Two Baha’i Citizens were Arrested in Zahedan

Two Baha’i citizens were arrested in Zahedan and taken to an unknown location.

According to the Campaign for Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners, Kimia Poursadeghian and Nasim Shoghi, two Baha’i residents in Zahedan, were arrested by security forces and taken to an unknown location.

At the time of these mother and daughter arrest, security forces seized some of their personal belongings, including a laptop and some of their handwriting notes.

These two Baha’i citizens were arrested in Zahedan on Tuesday, November 19th, 2019, but their detention was not reported at the time due to the Internet shutdown.

During this time, relatives of the two Baha’is have not been able to find out where they are held and the reason for their arrest and detention. In response to the follow-up, Security authorities said they are detained on charges of “disturbing national security”.

on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019, at least five Baha’i business locations were sealed at the Chabahar port of Sistan and Baluchistan by the order of judicial authorities.

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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