Petition Tag - freedom of religion

1. Free Faribourz Baghi, Serving Two Years In Prison For His Bahai Faith In Iran

March 7, 2015 – Mr. Faribourz Baghi reported to prison in Yazd on March 7, in response to a summons sent through his bail guarantor.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), he is to serve a 2-year term (previously reported as 3 years in prison and 1 year suspended), on charges of acting against national security and propaganda against the regime.

He is one of 20 Bahais who were arrested in central Iran in August 2012, and the sixth of this group to begin their prison terms.

2. Free Elham Farahani & Shamim Naeimi, Mother and Son, Iranians Imprisoned For Their Baha'i Faith

On May 11, Iranian Baha'i-faith citizens Elham Farahani and her son Shamim Naeimi were arrested by regime security forces and taken to the notorious Evin prison to begin serving prison terms which were imposed for their peaceful practice of their Baha'i faith.

Elham Farahani is sentenced to four years of imprisonment, and her Shamim Naeimi is sentenced to three years. Other members of the family, including Elham's husband--and Shamim's father--Adel Naimi (seen in photo with wife and son) have also faced imprisonment and other forms of persecution in the past.

3. Free Mohammad-Hadi Bordhar, Iranian Christian Convert

August 21, 2013--An Iranian Christian convert has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for distributing Bibles in his home country.

Mohammad-Hadi Bordhar was arrested in Iran in December and reportedly said he wanted to "evangelise by handing out 12,000 pocket bibles".

He was accused of "crimes against state security".

After being baptised, the man had created a "domestic church" in his home in Rasht in northern Iran. Iranian police found books, CDs and more than 6,000 Bibles at his property.

He had already been arrested in 2009 and found guilty of apostasy but had since been released.

4. Free Iranian Christian Pastor Farhad Sabokrooh And His Wife Shahnaz Jayzan

AUGUST 13 2013-- The authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran have denied furlough from prison for Christian Pastor Farhad Sabokrooh of the Rabani community church of Ahwaz and his wife Shahnaz Jayzan.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the judge in the court denied the furlough of the Pastor and his wife on the pretext that the dossier of Farhad Sabokrooh has been lost.

With the existence of several copies from a dossier, losing a dossier is not such a normal occurrence though.

Farhad Sabokrooh and Shahnaz Jayzan were sentenced to one year imprisonment by the revolutionary court on charges of Conversion from Islam to Christianity, encouraging the conversion to Christianity of other Muslims, and propagating against the regime by promoting Christianity as missionaries.

Farhad Sabokrooh and his wife Shahnaz Jayzan are currently serving their sentences in Karoon prison of Ahwaz.

Pastor Farhad Sabokrooh, his wife Shahnaz Jayzan and church workers Naser Zaman-Dezfuli and Davoud Alijani were initially arrested in December 2011, after authorities in the southern town of Ahwaz raided their church’s Christmas celebrations and detained everyone in the building, including children attending Sunday School.

According to Iranian agency Mohabat News, all four were charged with “converting to Christianity and propagating against the Islamic Republic through evangelism”, and were each sentenced to one year in prison by the Revolutionary Court in Ahwaz. They were temporarily released, but were summoned to court on 1 May 2013 and re-arrested. Mr Alijani was transferred to Ahwaz’s Karoon Prison to complete his sentence, while Pastor Sabokrooh, Shahnaz Jayzan and Mr Zaman-Dezfuli were taken to Sepidar Prison.

5. Free Iranian Baha'i Faith Citizen Zohreh Nikaeen (Tebyanian) -- and Her Baby Son Resam

Mrs. Zohreh Nikaeen (Tebyanian) is also serving her 23 months sentence in prison in Semnan, Iran with her 11 months son, Resam Tebyanian. Her sole "crime" is the peaceful practice of her Baha'i faith, which is viciously peresecuted under the Islamic Republic regime.

At this time her baby is known to be ill and need monthly check-up. For example Zohreh’s son, Resam, has a ear infections and needs urgent care.

Mrs. Nikaeen is one of at least three women imprisoned in Semnan solely for their Baha'i faith who are currently locked up together with their infants in the terrible Semnan prison. All together, there are known to be seven infants locked up with their mothers in that prison. THESE BABIES ARE ALL KNOWN TO BE SUFFERING FROM MEDICAL NEGLECT.

6. Free Baha´i Sisters Nava and Nika Khalusi

UPDATE Sen´s Daily August 10 , 2013

Sentences of the Khalusi sisters go to review #Iran

Sen´s Daily August 10 , 2013

The files of Nika and Nava Khalusi (نیکا و نوا خلوصی ), Bahais from Mashhad, were sent to the review court for the province of Khorosan on August 7. Their trial was held on May 12. Nika was sentenced to six years in prison, and Nava to four and a half years, on charges of membership of the Bahai organisation, participation in illegal Bahai activities, and propaganda in favour of the Bahais and against the regime of the Islamic Republic. The bail was exceptionally high.

Source : Sen´s Daily
http://sensday.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/sentences-of-the-khalusi-sisters-go-to-review/

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UPDATE Sen´s Daily May 30 , 2013

Sentences have been announced for Bahais from Mashhad: Nika Khalusi, Nava Khalusi.

They are accused of teaching the Bahai Faith, propaganda against the regime and membership of Bahai organisations. Their sentences are: Nika Khalusi, 6 years; Nava Khalusi, four and a half years.

http://sensday.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/four-bahais-sentenced-in-mashhad/

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UPDATE March 31, 2013

Sen's daily

Nava and Nika Khalusi free on bail

The sisters Nava and Nika Khalusi ( نوا و نیکا خلوصی ) have been freed on bail, after 185 days in ‘temporary detention’ in Mashhad. They were detained by security forces on September 26, 2012, and held for two months by the Ministry of Intelligence, before being transferred to Vakil Abad prison near Mashhad.
The bail was set at 3 billion rials (191,000 euros, $US 244,000).

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The sisters Nava and Nika Khalusi ( نوا و نیکا خلوصی ) from Mashhad were detained by security forces on September 26.

They were held for two months by the Ministry of Intelligence, and then transferred to Vakil Abad prison near Mashhad, where a large number of Bahais are being detained.

So far, no reason for their detention has been given to their family.

7. FREE 85 years old Baha'i citizen, Mohammad Husein Nakha'i

UPDATE : Sen´s Daily April 28 , 2013

Muhammad Hussein Nakh`i ( محمد حسین نخعی ) has been released, from Birjand and Semnan prisons, respectively. Mr. Nakh`i, who is 87 years old, lives in the village of Khusef, near Birjand. He was Iran’s oldest prisoner of conscience. He was detained on May 14, 2012, and sentenced to one year in prison, a fine of 6 million rials (360 euros; 500 US dollars), and a five-year suspended sentence, on charges of propaganda against the regime in the form of teaching the Bahai Faith, and membership of the Bahai community. He has completed the one year in prison.


UPDATE : February 1, 2013

Sentence Reduced for 85 years old #Baha´i Muhammad Hussein Nakh`i #IRAN

Sen´s Daily February 1, 2013

The review court for South Khorasan province has reduced the sentence of 85-year-old Muhammad Hussein Nakh`i ( محمد حسین نخعی ), from three years in prison and three years suspended imprisonment, to one year in prison, plus a fine of 6 million rials (360 euros; 500 US dollars).

He has been detained since May 14, 2012, and has been found guilty of propaganda against the regime in the form of teaching the Bahai Faith, and membership of the Bahai community.

Source : Sen´s Daily

UPDATE Sen´s Daily January 6 , 2013

85-year-old Muhammad Hussein Nakh`i ( محمد حسین نخعی ), who has been detained since May 14, 2012, has been denied the right to use the telphone and receive visits in prison, for no apparent reason. He was arrested in the small town of Khusf, and is imprisoned in Birjand, a provincial capital close to the Afghan border. Although he requires constant medical care due to his age, and his relatives live in Tehran, family visits and telephone calls have not been allowed for some time. He has been found guilty of propaganda against the regime in the form of teaching the Bahai Faith, and membership of the Bahai community, and sentenced to three years in prison and three years suspended imprisonment, and this sentence has been confirmed by the review court.

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HRANA News Agency – 85 years old Baha'i citizen, Mohammad Husein Nakha'i was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Mohammad Husein Nakha'i, 85 years old Baha'i citizen from Birjand city was detained five months ago with the charges of propaganda against regime and being member of Baha'i Community was sentenced to 3 years in prison by local revolutionary court.

He had also passed five years in prison in Gonbad in the first decade of the Islamic Republic Regime for his faith.

8. Free "The Five Iranian Christian Converts" Mojtaba Hosseini, Mohammad-Reza Partoei (Kourosh), Vahid Hakkani, Homayoun Shokouhi and his wife Mrs. Fariba Nazemian

Five Iranian Christian Converts Receive Trial Date

Following a long wait and much uncertainty and after the judicial authorities rejected their appeal to be released on bail, five Christian converts in Shiraz officially received a trial date. They spent eight months after their arrest in prison with their fate unknown.

According to Mohabat News reporters, five Christian converts, who have spent eight months in prison, finally received a date for their trial through their lawyer.

Their trial, according to the announcement paper, is to be held on Monday, October 15, at 10 a.m. in Branch 3 of the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz. The names of the Christians are as follow, Messrs.. Mojtaba Hosseini, Mohammad-Reza Partoei (Kourosh), Vahid Hakkani, Homayoun Shokouhi and his wife Mrs. Fariba Nazemian.

The report received by Mohabat News indicates, these Christian converts are charged with "creating illegal groups", "participating in house church service", "propagation against the Islamic regime" and "defaming Islamic holy figures through Christian evangelizing".

Prior to this, on May 11, 2008, Mojtaba Hosseini and Homayoun Shokouhi had been arrested because of their Christian faith, together with eight other Christian converts in Shiraz. At that time, they were sentenced to five years in prison but released conditionally. One year from that suspended five year sentence is still remaining. It is believed that their prior case may also be reviewed in the trial that is to come.

Since their arrest, all five Christian prisoners are being held separately in wards where dangerous criminals like murderers and drug dealers are also being held in Adel-Abad prison in Shiraz. According to reports, Homayoun Shokouhi is being held in ward 10, which is believed to be the worst ward of all, Mohammad-Reza Partoei is in ward 11 and Mojtaba Hosseini and Vahid Hakkani are in ward 4, but on different floors. Also, Mrs. Fariba Nazemian is in the women's ward in the same place as feemale drug addicts and murderers.

Homayoun Shokouhi and his wife, Mrs. Fariba Nazemian, have two children, a 17 year old son and a 12 year old daughter. Their children are totally alone since their parents' arrest and are going through many difficulties.

It is noteworthy that their trial was set to be held between April 19 and 26. They were transferred to Revolutionary Court of Shiraz and were interrogated by Mr. Rezaei Dadyar in Branch Seven. They were told that some judicial officials have said that they would not accept any kind of bail for their temporary release.

These Christian prisoners' rights were also violated during their transfer to the court. As Mohabat News reporters witnessed, each time they were transferred with their hands and feet chained. This occurred although according to the regulations of the Prisons in Iran, prisoners of conscience should not be handcuffed or chained.

It should be remembered that security authorities raided a house on February 8, 2012, after they had identified it as a house church. The group of Christians who had gathered there to worship were ill-treated and eventually arrested. They were then taken in police cars to the detention center of the Intelligence Office in Shiraz, known as "Pelak 100", for interrogation.

It should be mentioned that harassment and discrimination against religious minorities has been a major Human Rights violation issue by the Islamic regime of Iran, during the last 30 years.

Regarding the situation of Christians in Iran, in the opening paragraph of its report, Fox News wrote that in a country like Iran where Christians are being pressured, the only way to secure the release of Christian prisoners is to continue the international pressure on the Iranian regime.

The Islamic government of Iran has increased its pressure on Iranian Christian converts during recent years. It has closed churches or prevented Farsi-speaking people from entering churches and uses all means to restrict and suppress "freedom of religion".

9. Free Bahai Member Adel Na´imi

UPDATE FEBRUARY 5 FEBRUARY 2013

`Adel Na`imi ( عادل نعیمی ), one of almost 20 Bahais who were arrested in early July in a wave of arrests in Tehran, Mashhad and Shiraz, has been transferred from block 350 at Evin Prison in Tehran to Raja’i Shahr prison. He suffers from diabetes. [So far as I know, he has not been tried or sentenced ~Sen] His younger brother `Afif ( نعیمی ), is also a prisoner of conscience. He is serving a 20-year sentence in Raja’i Shahr prison.

Adel Na`imi ( عادل نعیمی ), who with his wife Elham Faramani ( الهام فراهانی ) was among a group of almost 20 Bahais who were arrested in early July in Tehran, Mashhad and Shiraz, is still being held in solitary confinement, 70 days later.

Their son Shamim (شمیم) was also arrested, a few days after his parents. All three were held in Evin Prison in Tehran. Shamim and Elham have since been released on bail but `Adel Na`imi, who suffers from diabetes, is held in solitary confinement, and denied access to a lawyer or a telephone. He has had one brief opportunity to talk to his wife.

10. Free Bahai Member Hoshang Fanaayan

Hoshang Fana’ayan ( هوشنگ فنائیان ), a 49-year old Bahai imprisoned in Babol, is in poor health.

Earlier this year he suffered from kidney stones, and for the past 8 months he has suffered from pains in his neck and arm, and the doctor has said that the vertebrae of his neck and the muscles of his arm are out of place. However prison officials have not allowed him leave for medical treatment.

Hoshang Fana’ayan is a resident of Amol who was arrested on March 14, and is serving a 4-year sentence on charges of acting against national security, membership of the Bahai community and of Facebook, and writing letters to Iran’s Supreme Leader.

11. Let us strive for democracy in Ethiopia and freedom of religion

we ethiopian muslims are striving for freedom of religion for 10 months. we elcect 17 representatives for this and conclude our qoestions into 3 i.e.

1. AWELIYA the only islamic school should be returned to muslims;

2. mejlis election should be made;

3. political leaders should leave from our Islamic institutions. so we ask these 3 questions to Ethiopian government, but the government instead imprisoned our representatives, destroy our mosques, kills innocent muslims; muslim employees are chased from offices and muslims are forced to participate in illegal islamic election which is held at kebele.

12. Free Baha´i Member Noura Nabilzadeh

UPDATE Sen´s Daily May 2 . 2013

Noora Nabilzadeh and Sanaz Tafazzoli transferred to the Intelligence office

Noora Nabilzadeh ( نورا نبیل‌زاده) and Sanaz Tafazzoli ( ساناز تفضلی ) were transferred from Vakil Abad prison in Mashhad, where they are in the serving sentences in the wing for prisoners of conscience, to the offices of the Ministry of Intelligence on May 1. No reason was given. The agents said they were being taken to the Ministry’s facilities for 10 days. Sanaz Tafazzoli will complete her 6-month sentence on May 5, but it appears she will not be released. Noora Nabilzadeh is serving a 5-year sentence on charges of blasphemy and spreading the Bahai Faith. She was arrested while playing music for the children in an orphanage.

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After being summoned, Noura Nabilzadeh, a Mashad Bahai citizen, appeared at the Mashad Judiciary's Sentence Enforcement Unit, where she was detained and transferred to Vakilabad Prison in order to begin serving her five year prison sentence on Saturday, September 15, 2012. She was accompanied by Sonia Ahmadi, another Bahai citizen, who was also sentenced to five years in prison by the Revolutionary Court. Sonia Ahmadi commenced her prison sentence, too.

Noura Nabilzadeh, 23, was first arrested on June 22, 2010, when she and some of her friends were playing music at a Mashad orphanage. Mashad security forces entered the orphanage, presented a warrant for her arrest and transferred her to her home, where they searched the premises, confiscated Bahai books, images, and CD's, her laptop computer, a computer hard disk, and cell phones belonging to the entire family. Noura Nabilzadeh was then transferred to Mashad's Intelligence Office Detention Center, where she remained for three months and was released on bail of $50,000 on September 19, 2011.

Later, Noura Nabilzadeh was sentenced to five years in prison by a Mashad Revolutionary Court on charges of "propagating the Bahai faith," and "Membership in the Bahai community," and an appeals court upheld her sentence in full on May 30, 2012,

In addition to Noura Nabilzadeh and Sonia Ahmadi, three other female Bahai prisoners by the names of Rozita Vaseghi, Nahid Gahdiri, and Sima Eshraghi are also serving their five-year prison sentences on charges of "propagating the Bahai faith," and "belonging to the Bahai community."

Noura Nabilzadeh's father, Davar Nabilzadeh, and her uncle, Jalayer Vahdat, are also currently serving their five year prison sentences inside the Vakilabad facility, where they have been prisoners for more than two years.

13. Free Baha´i Musician and Composer Behnam Rohani Fard

Behnam Rohani-Fard, a Bahai Musician and composer who had resided in Tehran for some time traveled to the city of Yazd to participate in the mourning ceremony arranged for one of his family members. In the morning hours of Monday, October 12, Mr. Rohani-Fard was detained by Intelligence agents while driving in his private car; he was taken to an undisclosed location.

In repeated follow-ups made by Mr. Rohani-Fard’s wife, she was told that her husband would be released in one week and his detentions was related to his change of residence, as well as chanting religious Bahaei songs.

Readers are reminded that Mr. Rohani-Fard was a target of investigation by agents from the Intelligence Ministry in March 20 of this year. During the investigation, Mr. Rohani-Fard’s computer and some of his personal effects were confiscated. The agents carried a search warrant and an issued sentencing for a one-year suspended jail term, effective for the next four years.

SOURCE : Iranian.com

14. Immediate & Unconditional Release of Farshid Fat’hi

Iran’s court of appeals upheld a six-year prison term imposed on Farshid Fat’hi for practicing Christianity - US rights group condemned

FRIDAY, 10 AUGUST 2012

HRANA News Agency – Christian activist and House Church organizer Fat’hi was sentenced to a six-year prison term, based on charges of “acting against national security through membership of the Christian organization Ilam, collection of funds and propaganda against the Islamic Regime by helping spread Christianity in the country.”

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Fat’hi converted to Christianity and was one of a high number of Christian activists arrested by the security agencies of the Islamic Republic during Christmas 2010.

US rights group outlet slam decision to uphold 6-year prison term imposed on Farshid Fat’hi.

In an email to The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), wrote: “Iran continues to persecute Christians simply because of their religious beliefs. Sadly, this nation is one of the world’s worst offenders when it comes to abusing religious and human rights.”

“Iran would prefer that the outside world never know what’s happening to these pastors – the imprisonment, the torture, and the executions,” Sekulow, whose organization aims to promote religious freedom abroad, said. “Iran must be held accountable for this abhorrent behavior. Iran needs to know that the world is watching.”

ACLJ launched a global campaign to urge Iranian authorities to release Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who has spent over 1,000 days in prison because he sought to register a home church and questioned the compulsory Islamic education of his children. Iran’s judiciary seeks to execute Nadarkhani.

SOURCE : HRANA

15. Free Baha´i & Child Rights Activist Zohreh Nik-Aein

UPDATE HRANA 02 JANUARY 2013

Two Baha’i infants imprisoned with their mothers in Semnan Prison, were transferred to hospital due to health deterioration.

According to the reports by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Two Baha’i infants suffering from lung and ear infections, imprisoned with their mothers in Semnan prison’s Women Ward (one of the worst prisons in Iran), were transferred to hospital.

Zahra Nik-A’in and Taraneh Torabi, Baha'i citizens who were sentenced to 23 and 20 months in prison, respectively, are serving their sentences at Semnana Prison despite being mothers of infants. Zahra has a 11-month old son, and Taraneh has a five-month old son. All of them are severely sick and need immediate medical care.

Zahra Nik A’in: 14 Mar 2011; Arrested, 03 Apr 2011: Released on 100 million Tomans bail, 16 Apr 2011: Summoned and interrogated, 15 Dec 2011: Sentenced to seven year in prison, but sentenced by Semnan Court of Appeals to 23 month in prison.

Taraneh Torabi: 20 Feb 2011; arrested, 23 Feb 2012: Sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in prison on charges of "setting up and running an illegal group, 02 Jul 2012: Reported sentenced by Semnan Court of Appeals to 20 months.

Mona Majidi is the third Baha’i mother with her infant in Semnan prison.

Source : HRANA

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UPDATE

HRANA 07 DECEMBER 2012

Two Baha'i citizens, Zahra Nik-A’in and Taraneh Torabi with their infants in Semnan Prison are in grave danger and need immediate medical care.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Zahra Nik-A’in and Taraneh Torabi, Baha'i citizens who were sentenced to 23 and 20 months in prison, respectively, are serving their sentences at Semnana Prison despite being mothers of infants. Zahra has a 11-month old son, and Taraneh has a five-month old son. All of them are severely sick and need immediate medical care.

Zahra Nik A’in: 14 Mar 2011; Arrested, 03 Apr 2011: Released on 100 millions Tomans bail, 16 Apr 2011: Summoned and interrogated, 15 Dec 2011: Sentenced to seven year in prison, but sentenced by Semnan Court of Appeals to 23 month in prison.

Taraneh Torabi: 20 Feb 2011; Arrested, 23 Feb 2012: Sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in prison on charges of "setting up and running an illegal group, 02 Jul 2012: Reported sentenced by Semnan Court of Appeals to 20 months.

Source : HRANA
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Zahra Nik-A’in , Bahai mother who have previously been sentenced to 24 months in prison, have been summoned to Semnan prison to begin serving her sentence , although she is breastfeeding her infant .

Zahra Nik-A’in was one of six Bahais arrested in Semnan on March 11 and 12, 2011, and released on an exceptionally bail on April 3.

Zahra’s child Rosam ( رسام ) (pictured ) is 5 months old,
Given the limited space, and the lack of washing and feeding facilities in the prison, it is not a suitable place for caring for children. It is not clear what the child´s fate will be.

SOURCE : Sen´s Daily July 24

BACKGROUND :

Prisoner info for Zahra Nik A’in updated
The record for Zahra Nik A’in was updated.
Status: Sentenced
Prison: n/a
Notes: 14 Mar 2011; Arrested 03 Apr 2011: Released on 100 millions Tomans bail 16 Apr 2011: Summonned and interrogated 15 Dec 2011: Sentenced to 7 years http://wp.me/pNMoJ-15L

Sentence: 7 years

Location/Home Town: Semnan
Faith or Ethnicity: Baha'i
Occupation or Activity: Child Rights Activist

SOURCE :

Iran Prisoner List: http://hyperactivist.info/ipr.html

16. Free Bahai`s Erfan Ehsani

Three female Bahai prisoners, Zohreh Nikayin, Taraneh Torabi and Anisa Fanaian have been released from Semnan prison and returned home to their families.

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UPDATE HRANA 02 JANUARY 2013

Two Baha’i infants imprisoned with their mothers in Semnan Prison, were transferred to hospital due to health deterioration.

According to the reports by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Two Baha’i infants suffering from lung and ear infections, imprisoned with their mothers in Semnan prison’s Women Ward (one of the worst prisons in Iran), were transferred to hospital.

Zahra Nik-A’in and Taraneh Torabi, Baha'i citizens who were sentenced to 23 and 20 months in prison, respectively, are serving their sentences at Semnana Prison despite being mothers of infants. Zahra has a 11-month old son, and Taraneh has a five-month old son. All of them are severely sick and need immediate medical care.

Zahra Nik A’in: 14 Mar 2011; Arrested, 03 Apr 2011: Released on 100 million Tomans bail, 16 Apr 2011: Summoned and interrogated, 15 Dec 2011: Sentenced to seven year in prison, but sentenced by Semnan Court of Appeals to 23 month in prison.

Taraneh Torabi: 20 Feb 2011; arrested, 23 Feb 2012: Sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in prison on charges of "setting up and running an illegal group, 02 Jul 2012: Reported sentenced by Semnan Court of Appeals to 20 months.

Mona Majidi is the third Baha’i mother with her infant in Semnan prison.

Source : HRANA

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UPDATE

HRANA 07 DECEMBER 2012

Two Baha'i citizens, Zahra Nik-A’in and Taraneh Torabi with their infants in Semnan Prison are in grave danger and need immediate medical care.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Zahra Nik-A’in and Taraneh Torabi, Baha'i citizens who were sentenced to 23 and 20 months in prison, respectively, are serving their sentences at Semnana Prison despite being mothers of infants. Zahra has a 11-month old son, and Taraneh has a five-month old son. All of them are severely sick and need immediate medical care.

Zahra Nik A’in: 14 Mar 2011; Arrested, 03 Apr 2011: Released on 100 millions Tomans bail, 16 Apr 2011: Summoned and interrogated, 15 Dec 2011: Sentenced to seven year in prison, but sentenced by Semnan Court of Appeals to 23 month in prison.

Taraneh Torabi: 20 Feb 2011; Arrested, 23 Feb 2012: Sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in prison on charges of "setting up and running an illegal group, 02 Jul 2012: Reported sentenced by Semnan Court of Appeals to 20 months.

Source : HRANA

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* Urgent Update : Sen´s Daily 24 July 2012

Taraneh Torabi who have previously been sentenced to 20 months in prison have been summoned to Semnan prison to begin serving her sentence. Although she is breast-feeding her pre mature born infant.

Taraneh’s child Barman ( بارمان ) was born one month prematurely, and is now just one month old.

Given the limited space, and the lack of washing and feeding facilities in the prison, it is not a suitable place for caring for children.

It is not clear what the child´s fate will be.

The situation for Taraneh Torabi is particularly serious, because her husband `Erfan Ehsani ( عرفان احسانی ) was arrested during the last months of her pregnancy, and has just been sentenced to one year in prison, and this along with the searches of their home and insulting behaviour of officials has not been good for her physical and mental condition.

`Erfan Ehsani ( عرفان احسانی ), a Bahai of Sangesar in Iran’s Semnan province, has been sentenced to one year in prison.

He was arrested on April 21 this year, and held for some time before being released on bail. He was tried in Semnan on May 27, on charges of propaganda against the regime and teaching the Bahai Faith.

His wife, Taraneh Torabi ( ترانه ترابی ) has also been sentenced to 20 months in prison.

They have a child, aged one month.

17. Free Baha´i Couple Faran Hesami & Kamran Rahimian

Faran Hesami begins her sentence

Mrs. Faran Hesami ( فاران حسامی ) was detained this morning to begin serving a four year sentence in connection with work for the Bahai Open University (BIHE).

She had been asked to go to the prison in connection with legal matters relating to her husband, Kamran Rahimian ( کامران رحیمیان ), who is already serving a 4-year term in Raja’i Shahr prison for his work for the BIHE.

When she got to the prison, she was arrested.

This is surprising, since her sentence is still before the review court, and she has not been informed that it has been confirmed.

She is charged with membership of the Bahai community and meeting and conspiring to harm national security.

The couple have a son, Artin ( آرتین ) who is three years old.

18. Free the Baha´i Family "3 Bahais of Kerman"

Detention without trial extended for 3 Bahais of Kerman

Bakhtiyar Rasekhi (بختیار راسخی) and his wife and daughter, Farhnaz Na`imi and Farin Rahimi ( فرحناز نعیمی و فرین رحیمی ) were among those detained on January 5 when agents from the security forces raided a home where the Bahais were marking the day of Iranian Youth.

The security forces were accompanied by a film crew. After six months, their detention without trial has been extended. They are charged with propaganda against the regime in favour of oppositional organizations and groups; spying for the benefit of foreigners; promoting deviant Baha’i ideas; supporting the apostasy of a large number of Muslims; and blasphemy against Islam.

During their six months detention, Bakhtiyar Rasekhi spent 45 days in solitary confinement, and Farhnaz Na`imi and Farin Rahimi spent 35 days in the quarantine facility where conditions are poor [these rooms are intended for short stays and do not have hygiene or sleeping facilities].

Farhnaz Na`imi became ill during her detention, but prison authorities did not allow her to be treated. On February 14, Farhnaz and Farin were transferred to the women’s wing of Kerman prison, and in May, Bakhtiyar Rasekhi was transferred to the general detention block at the prison.

The efforts of their family to arrange for release on bail have been fruitless. Every two months, the Ministry of Intelligence extends their detention without trial.

19. Free Samin Ehsani, Bahai Activist for Children’s Rights

Samin Ehsani sentenced to 5 years in prison.

Samin Ehsani ( ثمین احسانی ), a Bahai activist for children’s rights, has been sentenced to five years in prison. The trial was held on June 10, and the sentence was announced to her lawyer in recent days.

She was charged with propaganda against the regime, acts against national security, and de facto membership of the Bahai community. She engaged in teaching and assisting Afghan children who had been excluded from education. She was detained on August 17, 2011, in relation to some problems with her passport, and taken to Evin Prison in Tehran.

Following that, security agents searched her home and seized her personal effects, computer, and items relating to the Bahai Faith. She was held for one month, before being released on bail of 175 million tumans (113,000 euros, $US142,000).

20. We support and defend all Christians in Nigeria

In Nigeria since the beginning of the year, there have been nearly 600 deaths caused by the Islamic group Boko Haram; the majority of these victims were murdered while they were at Mass.

Yet millions of people continue to go to church, choosing to exercise their freedom of religion and to practice their faith.

We cannot watch in silence the substantial indifference that has accompanied these massacres and denials of religious freedom, a principle which is relevant to every religion.

21. Free Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi, Dissident Iranian Cleric Serving 11 Years For "Anti Regime Propaganda"

VERY URGENT UPDATE: OCTOBER 3, 2014-- HOSSEIN BOROUJERDI TAKEN TO UNDISCLOSED LOCATION BY CLERICAL COURT, TOLD BY GUARDS HE WOULD BE EXECUTED!!!

Hrana News Agency October 3, 2014--Ayatollah Kazemeyni Boroujerdi, a Political Prisoner at Evin Prison has been transferred to an unknown location and no information is available about his condition yet.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on Wednesday morning, 01 October, 2014, Ayatollah Kazemeyni Boroujerdi was transferred from Special Clerical Ward at Evin Prison to an unknown location.

One of his close relatives told HRANA reporter: “He made a phone call to his home and told his family that he is banned from visits and making phone calls, prior to being transferred by security forces. He added that he was being sent to the Clerical Special Court. Also, a member of the security guard escort told him that he would be executed shortly. These threats were made despite the fact that Ayatollah Kazemeyni Boroujerdi was never sentenced to death by any court, and his official sentence is 11 years imprisonment.”

This source also added: “His daughters made an unsuccessful attempt to visit him at the Special Clerical Court and they were told that there will be no execution or death sentence form him”.

This source continued: “Someone who introduced himself as Ayatollah Kazemeyni Boroujerdi’s intimate has informed us -via a phone call- that he has been taken to a solitary confinement ward, but we are not able to verify the truthfulness of this message. We are worried about his condition, considering that a couple of days ago, Public Prosecutor Movahedi visited Ayatollah at his cell and verbally threatened him. Public Procedure told Ayatollah that because his new book has been published, he will request a death sentence for Ayatollah Boroujerdi on the charges of “Heresy Against Islam” and make sure he gets executed.”

Ayatollah Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi was arrested and jailed on several occasions back in 1995, 2000 and 2005. His final arrest was in 2006 when he was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment along with the seizure of all his belongings.

URGENT UPDATE: JULY 11, 2014: HOSSEIN BOROUJERDI THREATENED WITH TORTURE

On Tuesday, July 1st a fire broke out in the Special Clerical ward of Evin Prison, where Mr. Kazemeini-Boroujerdi is detained. Two days later, on Thursday, he was visited by agents of the regime; Mohammad Movahedi and Morteza Bakhtiari who appeared at Mr. Kazemeini-Boroujerdi’s cell demanding that he cease his opposition to the regime and telling him that he must participate in a television "interview" where he openly expresses support for the regime and apologizes to the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.

He was also told that he must sign an affidavit agreeing not to meet with anyone or have any contact with supporters. The agents said that if he agrees to said conditions, he would be released from prison. But when they were confronted with Mr. Boroujerdi’s refusal, they threatened his life and began to give him ultimatums.

The agents expressed their anger that the news of the fire in the ward had been published.

Movahedi, who is also a judge then began accusing Mr. Boroujerdi with being Mohareb (Combatant against God) and shouted insults and invective at him for sending reports to “anti-regime” news sites. He said: “You are an embarrassment to the regime, you who wears the holy frock are a heretic and have colluded with foreigners.” He then told Mr. Boroujerdi that if he continues his opposition to the regime, that he will be transferred to solitary confinement in the IRGC ward where he would be tortured and physically ‘eliminated’.

Mr. Boroujerdi responded by saying: “Those people whom you call ‘foreigners’ and heretics, even if they have no beliefs, they do have conscience and humanity, and do not commit your crimes. You who pretend to be committed to Islam, in Islamic clothing, commit heinous crimes in the name of the Prophet. Do not try to threaten me with torture and death, because if you destroy me, people inside and outside Iran will continue to plague you and you will pay dearly for your actions.”

Then Movahedi and Bakhtiari mocked the papers and essays written by Mr. Boroujerdi in prison and said: “You who are a heretic, how dare you touch Islamic texts and Hadith?” Mr. Boroujerdi replied: “My writing is all documentation and in the future, people will judge between me and you lot.”

Mr. Kazemeini-Boroujerdi is now serving his eighth year of his eleven year sentence, in prison. He continues to be threatened and pressured, though he has stood his ground and has refused to give into the regime’s demands.

Movahedi, who had previously served as a prosecutor at the Special Clerical Tribunal, is now a judge. Bakhtiari is the former Minister of Justice, serves as a Special Clerical Tribunal official.

URGENT UPDATE, FEBRUARY 5 2014: February 5, 2014--Ayatollah Boroujerdi's condition has reportedly worsened as of January 28, 2014, when he suffered severe body tremors and was motionless for hours in his cell. The authorities still refuse to transfer him to a medical facility and are denying him the most basic medical care. We ask for intervention to save his life.

Ayatollah Hossein-Kazamani Boroujerdi, a senior member of the Shiite Muslim clergy, is presently serving the eighth year of an 11-year sentence handed down to him by the Islamic Republic's courts for advocating the separation of state and religion inside Iran. He has also spoken against political Islam and its leaders. As a result, during his time in prison, he has been exposed to torture especially reserved for the Islamic Republic's dissident clergy and political prisoners. Boroujerdi has endured the rape of his spouse in front of other family members. He has been purposely exposed to toxic chemical agents while kept in a small solitary cell. As a result, he now suffers permanent neurological damage, further aggravated by group beatings. Urgent medical attention has been systematically withheld for his long list of ailments, which are mostly a direct result of years of torture and malnutrition.

On September 29, 2013, for example, Ayatollah Boroujerdi suffered a heart attack in prison for which he was refused medical intervention. His condition has reportedly worsened as of January 28, 2014, when he had severe body tremors and was motionless for hours in his cell, where he presently remains with no medical care.

Possibly due to Ayatollah Boroujerdi's prominence, the regime has apparently chosen not to execute him, but instead to kill him silently in prison. There were two failed attempts on his life by poisoning inside prison in 2012. His mother, detained at the same time, was also poisoned and died as a result. Previously, in November 2011, a prisoner on death row was told by the authorities that if he succeeded in killing Boroujerdi he would be set free. The attempt failed when other prisoners intervened.

To protest the violent crimes of political Islam in the Islamic Republic, Boroujerdi announced via audio tape from prison that: "I am not inclined anymore to wear this frock; this frock has no credit or value in Iran or the international community" and removed his clerical robes.

Ayatollah Boroujerdi descends from a long line of renowned Shiite clergy; both his father and grandfather were staunch opponents of religious leaders in politics. As a result, both of his parents, along with his brother, were killed by the authorities under mysterious circumstances, as is the regime's custom.

Despite his critical medical condition in prison, he remains defiant and his spirit remains unbreakable: he has stated hopes that his case will serve as a strong indictment of the Islamic Republic's despotic rule and unspeakable human rights violations.

Ayatollah Boroujerdi has risked losing his life slowly under torture by writing letters from inside prison to then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and to the United Nations, speaking of the absolute lack of freedom inside Iran, the grotesque human rights violations and the imminent danger of political Islam. Further, he recently urged people of Iran to boycott the so-called elections on June 14, 2013. As a direct result of this statement his tortures recommenced despite his extremely fragile medical condition.

Ms. Roya Araghi, an advocate of Boroujerdi who herself was jailed and tortured for defending the him, and has since fled Iran, believes that without medical treatment and international intervention, Ayatollah Boroujerdi will most likely die soon under torture.

On June 29, 2013, members of Ayatollah Boroujerdi's family went to Evin prison to visit him, and were shocked to see nature of his physical condition in the seventh year of his 11-year sentence. He has developed acute heart disease, which has led to the severe swelling of his feet and knees. He also suffers from ocular, pulmonary and respiratory disorders, but has been denied medical treatment by officials until he "repents "and "mends his ways".

On July 8, 2013, Boroujerdi was interrogated for an extended period of time by government agents for his refusal to concede to the demands of the regime by signing a letter of "repentance." He was informed that "the pressures and tortures will increase until he has been destroyed". He has thus far refused to surrender.

In a rare phone call to his family that followed this episode, he stated that he "will never give in to a single threat or intimidation tactic of the regime." His family stated that he also added, "he does not regret any of his actions and stands by his word, as he is prepared to die".

After their visit, the Boroujerdi family announced that the tyrannical regime of the Islamic Republic's fanatics continue systematically to exterminate political prisoners and prisoners of conscience through well-planned prolonged torture; both psychological and physical.

Despite a statement by then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012 and a plea by the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, Dr. Ahmad Shaheed, to release Ayatollah Boroujerdi, the Iranian regime continues to torture this man of God whose only crime is advocating separation of religion from politics, democracy and human rights.

On July 24, 2013, Andrew Bennett, Canada's Ambassador to the Office of Religious Freedom, condemned the prolonged detention of Grand Ayatollah Boroujerdi by Iranian authorities, but to no avail.

The regime of Iran is silently executing Mr. Boroujerdi, without a bullet or a noose -- away from the eyes of the world. These silent executions are now a common method of killing political prisoners in Iran as the regime tries to hide its grotesque human rights violations and its escalating rate of executions of opponents.

The human rights activists for democracy in Iran would like to bring to the immediate attention of all international human rights organizations and governments that Ayatollah Boroujerdi's life is in grave danger due to deliberate withholding of necessary medical care by the authorities in Iran. We ask for an intervention on his behalf, to save his life.
SOURCE: Gatestone Institute
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4158/ayatollah-hossein-kazamani-boroujerdi

THE DAGGER THAT TEARS AT ILL-FATED IRANIANS YEAR AFTER YEAR: LATEST STATEMENT FROM HOSSEIN BOROUJERDI
A message from Mr. Hossein Boroujerdi, prisoner of conscience, who writes from his cell in Evin prison, to emphasize that the anniversary march, is not proof of the regime adequacy.

Full Text below:

Once again, the month of Bahman is upon us and the shame and scandal that tainted the pages of human history; for over thirty-five years, the obscenity and illicitness of an irrational revolution, blackened the entire area and gutted Iran from border to border.

The Decade of Fajr is the record of a inculpable nation who are punished for their devotion to God, for being true to their morality and faith’s canons; but they were so badly burned by the red hot brand of religion, that for generations to come, there will be no sign of Islam. The Shah’s rule saturated society with faith and ignited the passion for the ‘Shia family’ (Ahl al-Bayt) among people, that they gambled everything they had on the Shia authority. Keeping one’s faith became the price of the whims and perversities of the power-grabbing clergy who were and are the main reason for the downfall of religious values. And now the religion of the rulers has emptied the hearts of the people from any will to be bamboozling clerics and has filled them with hatred, revenge, contempt for anything and everything that smacks of Islam. As a result of the monarchic Mullahs ceaseless lies and the teflon accusations of the regime-run media, we have a country whose problems and troubles are unprecedented and non-existent anywhere in the world.

Today, the gangs of authoritarian regime insiders celebrate their anniversary; they gather around a sumptuous table with full and brimming pockets and then kick up their heels and dancing on the corpses of innocent peasants and a crushed nation. Expenses for the coronation ceremonies held for the supreme leader and plans for the celebrations of the revolution, along with the marching herds, is a dagger which tears at ill-fated Iranian year after year. Now I ask the world, does march somehow prove this regime adequacy? Do all those who are out on the streets of Tehran and other cities, comprise the collective voices of seventy seven million population of Iran?

The Evil murdering rulers claim that every citizen of our country is a follower and fan of their revolution! And we say that the overwhelming majority of the children of this land, systematically oppose political Islam. As proof, the December 30th, 2013 (9th of the month of Dey, 1392) rally which cost large sums of money was a show of force by the regime’s own supporters; however when the regime forces turned up in Palestine Square in Tehran and saw the embarrassingly thin turn out and real lack of support, the Basiji commander Mohammad-Reza Naghdi walked out for fear of being discredited. The fact is that if the God-hating and blasphemous regime elite do not act violently, those who oppose them and their revolution, and their so-called Republic, would pour out into the streets, so that the people of the world could get a good look at the hidden realities inside this ravaged country.

Seyyed Hossein Kazemeini-Boroujerdi

Evin Prison, Tehran, Iran
January 2014
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URGENT UPDATE: JULY 11, 2013: AYATOLLAH HOSEEIN KAZAMEINI BOROUJERDI INTERROGATED, TORTURED: DECLARES HE IS "PREPARED TO DIE:

Based on received reports, on Monday, July 8th, the special guards assigned to the dissident clerics ward of Evin prison took Mr. Hossein Kazemeini-Boroujerdi for a new round of interrogations, which lead to many hours of physical and psychological torture. The interrogation began in the afternoon on Monday and continued through till Tuesday morning where Mr. Boroujerdi was repeatedly threatened and as a result of his refusal to concede to the demands of the regime’s pressures by signing a letter of ‘repentance’, he was informed that “the pressures and tortures will increase, until he has been destroyed.”

This imprisoned Freedom-fighter continues to stand up to and oppose the religious dictatorship, and persists in his defense of human rights and democracy. During the seven years of his incarceration which has been fraught with repeated interrogations, torture and pressures, he has refused to surrender his position and capitulate.

In the phone call to his family that followed this episode, he stated very clearly that he will never give in to a single threat or intimidation tactic of the regime; he added that he does not regret any of his actions and stands by his word, as he is prepared to die.

Mr. Boroujerdi who has remained steadfast in exposing the tyranny of the ruling regime in Iran, has found various covert methods of transmitting his statements from inside prison. His last statement from prison, issued on May 22nd, called on the Iranian people to boycott of the so-called elections on June 14th. For that, he was transferred to solitary confinement, where he suffered severe heart and respiratory deterioration.

At present, his physical condition is extremely critical and he must be transferred to a full facility hospital for immediate medical treatment. The prison infirmary is entirely unequipped to attend to any of his ailments. The Iranian regime’s judiciary, the Ministry of Intelligence and the prison authority have categorically refused calls for his medical furlough and for admittance to a proper health care facility. They also prohibit his access to all prescribed medication, until he pens a letter of repentance.
http://www.bamazadi.org/2013/07/i-do-not-regret-any-of-my-actions-and-i.html

UPDATE: MAY 20, 2013: ON THE EVE OF THE GUARDIAN COUNCIL'S VETTING OF CANDIDATES FOR THE JUNE 2013 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN IRAN, AYATOLLAH BOROUJERDI HAS BEEN MOVED TO SOLITARY CONFINEMENT FOLLOWING A CALL FOR IRANIANS TO BOYCOTT THE ELECTIONS

Ayatollah Seyyed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi (also Hosein Kazemaini Boroujerdi) is an Iranian Shia Muslim cleric who advocates the separation of religion and government and has been imprisoned several times by the Islamic Republic regime.

He reportedly first expressed his opposition to the theocratic nature of the Islamic government of Iran under which Islamic jurists rule or provide "guardianship" in 1994. He has been quoted as saying Iranians "are loyal to the fundamentals of the true religion and the Prophet's mission", but are "tired of the religion of politics and political slogans."

On October 7, 2006 a large crowd of over 1,000 people including many women gathered around his house and prevented his arrest by police forces and was able to repel them. Among the slogans shouted by the crowd: "Freedom, freedom - This is our incontrovertible right," (a counterpoint to the slogan shouted by supporters of the regime during Friday prayers: "Nuclear energy - This is our incontrovertible right,") and, "[We are] ready for martyrdom according to our traditional religion - that is, Islam that is not political". The next day security forces arrested Boroujerdi and several hundred of his followers - "172 women and 225 men" - who had gathered to prevent his arrest.

According to mardaninews website: "In June 2007, the Special Clerical Court prosecuted him behind closed doors. The authorities have not provided any official accounting regarding his prosecution and sentencing. According to his associates, he was initially sentenced to death, but upon appeals his sentence was reduced to 11 years in prison, ten of which must be served in exile in city of Yazd. He has been deprived of access to an independent attorney throughout his prosecution and imprisonment."

Amnesty International reports that there are believed to have been 30 charges against him. These include “waging war against God” (Moharebeh), for which the punishment is death; acts against national security; publicly calling political leadership by clergy (Velayat-e Faqih) unlawful; having links with anti-revolutionaries and spies; and using the term “religious dictatorship” instead of “Islamic Republic” in public discourse and radio interviews.

Some followers of Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi say his health has further deteriorated in prison .Since Boroujerdi's arrest, his supporters say they have been under pressure and are often threatened, detained, and prosecuted.

Roya Eraghi, a follower of Boroujerdi who is currently living outside Iran after being released from prison on bail, told Radio Farda on July 4, 2011 that due to severe pressure and torture in jail Boroujerdi has developed several afflictions, including a heart condition. She added that Boroujerdi has also lost vision in one eye but has not been allowed to leave prison to receive medical treatment.

Abbas Tabatabai, another follower of Boroujerdi who left Iran after being arrested in 2006 and later released, told Radio Farda that the cleric's supporters are facing various charges. Tabatabai said he had been charged with "enmity with God," acting against Iran's national security, and espionage for Israel.

In 2010, Boroujerdi wrote an open letter to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, holding him responsible for the extensive violation of human rights in Iran. The letter says 30 years ago Iranian people were deceived into believing that the Islamic regime was going to be based on "independence, freedom, republicanism, and piety." But now people no longer want to maintain this political system, he said. Boroujerdi concluded his letter by calling for a "free referendum" in Iran "directly supervised by UN observers."

Family members of Boroujerdi wrote a letter last year to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asking him to intervene in the jailed cleric's case. The letter stated that they were deeply concerned about Boroujerdi's health at that time and the inability for him to receive proper medical care.

In April 2009, Boroujerdi wrote a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, urging Ki-Moon to intervene in his case, according to the website Washington TV. On November 11, 2011 a letter by him, was smuggled out from Evin prison, addressed to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appealing for her help to deal with the root causes of the problems in Iran.

Based on Report sent to the "Human Rights Activists for Democracy in Iran" on Friday, in 9 March 2012, there was made an attempt on Mr. Kazemeini Boroujerdi’s life, the prominent religious leader who has spent more than 2,000 days in prison without any leave. His health condition is critical and he has the symptoms of severe poisoning.

Apparently, Mr. Boroujerdi’s food was poisoned by two prisoners. And since then both of those prisoners have been on leave and they are not available.

Over the past few months, this is the second attempt on this prisoner who opposed to religious Supreme Leadership. International Human Rights societies and defenders were protested against the failed attempt on Mr. Boroujerdi’s life previously. Also, it has been mentioned in the recent report by the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran.

Mr. Boroujerdi's family kindly request all human rights organizations and individuals to do an immediate urgent action in this regards while they know Ali Khamenei as a direct responsible for his life.

22. Free Foad Khanjani

#iran Foad Khanjani Receving Medical Care

Sen´s Daily November 10 , 2012

Foad Khanjani (فواد خانجانی), a former student of industrial management at Isfahan University who was expelled because of his Bahai beliefs, and who is serving a 4-year sentence in Raja`i Shahr prison near Tehran, has (at last) been taken to hospital for treatment. He is suffering from a cyst in the abdomen, causing pain and bleeding. Although he obtained all the necessary permissions for hospital treatment weeks ago, prison authorities had refused to act.

#IRAN : Foad_Kanjani Still Waiting For Admission To Hospital

Sens´s Daily 12 October , 2012

Foad Khanjani (فواد خانجانی), a Bahai excluded from higher education who is serving a 4-year sentence in Raja`i Shahr prison near Tehran, is suffering from a cyst in the abdomen, causing pain and bleeding. He requires immediate surgery. Although he obtained all the necessary permissions for hospital treatment several weeks ago, he is still in prison. On September 27 he was taken to one hospital, but because a place for him had been reserved in a different hospital, the doctors refused to admit him.

SOURCE : Sen´s Daily

Fouad Khanjani Begins His Four-Year Prison Sentence

The Association Against Educational Discrimination Web site reported that he had been sentenced to four years of correctional imprisonment by Judge Moghiseh of Branch 28 of the Revolutionary court which was later confirmed by Judge Movahed of Branch 54 of the appeals court.

Previously, on April 27, 2010, he had been arrested and later released on bail after a few days. On March 2, 2010,this student who has been deprived of higher education, had been summoned to the ministry of intelligence and on two other occasions had received similar orders.

It is worth noting that his father, Mr. Alaeddin Khanjani, had also been arrested on or about April 27, 2010, and released on bail on 16 March 2010. His sister, Leva Khanjani Mobasher's two-year prison sentence was upheld by an appeals court in 2011. His grandfather, Jamaloddin Khanjani, one of the seven imprisoned Bahai leaders, is currently serving a 20-year prison term.

Fouad Khanjani’s grandfather, Jmalaldyn Khanjani, also is one of the leaders of the Baha’I community who is serving a sentence of 20 years in the Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj.

This banned-from-education student, earlier, had been expelled from the Industrial Management Organization, due to his belief in the Baha’i faith.

http://www.rahana.org/en/?p=12306

23. Overturn the Death Sentence of Iranian Christian Youcef Nadarkhani for "Apostasy"

Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, lawyer for Youcef Nadarkhani, a Protestant Christian pastor charged with apostasy, refuted reports by some media outlets that his client’s death sentence has been upheld. “Fortunately, on Tuesday, 27 June, Youcef Nadarkhani’s death sentence was overturned by the Supreme Court in Qom and it is on hold until Mr. Nadarkhani repents [i.e. renounces his Christianity]. But still, in this ruling it has been stipulated that in case Nadarkhani does not repent, his case file would once again be sent back to the lower court in Rasht. In a way, a complete overturning of the apostasy verdict depends on Nadarkhani’s repentance,” he told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

“Because apostasy is not mentioned in Iran’s penal code, and apostasy is not considered a crime, then the court has to consider Mr. Nadarkhani’s case in the context of [the crime] ’insulting the Prophet of Islam.’ In this respect, since my client has not made any insults, he can tell the same to the court. Anyhow, that is all in the future and has to do with my client’s explanation. I am hoping that the death sentence will never be confirmed,” said Mohammad Ali Dadkhah about his client’s repentance.

Previously, family members and associates of Nadarkhani told the Campaign that officials from the Judiciary and the Ministry of Intelligence tried to force the pastor to repent and renounce his Christian conversion. So far, Nadarkhani has maintained that he has never done anything against Islam and will not renounce his faith. “Pastor Youcef has not budged,” said a close associate of his from Rasht.

Youcef Nadarkhani is a 32-year old pastor who was born to Muslim parents. He converted to Christianity at the age of 19. Before his arrest in October 2009, Nadarkhani led a congregation of about 400 Christians in Rasht. The congregation is part of a nationwide evangelical group called the Church of Iran, many of whose members have been arrested and prosecuted since 2009. On 23 August 2010, Nadarkhani’s apostasy death sentence was upheld by Branch Eleven of the Appeals Court of Gilan Province. Nadarkhani is currently being held in Rasht Prison, where he was able to visit with his wife in March, after having not seen each other in a long time. Ever since he has once again been denied visitation with his family.

NOTE: Pastor Nadarkhani's lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, mentioned above, has himself been sentenced to nine years in prison for his work as a human rights lawyer. He is appealing this draconian sentence. Please also sign the petition calling for the overturn of this illegal sentence: http://t.co/t5W99kc

If the death penalty is carried out, it will be the first official hanging for apostasy and conversion to Christianity in the last twenty years.

On December 3, 1990, Pastor Hussein Sodmand was hanged in Mashhad Prison for refusing to give up his Christian faith. Pastor Sodmand is the only priest who has been officially executed by the Islamic Judiciary Branch for apostasy and conversion to Christianity.

24. Free Iranian Christian Farshid Fathi, Sentenced to Six Years In Prison

Update: August 10, 2012: The Islamic Republic of Iran's Court of Appeals has upheld Farshid Fathi's six-year prison sentence. He needs our help more than ever before!

Update: April 22, 2012: According to reports Farshid Fathi has been sentenced to six years imprisonment. See below for full update.

February 18, 2012: The trial of Farshid Fathi, a Christian convert who has been held in prison for more than a year, has finally been held after being postponed several times for various reasons.

Mohabat News, mohabatnews.com citing “a knowledgeable source” who sent a report to the agency, Fathi had been arrested more than a year ago during a raid by security authorities in Tehran.

According to this report, the trial, which had been postponed several times, was eventually held on February 5, in a Revolutionary Court based in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison.

Mohabat News said it is being reported that the court will deliver its verdict to Fathi's attorney in three months. However, according to the penal code in Iran, the judge is obliged to issue the verdict not more than one week after the inquiries are completed.

“It seems that such illegal actions had been carried out by security and Revolutionary Courts officials in order to cause the prisoner more serious mental harm. Such actions are regarded as torture from the perspective of a prisoner,” the agency reported on its website.

Mohabat News explained that near the end of last year, when the Norouz celebrations of 1390 (Persian year) were at hand, security authorities informed Mr. Fathi's family that he could be temporarily released after submitting a bail of 200 million Tomans (equal to $200,000 USD according to the exchange rates of that time).

“But when Fathi was ready for his release at the appointed time, and even had collected all his personal belongings from the prison guards and was at the door, they prevented him from leaving the prison in order to make a negative mental impact on him,” the agency said.

The agency added: “This Christian convert is now being held in the general ward of the prison. It is also reported that he is in a good health condition and his family is allowed to visit him according to prison laws.”

Mohabat News stated that Fathi was arrested as part of a broad-planned attack by security authorities on December 26, 2010, right before New Year celebrations.

“At the same time as this attack, a large number of other Christian citizens and members of house churches were also arrested in Tehran and other cities. A majority of these detainees were temporarily released on heavy bails after some months,” the agency reported.

Farshid Fathi, who is 33 and the father of two children, was held in solitary confinement.

“During that time, he was subjected to severe interrogations by Intelligence Ministry's agents. There, he was questioned about who had he shared the gospel with and what foreign contacts he had been in touch with?”

The Mohabat News report continued: “Unfortunately, some people and organizations who are not aware of the facts but who call themselves compassionate towards Christian prisoners, are refusing to give updates in this regard. They even prevent others from publishing news because they think it is not in the interest of Christians and could worsen their situations."

“As a result, some inaccurate reports have been published regarding Farshid Fathi. Although these people try to earn credit for themselves with respect to these prisoners, their ill-advised activities furthers the Iranian government's interest and even contributes to the continued detention of the prisoners.”

Mohabat News commented: “At a time when the General Council of the United Nations has appointed a special rapporteur to investigate human rights in Iran, this ill-informed view has helped enable the Republic Islamic of Iran to remain silent. It fosters a lack of information on the condition of prisoners and also a lack of factual reports to human rights organizations.

“Considering the large number of Christian prisoners that are being held in prisons in different cities across the country, the concern over the condition of these brothers and sisters is not only an issue for their families but it has expanded to become an issue of the whole church of Iran and a continuing prayer request for many believers around the world who share this passion.”

The agency report concluded: “Being transparent and informing the public regarding the condition of Christian prisoners, Mohabat News calls on churches everywhere to pray for the release of Christian prisoners and all other prisoners of conscience and lift their hands to Heaven in unity.”

UPDATE April 22, 2012: According to Iranian Christian news agency, Mohabat News, reports have been received stating that Farshid Fathi, a Christian prisoner, received a 6 year sentence by the Iranian Revolutionary court. This after more than fifteen months of imprisonment and uncertainty.

Farshid Fathi, whose trial had been postponed several times by judicial authorities, was eventually tried on January, 2012 in a court based in Evin prison after more than one year of uncertainty.

Although the details of his court session have not been published, a knowledgeable source according to the issued verdict said that the court announced his accusations as, "action against the regime's security, being in contact with foreign organizations and religious propaganda".

In an email to The Jerusalem Post in August 2012, Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), wrote: “Iran continues to persecute Christians simply because of their religious beliefs. Sadly, this nation is one of the world’s worst offenders when it comes to abusing religious and human rights.”

“Iran would prefer that the outside world never know what’s happening to these pastors – the imprisonment, the torture, and the executions,” Sekulow, whose organization aims to promote religious freedom abroad, said. “Iran must be held accountable for this abhorrent behavior. Iran needs to know that the world is watching.”

25. Free Nahid Ghadiri, Iranian Baha'i Faith Prisoner of Conscience

Nahid Ghadiri is a Baha’i citizen and resident of Mashhad.

She was arrested and transferred to solitary confinement in a prison in Mashhad on March 15th, 2010 where interrogators pressured her to guarantee refraining from all religious propaganda. A month after her arrest, on April 10th, 2010, Ghadiri was finally allowed to meet with her family for twenty minutes.

Ghadiri’s physical condition has deteriorated while incarcerated and she suffers from extreme back pain resulting from of an operation she had prior to her arrest.

Authorities have informed Ghadiri’s family that she is serving a five year sentence on charges of “teaching the Baha’i faith”.

Nahid Ghadiri was charged with “propaganda against the Islamic Republic and acting against the national security of the country through membership in organizations associated with the Baha’i sect”, “holding illegal gatherings” and “publishing and distributing CDs and books related to the Baha’i faith” and sentenced by Mashhad Court to 5 years in prison at Vakil Abad prison. Ghadiri was transferred to Vakil Abad prison in Mashhad on June 28th, 2010 in order to begin serving her prison sentence.

Ghadiri is currently serving her 5 year sentence at Vakil Abad prison in Mashhad. She has endured extreme pressure and been denied basic prisoner rights such as access to fresh air and use of the prison library.

26. Free Iranian Baha'i Citizen Houshang Fanaian

July 11, 2011--The Appeals Court has upheld a four-year prison sentence issued for Houshang Fanaian, a Baha'i citizen from the city of Amol in Mazandaran Province.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Houshang Fanaian has been locked up in Amol Prison for more than four months. Recently, on charges of attending a special Baha'i religious ceremony and membership in a Baha'i social group, he was sentenced to 3 years in prison. Additionally, Houshang Fanaian was convicted of acting against national security through his membership in Facebook and sentenced to one year in prison.

The Appeals Court, however, overturned a six month prison term issued by the lower court for insulting the Supreme Leader of Iran.

The decision by the Appeals Court was issued within two days after the request for review was filed. Although Houshang Fanaian’s attorney, Abdolfattah Soltani, had also asked to meet with the judge assigned to review the case, the Appeals Court denied this request and announced the verdict in absentia.

The Iranian Intelligence Agency has recently increased the pressure on Houshang Fanaian who is serving a four year sentence in Amol Prison, Mazandaran Province. This has included harassing his daughter, Glarh Fanaian, and threatening her with arrest.

27. Save the Od Yoseph Chai Yeshiva from Destruction

“Save Our Yeshiva” is the name of the last-ditch campaign launched by students and supporters of the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in Yitzhar to stop the demolition of the yeshiva building, a key Torah learning center located in Samaria, in the heartland of Israel.

The yeshiva replaced the former one located at the grave of Yosef Hatzadik in Shechem which was ransacked, smashed by pickaxes and set on fire by an Arab mob in October of 2000 after the then Prime Minister Ehud Barak ordered the army to vacate the tomb.

Under the order of the present Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, the IDF Civil Administration issued a demolition order against the 11-year-old yeshiva building. According to Israeli building practice, the Defense Minister needs to sign off on the project as a formality. Barak has refused despite amply documented early government authorization and funding for its construction. Ironically, the building commenced when Barak was Prime Minister. The building was built with private donations along with the Israeli government which invested 3-4 million shekels in the building.

Yeshiva staff, students and supporters, shocked by the May 9th demolition order, which many claim to be the result of politics within the Labor party, have mobilized to prevent the destruction of the 13,000 square foot Torah institution.

28. دفاع از حقوق بهائیان ایران


دفاع از حقوق بهائیان ایران