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[Adapted from website:] HRANA - Human Rights Activists News Agency

[Date:] 18 Farvardin 1400 [7 April 2021]

 

Arrest of Behrouz Farzandi, a Baha’i citizen in Shiraz

HRANA News Agency – On Tuesday night, 17 Farvardin [7 April 2021], Behrouz Farzandi Ardakani, a Baha’i citizen living in Shiraz, was arrested by security forces and taken to an unknown location. Officers searched his home during the arrest and took some of his personal belongings.

According to the HRANA news agency, the news organ of the Iranian Association of Human Rights Activists, at 11:30 pm on Tuesday, 17 Farvardin 1400 [6 April 2021], Behrouz Farzandi Ardakani, a Baha’i citizen living in Shiraz, was arrested by security forces and taken to an unknown location.

Officers searched his home at the time of his arrest and took away some of his personal belongings, such as his cell phone, computer and books.

In 1397 [2018/2019], with the intervention of university security, and on the pretext that his [education] records were lost, Mr. Farzandi was also barred from obtaining a degree due to his religious beliefs. Earlier, while studying at the university, he was repeatedly summoned under various pretexts of being barred from studying and each time he was summoned to the university security department.

In 1396 [2017/2018], this Baha’i citizen wrote a letter, the full text of which was published by HRANA, describing the problems and obstacles in the last semester of his studies at the Shiraz Payam Noor University.

Behrouz Farzandi Ardakani is a Baha’i citizen and a 25% disabled war veteran who was held captive by Iraq for more than two years and two months during the Iran-Iraq war.