Appeals Court upheld Sentences of Seven Baha’i Citizens in Bushehr

The sentences for the 7 Baha’i prisons who were previously sentenced to total of 21 years in prison was upheld by appeal court.

According to the Campaign for the Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners, the Court of Appeal in Bushehr Province upheld the sentences for seven Baha’i citizens named Asadullah Jaberi, Farideh Jaberi, Emad Jaberi, Ehteram  Sheikhi, Farrokh Lagha Faramarzi, Mino Riyazati and Pooneh Nasheri. They were sentenced to imprisonment, in May of 2019.

These Baha’i citizens were arrested at their home or workplace on February 13th, 2018.

Pooneh Nasheri and Emad Jaberi (son of Asadullah Jaberi and Ehteram Sheikhi) were temporary released on 50 million Tomans bail each on March 6th, 2018.

Also, Asadullah Jaberi and his wife Ehteram Sheikhi, Farrokh Lagha Faramarzi, and Mino Riyazati, five another Baha’i, were temporary released on 50 million Tomans bail each on March 13th, 2018.

UN human rights reporters have repeatedly protested to the Iranian government on their treatment of Baha’is and believed that it is a clear indication of Iran’s neglect of human rights treaties.

The Islamic Republic’s constitution does not recognize Baha’i as a religion or religion, and therefore the detention and imprisonment of Baha’is continued for four decades.

Mistreatment of Baha’is has intensified in recent years, including the destruction of their cemeteries, arbitrary arrests, home raids, confiscation of property, job dismissal, and deprivation of their basic civil rights. Iranian Baha’i youth are still deprived of their university education, and any university in which Baha’i students’ study, are forced to expel them. Baha’i professionals are denied public office and are discriminated against by private companies for their beliefs. Even those who defend them are attacked.

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