Baha’i Shops Sealed For Unknown Reasons

The iranian Baha’i community continues to be targeted of persecution and crackdown. 

Recently thier shops and business were sealed without any clear reasons. 

17 shops belonging to Baha’i simultaneously in three cities, Sari, Ghaem Shahr and Tenakbon were closed by the Office of the General Directorate of town.
A Baha’i confirmed this news and said to HRANA: « On Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14 it was our twin holy days and we stop to work on these days. The authorities took advantage of this stoppage and the Baha’i stores have been sealed across the country »
The list of baha’is who their Businesses were sealed are:
In Sari:
Ashkan Khalili (Winding)

Behzad Zabihi (Optometry)

Bozorgmehr Har (Optometry)

Hoshmand Goli (Clothing)

In GhaemShahr
Nima NoKhah (Toy shop)

Sohrab Laghai (Optometry)

Soheil Hagh Doost (Optometry)

Farzad Sabeti (Seller of Wheel)

Nima Miri (Cosmetics)

Changiz Derakhshanian (Cosmetics & medical)

Zahra Golabian (Optometry)

Zekrollah Babaei (Grocery)

In Tenakbon
Omid Ghaderi (Alarms seller)

Farhad Taghipour (Seller and installer of cooler)

Rouhollah Ighani (Refrigerator repairman)

Michel Esmaeilpour (Seller and installer of cooler)

Armin Esmaeilpour (Seller and installer of cooler)

Separate reports from Rafsanjan and two cities in Mazandaran indicate that a considerable number of Bahai-run businesses have been shut down by the authorities, after their owners closed their businesses to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the Bab and Baha’u’llah — the first of two consecutive days known as the twin Holy Days. In Mazandaran, almost ten businesses in Qa`em Shahr and Tenakbon were sealed by the authorities on November 14, and on the same day all the Bahai businesses still operating in Rafsanjan were sealed by local authorities. Twelve Baha’i-run businesses had already been closed. The exclusion of Bahais from economic activities in Iran, and the confiscation of their properties, has become more systematic and widespread in recent years, as the government seeks to reduce this section of the population to subsistence-level serfdom, and to “block their progress.”

F.B. November 17

Death Row Political Prisoner In Dire Health Condition

According to HRANA:

Mohammad Abdullahi, is a political prisoner sentenced to death in Orumiyeh prison. 

During the arrest he had a fracture of his left leg, and despite his critical health situation and problems of the spine, he has been denied proper medical treatments and was deprived of the transfer to the hospital.

Mohammad Abdullahi was arrested on March 18,  2011. He was accused of Moharrebeh (enmity against god) and also accused to have links with the Kurdish parties. He is awaiting execution in Oroumiyeh prison. 

His brother is also serving his prison sentence and was recently moved to Birjand prison. 

FB November 17

4 Prisoners Summoned

According to HRANA:

Majid Azarpi and Ali Shariati are 2 political prisoners who went on hunger strike on November 5, 2015. 

Majid Mohammadi Moein is a journalist prisoner and also went to hunger strike to protest against the dire condition of his detention in Evin prison. He is serving his four prison sentence since february 2011. 

Esmaeil Abdi is a teacher prisoner arrested on june 27, 2015. 

All of these four prisoners Summoned By Deputy Prosecutor of Tehran in ward 8 of Evin Prison to discuss about their situation. 
FB November 16

17 Baha’i Businesses Sealed (Update)

17 shops belonging to Baha’i simultaneously in three cities, Sari, Ghaem Shahr and Tenakbon were closed by the Office of the General Directorate of town.

A Baha’i confirmed this news and said to HRANA: « On Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14 it was our twin holy days and we stop to work on these days. The authorities took advantage of this stoppage and the Baha’i stores have been sealed across the country »

The list of baha’is who their Businesses were sealed are:

In Sari:

  • Ashkan Khalili (Winding)
  • Behzad Zabihi (Optometry)
  • Bozorgmehr Har (Optometry)
  • Hoshmand Goli (Clothing)

In GhaemShahr

  • Nima NoKhah (Toy shop)
  • Sohrab Laghai (Optometry)
  • Soheil Hagh Doost (Optometry)
  • Farzad Sabeti (Seller of Wheel)
  • Nima Miri (Cosmetics)
  • Changiz Derakhshanian (Cosmetics & medical)
  • Zahra Golabian (Optometry)
  • Zekrollah Babaei (Grocery)

In Tenakbon

  • Omid Ghaderi (Alarms seller)
  • Farhad Taghipour (Seller and installer of cooler)
  • Rouhollah Ighani (Refrigerator repairman)
  • Michel Esmaeilpour (Seller and installer of cooler)
  • Armin Esmaeilpour (Seller and installer of cooler)

Separate reports from Rafsanjan and two cities in Mazandaran indicate that a considerable number of Bahai-run businesses have been shut down by the authorities, after their owners closed their businesses to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the Bab and Baha’u’llah — the first of two consecutive days known as the twin Holy Days. In Mazandaran, almost ten businesses in Qa`em Shahr and Tenakbon were sealed by the authorities on November 14, and on the same day all the Bahai businesses still operating in Rafsanjan were sealed by local authorities. Twelve Baha’i-run businesses had already been closed. The exclusion of Bahais from economic activities in Iran, and the confiscation of their properties, has become more systematic and widespread in recent years, as the government seeks to reduce this section of the population to subsistence-level serfdom, and to “block their progress.”

Sources from HRANA & https://sensday.wordpress.com/

F.B. November 15

At Least 16 Baha’is Arrested In Iran

According to HRANA, at least 16 baha’i citizens were arrested by the security forces in three various cities in Iran today on November 15, 2015.

The names of these baha’is arrested are:

In Tehran:

  1. Saba Farnoush
  2. Negar Bagheri
  3. Nava Majzoub
  4. Yavar Haghighat
  5. Navid Aghdasi
  6. Helia Moshtiagh

In Esfahan

  1. Keyvan Nikaein
  2. Parvin Nikaein
  3. Yeganeh Agahi
  4. Naeim Janamian
  5. Arshia Rouhani
  6. Navid Hemat

In Mashhad

  1. Sanaz Eshaghi
  2. Nika Pakzadan
  3. Farzaneh Daneshgari
  4. Naghmeh Zabihian

It is clear that as always the only reason for their arrest is because of their peaceful Bahá’í beliefs

These arrests follow the closure of Baha’i workplaces. See here for more information

F.B. November 15

Abol Ghasem Fouladvand Denied Hospitalization

According to HRA, yesterday on November 14, Abol Ghasem Fouladvand, a political prisoner who is incarcerated in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, was transferred to Imam Khomeini hospital in Tehran for a hernia operation.

But the hospital management refused to hospitalize Abol Ghasem Fouladvand and he was returned a few hours later at the prison.

The reason given by the management of the hospital is that: the organization of prisons and Rajai Shahr prison and have not honored their financial debts to the hospital and therefore the contract with the hospital prisons expired.
According to the report, the political prisoner had been called previously by a doctor of the hospital to perform surgery and hospitalized but had been recalled to prison.

Deputy Prosecutor had notified the refusal of treatment of this political prisoner.
Abol Ghasem Fouladvand, 52, on charges of « rebellion through membership in the MEK organization » was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
In addition, he was also sentenced to two years in prison on charges of « insulting the Supreme Guide ».
And he was also sentenced to 74 lashes and a year in prison for participating in demonstrations in 2009.
18 years for this taxi driver from the town of Shahriar whereas in 1981, this political prisoner had served one year and six months in prison for the same charges.

F.B. November 15

In Iran’s Cities 15 Baha’i Businesses Sealed

Fifteen shops belonging to Baha’i simultaneously in three cities, Sari, Ghaem Shahr and Tenakbon were closed by the Office of the General Directorate of town.

A Baha’i confirmed this news and said to HRANA: « On Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14 it was our twin holy days and we stop to work on these days. The authorities took advantage of this stoppage and the Baha’i stores have been sealed across the country »

The list of baha’is who their Businesses were sealed are:

In Sari:

  • Ashkan Khalili (Winding)
  • Behzad Zabihi (Optometry)
  • Bozorgmehr Har (Optometry)
  • Hoshmand Goli (Clothing)

In GhaemShahr

  • Nima NoKhah (Toy shop)
  • Sohrab Laghai (Optometry)
  • Soheil Hagh Doost (Optometry)
  • Farzad Sabeti (Seller of Wheel)
  • Nima Miri (Cosmetics)
  • Changiz Derakhshanian (Cosmetics & medical)

In Tenakbon

  • Omid Ghaderi (Alarms seller)
  • Farhad Taghipour (Seller and installer of cooler)
  • Rouhollah Ighani (Refrigerator repairman)
  • Michel Esmaeilpour (Seller and installer of cooler)
  • Armin Esmaeilpour (Seller and installer of cooler)

Separate reports from Rafsanjan and two cities in Mazandaran indicate that a considerable number of Bahai-run businesses have been shut down by the authorities, after their owners closed their businesses to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the Bab and Baha’u’llah — the first of two consecutive days known as the twin Holy Days. In Mazandaran, almost ten businesses in Qa`em Shahr and Tenakbon were sealed by the authorities on November 14, and on the same day all the Bahai businesses still operating in Rafsanjan were sealed by local authorities. Twelve Baha’i-run businesses had already been closed. The exclusion of Bahais from economic activities in Iran, and the confiscation of their properties, has become more systematic and widespread in recent years, as the government seeks to reduce this section of the population to subsistence-level serfdom, and to “block their progress.”

Sources from HRANA & https://sensday.wordpress.com/

F.B. November 15

3 Men & One Woman Hanged In Tabriz Prison

According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network: This morning, Thursday 12 November, four prisoners accused of drug crimes, among them a woman prisoner, were executed in the central prison of Tabriz.

The names of these executed prisoners are:

  1. Mohammad Ali Zamani
  2. Jafar Azizi
  3. Mohammad Panahvand
  4. Ms. Hajar Safari

The 3 men prisoners were from wards 7 and 9 and the woman prisoner from women’s ward. All of them were charged with drug trafficking and were hanged in the Tabriz prison area.

Political Prisoner Masoud Jafarabadi In Limbo For 6 Years

Masoud-Jafarabadi-sahamnews-e1447321259359photo from http://sahamnews.org/

According to The « Saham news », « Mr. Masoud Jafarabadi » a political prisoner of Rajaei Shahr prison, is in limbo for 6 years. He was charged with « hacking » the website of Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the Intelligence Ministry of the Islamic Republic. He remains in custody without trial since six years ago in Rajai Shahr prison of Karaj.


Mahabad Political Prisoners Under Continued Pressure

The political prisoners of Mahabad are under relentless pressure by the guards of Mahabad prison. 

Earlier on Monday 2015 August 17, 500 male prisoners and 30 female prisoners in the women’s ward of Mahabad prison have protested against the new restrictions imposed by the new head of the prison. And they went to a general strike. Later they ended their strike because the prison authorities promised assistance.