[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[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:] Khodnevis

[Date:] 13 Aban 1393 [4 November 2014]

 

Statistics of Female Political Prisoners In Iran

The arrest and imprisonment of women, students and labour rights activists, writers and journalists has not stopped during any period of the Islamic Republic. Rather, the arrests and imprisonments have become a battleground for the ruling factions, such that whenever the moderate faction within the government has taken power, the opposition faction has intensified its restrictions on civil society activists. During the 8 years of Khatami’s presidency, and also since the beginning of the Rouhani government, the repression of civil and political activists has continued. At the time of compiling this list of female prisoners in Mehr 1393 [September/October 2014], the following individuals were in prison.

 

…. Nasim Ashrafi, a Baha’i citizen was tried on 22 Khordad 1392 [12 June 2013], in Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, presided over by Judge Mohammad Moghiseh, on charges of [partaking in] “propaganda activities against the regime and membership in the Baha’i administration”. She was sentenced to three years imprisonment under ta’zir[1] law. The sentence was reduced to one year in prison by the Court of Appeals. On the morning of Tuesday, 16 Ordibehesht 1393 [6 May 2014], while attending the Bahar Medical Laboratory on Amir Abad Street for a medical examination, she was arrested by security agents and transferred to Evin Prison to serve her sentence.

… Sonia Ahmadi

In Shahrivar 1391 [August/September 2012], Sonia Ahmadi, a Baha’i citizen, reported herself to Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad to serve a five-year prison sentence under ta’zir law. On 20 Dey 1392 [10 January 2014], she was released from Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad. Then, once again, on 21 Farvardin 1393 [10 April 2014], she was summoned by telephone to the Enforcement of Judgments Department. She was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of “Propaganda activities against the national security and against the regime through membership in Baha’i administration”.

… Sima Eshraghi, a Baha’i citizen was arrested by security forces in Mashhad in Bahman 1387 [January/February 2009]. She was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of “Propaganda activities against the regime and activities against national security and blasphemy”. She has been in Vakilabad prison in Mashhad since Aban 1389 [November 2010].

… Nasim Bagheri

Nasim Bagheri, a Baha’i citizen and a collaborator with the online university [Baha’i Institute], was sentenced to four years imprisonment under ta’zir law by the Revolutionary Court on 16 Mehr 1392 [8 October 2013], presided over by Judge Moghiseh, for “Activities against national security through membership in the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education”.

… Sousan Tebyanian, a Baha’i citizen living in Semnan was arrested by security forces on 10 Khordad 1393 (1 June 2014) [31 May 2014]. Upon entering her home, the security officers searched and confiscated some of her belongings, including a computer case, photographs, and religious books. Previously, the court had sentenced her to one year imprisonment under ta’zir law, where she spent her sentence in the women’s ward of Evin Prison during 1389 - 1390 [1989-90]. Sousan Tebyanian is the mother of two young children.

… Faran Hesami, a Baha’i citizen and a professor at the online university [Baha’i Institute], is 40 years old and the mother of a 3-year-old child. She is also a graduate of the University of Ottawa, Canada. She and her husband, Kamran Rahimian, were arrested on 22 Shahrivar 1390 [13 September 2011] and spent 77 days in Ward 209 of Evin Prison. Judge Salavati tried them in Branch 15 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court and sentenced each of them to 4 years in prison.

… Noushin Khadem was a lecturer at the online university [Baha’i Institute]. This university was established in 1366 [1987] for Baha’is who [were] deprived of university education. Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced her to 4 years in prison and she has been in prison since 1391 (2012).

…Nika Kholousi

On 5 Mehr 1391 [26 September 2012], Nika Kholousi was arrested by agents of the Mashhad Intelligence Service and was sentenced to six years under ta’zir law on charges of “Membership in the Baha’i administration”, “Propaganda in support of Baha’i sect and in opposition to the regime of the Islamic Republic”. She is currently serving her sentence in Vakilabad Prison.

...Nava Kholousi

On 5 Mehr 1391 [26 September 2012], Nava Kholousi was arrested by agents of the Mashhad Intelligence Service and was sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in prison by Branch 3 of the Revolutionary Court on charges of “Membership in the Baha’i administration”, “Propaganda in support of Baha’i sect and in opposition to the regime of the Islamic Republic”. She is currently serving her sentence in Vakilabad Prison.

… Gisou Sheikh Hasanabadi has been sentenced to six years in prison by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Urmia, presided over by Judge Chabok, on charges of “Teaching Baha’ism and propagating against the regime of Islamic Republic by forming teaching classes in her home on a regular basis for children and attracting Muslims to Baha’ism”.

… Mahvash Shahriari Sabet is a sixty-year-old woman and one of the Baha’i leaders arrested five years ago. After two years of uncertainty and imprisonment in Ward 209 of Evin Prison, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The Court of Appeal upheld the ruling. Despite her critical health condition, she is denied the right to leave and visit her family. She has been held in solitary confinement for 6 months. Mahvash Shahriari has suffered from osteoporosis due to malnutrition in prison, but despite a pelvic fracture, the prison officials have not yet agreed to her release.

… Shabnam Isakhani, a Baha’i citizen, living in Tabriz, was arrested by security agents on Sunday, 28 Tir 1393 coinciding with 18 July 2014 [19 July 2014]. After entering her home, filming and searching, security agents confiscated religious books, personal electronic devices and a satellite receiver. She has been transferred to solitary confinement. At the time of writing this report, she has been denied access to her family. Shabnam Isakhani is a mother of two children.

Saghi Fadaie, a Baha’i citizen, living in Mashhad, following her summon to the Revolutionary Court of Mashhad, was transferred to an unknown location on 20 Shahrivar 1393 [11 September 2014]. Previously, she had been arrested on 17 Tir 1393 (10 July 2014) [8 July 2014] by the agents of the intelligence service of this city. Also, on 12 Khordad [2 June 2014], her house was searched by security forces, during which her mother, along with two other Baha’i citizens, Shayan Tafazzoli and Dori Amri, were arrested and interrogated.

… Elham Farahani, a Baha’i citizen (the mother of Shamim Naimi, a Baha’i prisoner) was summoned to Evin Prison on 21 Ordibehesht 1393 [11 May 2014], under the pretext of visiting her son. However, she was arrested on the spot. She was sentenced to 4 years in prison. Elham’s husband, Adel Naimi, has also been sentenced to ten years in prison and has been [incarcerated] since 2012.

… Fariba Kamalabadi, a Baha’i prisoner and one of the leaders of “Yaran Iran” (a Baha’i administration), was arrested at her home by the intelligence agents. She has been held in prison since her arrest in 1385 [2006]. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison and has so far served without the right to leave. Fariba Kamalabadi is a developmental psychologist and mother of three children.

… Farahnaz Moghaddam, was accused and sentenced to six years imprisonment on charges of “Teaching Baha’ism and propagating against the regime of Islamic Republic by forming teaching classes in her home on a regular basis and propaganda for children and for attracting Muslims to Baha’ism”, at the Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Urmia, presided by Judge Chabok.

… Shomeis Mohajer, a Baha’i citizen, living in Tehran was arrested in Tir 1391 [June/July 2012], along with a number of other Baha’i citizens, and later released on bail. However, in Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, she was sentenced to one year in prison on charges of “Propaganda against the regime and forming an illegal group”. The sentence was upheld by the Court of Appeals. She is currently serving a year in Evin Prison in the women’s section. The husband of this Baha’i citizen, Shahab Dehghani, is also serving a 4-year sentence in Rajaei-Shahr Prison in Karaj.

… Noura Nabilzadeh, who has been working with kindergarten children through songs and music activities, was arrested on 2 Tir 1389 [23 June 2010] and charged with “Teaching Baha’ism and membership in the Baha’i administration”. She was released on bail three months after her arrest but was sentenced by a court to five years in prison and is currently in Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad.

… Rozita Vaseghi, a Baha’i prisoner, was arrested in Esfand 1388 [February/March 2010] at her home in Mashhad. She was detained in solitary confinement for 6 months. She was sentenced by the Revolutionary Court of Mashhad to five years in prison on charges of “Teaching the Baha’i Faith and Blasphemy”.

 

 

[1] [Ta‘zir (discretionary punishment):  Punishment with maximum and minimum limits determined by law and judge, respectively.]