The wife of a detained Baha’i citizen says that more than 40 days after her husband’s arrest, his family is still unaware of his condition and that they have not been able to appoint a lawyer for him.
Samira Ebrahimi, the wife of Arsalan Yazdani, said on her Instagram account on Sunday that in a letter to Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, the head of Iran’s judiciary, she described her husband’s condition. She said she had appealed to the judiciary several times before, but her efforts had not been successful.
Arsalan Yazdani was arrested on Wednesday, September 1, after security forces raided his home and confiscated some of his personal belongings.
Iranian Bahais are systematically persecuted by the Iranian regime.
Baha’is persecution in Iran
Baha’is are a religious minority rejected and persecuted by the clerical regime who also controls the courts and most other state institutions.
The Iranian regime does not recognize the Baha’i community, with more than 300,000 members in the country. Instead, for four decades, the clerical regime has routinely harassed, prosecuted, and imprisoned Baha’is solely for practicing their faith.
Hundreds of Bahai’s have been arrested over the years and many spent years in prison.
The regime severely restricts Baha’is right to education, including prohibiting Baha’i students from registering at universities and expelling them if their identities are discovered.