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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] Fars News Agency

[Date:] 20 Farvardin 1392 [9 April 2013]

 

Faezeh Hashemi’s “Very Beautiful Experience” with “Baha’i, Monafeghin and Secular dissolutionist[1]” Friends in the Women’s Ward

According to Fars News Agency’s cyberspace service reporter, Faezeh Hashemi, in an interview with the Bahar chain newspaper, made “thought-provoking” remarks about her time in Evin Prison and said that she was not worried about returning to prison again.

In this conversation, she calls her fellow inmates her “friends”; according to Faezeh Hashemi, the detainees were “Baha’i women, a number of Mojahedin members, two Christian women, two [women] from the mourning mothers’ group of Laleh Park, a number of Green Party members and journalists, and an Iraqi woman, and a few secular dissolutionists and lefties.”

Faezeh Hashemi calls herself a “lioness” who has had a “beautiful experience” with “great people” in prison. She is also “proud” of this “turning point” in her life and strongly “loves” it. Faezeh, who has also taken a new position in prison, talks about her political analysis meetings with her fellow inmates―meetings that have been opposed by her father.

Part of This Conversation Continues Below:

“Because prison was a new experience, for years, I have spent the New Year with my family, but the new circumstances were different. I wanted to be with other female prisoners.” She goes on to describe her [fellow] inmates as follows: “A number of Baha’i women, a number of members of the Mojahedin organization, two Christian women, two of the mourning mothers’ group of Laleh Park, a number of Green Party members and journalists, an Iraqi woman, and a few secular dissolutionists and lefties.”

Regarding her sentence in prison, Faezeh Hashemi states, “It was very good. It was a very beautiful experience, the great people that I met, the relationships and the atmosphere among the prisoners … was precious experience. There is an atmosphere created by the prisoners themselves. It is not that the guards or the officers did anything special; no, in fact we had many crises with them, but the atmosphere and conditions of the prison created a very important experience for me; it was a turning point in my life and I love and am proud of it very much.

Faezeh Hashemi also talked about Ayatollah Hashemi’s meeting with her: “Mostly, it was a greeting circumstance and I explained the prison conditions to him. Father also conveyed the grievances of the other side as to why I do not call the Mojahedin the Monafeghin, or why, for example, I have good relations with the Mojahedin and the Baha’is.”

 

 

[1] [Secular dissolutionists - secular groups who demand the dissolution of the regime]