Ali Naiemian

Born: 1910, Miandoab, Azerbaijan

Executed in Urmia on 11th August 1982


Ali Naiemian was born into a Baha’i family. After completing his high school education, he was employed by the Department of Agriculture of Azerbaijan.  He remained in this job until his retirement.  He was persecuted greatly during his lifetime for his adherence to the Faith.  For example, in 1955 during the upheavals against the Baha’is in Iran, his house was attacked and looted by a mob.  Then in 1981, the payment of his retirement pension was suspended because he was a Baha’i.  During his lifetime he was elected on several Local Spiritual Assemblies[1] including Miandoab, Sari and Urmia. 

Ali Naiemian was arrested on 20 October 1981.  He was first held at an unknown location and then imprisoned at Urmia prison.  He was executed almost a year later, on 11 August 1982.  His body was laid to rest in Urmia, in accordance with Baha’i law.


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[1] Local Spiritual Assembly: a nine-member administrative body elected annually by the Baha’is of a particular area, tasked with overseeing the affairs of the Baha’i community of that area.