[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:] Rooz Online

[Date:] 28 Dey 1390 [18 January 2012]

 

Concern of the Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan

The bitter days of the Baha’is, Sunnis and Dervishes

Kaveh Ghoreishi

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… The Iranian and international human rights organizations have condemned the violations of the rights of religious minorities in Iran, especially over the past few years.

The Baha’i Community

The Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan, in an announcement, a copy of which was sent to Rooz Online, has expressed concern over the summoning and interrogation of 12 Baha’i families in Sanandaj.

According to the Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan, “Pressures regarding the transfer of the cemetery [Golestan Javid] in Hassan Abad Village of Sanandaj to the government, the search and inspection of [theses Baha’i] homes, and the confiscation of computers, photos and books” are, in recent days, among the cases that mark a new wave of pressures and restrictions on the Baha’i community in Kurdistan.

During the last year, Iranian citizens of the Baha’i community in Kurdistan have been summoned, arrested and imprisoned several times.

Earlier this year, a number of Baha’i citizens in Sanandaj were summoned to court; after interrogation, they were threatened that they will face bad consequences if their case is publicized. The Komala Party of Kurdistan, in a statement titled “Threats and harassment of Baha’i citizens” called on international human rights organizations and all civil and human rights activists to protest against such process.

The Kurdistan Human Rights Organization called the continuation of such pressure on Baha’i families in Kurdistan inhumane and illegal, and called it “a violation of civil and political rights conventions.”

In a statement issued on 27 Dey [17 January], this human rights organization called for an end to such actions and for the authorities to show leniency and tolerance in the acceptance of other beliefs.

Simultaneously with this statement, the website of the Society for Combating Academic Discrimination [PCED] announced that Fuad Khanjani, a Baha’i student deprived of higher education, had presented himself to the Evin Prison Execution Branch on 27 Dey [18 January] to serve a four-year prison sentence under tazir[1] law.

According to this report, Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Moghiseh, had sentenced Mr. Khanjani to four years in prison under tazir law. This sentence was upheld by Branch 54 of the Court of Appeals, presided over by Judge Movahhed.

 

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