[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:] Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA)

[Date:] 8 Aban 1387 [29 October 2008]


In the Name of Freedom

On 23 Ordibehesht of this year [12 May], Qaemshahr’s Intelligence Office, without providing an alternative site, warned the Baha’is to stop using the Darzikola Baha’i Cemetery (This cemetery was then demolished on 2 Aban 1387 [23 October 2008]). On 30 Ordibehesht [19 May], officials from the Intelligence Department requested a meeting with the officials of the Baha’i community in Qaemshahr about the warning. But after they arrived, two officials (Khadimin[1]) of the Baha’i community of Qaemshahr, Ali Ahmadi and Changiz Derakhshanian, were arrested in front of the Qaemshahr Intelligence Office. They were then taken to the Police Station 12 of Eskandar Kola and then to the Qaemshahr Department of Enforcement of Judgments and handed over to Qaemshahr Prison.

After being interrogated in the preliminary court, Ali Ahmadi was sentenced to ten months in exile in Khalkhal and Changiz Derakhshanian to six months imprisonment. It should be noted that the order to exile was later overturned in the Court of Appeal and these people were sent to prison with the same sentence on charges of “propaganda against the regime”.

During last month, Mr. Derakhshanian was released from prison after serving his sentence, but Mr. Ahmadi is still in prison. For unknown reasons, he was also banned from studying and calling his family for 32 days, as well as being visited and taking leave. He has been repeatedly threatened with re-conviction. It is worth mentioning that his interrogations had also turned into inquisition sessions The Ministry of Intelligence, while preventing him from exercising his right to leave, has also opposed his conditional release. Qaemshahr.

Now, if we review these recent events in Qaemshahr, we see that first the Baha’i community of Qaemshahr was threatened with deprivation of a cemetery, and then the officials of this community were arrested and condemned because they protested and finally, the cemetery of the Baha’i community in Qaemshahr was unfairly demolished.



[1] [Khadimin:  Those who assist with the administration of the affairs of the community]