Home inspections, summons for members of Baha’i faith

Iran Arrest

The Iranian regime continues to harass Baha’is, members of a religious minority that has experienced decades of discrimination Iran.

In the latest example of persecution against the Baha’i religious minority members, the state security forces inspected the houses of nine Baha’is, in Shahin Shahr, Isfahan Province, central Iran.

A group of seven agents who carried out the inspections, confiscated the mobile phones, Laptops, tablets, receivers, books, personal photos of the Baha’is.

In some homes, identification documents and some work tools have also been confiscated.
Furthermore, the nine Baha’is along with three others were summoned to the judiciary.

In another report, there is no clear information about three Baha’is – Ardeshir Fanaian, 30, Behnam Eskandarian, 25, and Yalda Firuzian, 20 – arrested nearly two months ago in Semnan.

Bahais-arrested
Three Baha’is – Ardeshir Fanaian, 30, Behnam Eskandarian, 25, and Yalda Firuzian, 20 – arrested in April 2019 in Semnan.

Their families still have no clear information about their health, about prison conditions under which they are being held, or the charges against them.
But they do know the three Baha’is have been denied the right to a lawyer.

In a short phone call six days after being arrested, Behnam Eskandarian told his family that he had been beaten and asked them to bring two million tomans ($155) in cash to the prison. When his family went to the prison, they found that Eskandarian had been transferred from the Intelligence solitary confinement to the prison’s Quarantine Ward, where he was held in the same cell with two crystal meth addicts.

Iran considers its Baha’is to be heretics with no religion. Rights groups say authorities routinely arrest members of Iran’s estimated 300,000-strong Baha’i minority for expressing or practicing their beliefs.