sobhani is a Baha’i in Semnan who has been sentenced to one year imprisonment, and is currently serving his term in prison.


While in prison, this Baha’i prisoner maintained his optometry business, which was run by another Baha’i from Semnan, in order to support his family.

* According to a list appended to the March 2014 Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran (, Afrasiyab Sobhani was arrested on 14 May 2012 and sentenced to 5 years of incarceration on 21 August 2012 on a charge of “propaganda against the regime”.


Translation by Iran Press Watch

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  1. N. E. Hoyle

    April 16, 2014 2:52 pm

    Hopefully, those Iranians who genuinely reflect the tenets of Islam, will step in, come to the aid of this persecuted family, and keep them supplied with the necessities of life.


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