[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:] 28 Bahman 1387 [16 February 2009]


Three Years and Eight Months’ Prison for One Responsible for the Semnan Baha’i Community

A Baha’i woman was sentenced to three years and eight months of imprisonment under taz’ir[1] law with exile, on charges of activity against security by the Revolutionary Court of Semnan.

On 25 Azar [15 December], Mrs. Sahba Rezvani was arrested by security forces in Semnan. Since that date, the mentioned person is still being held in solitary confinement.

The date of her trial was set for 8 Bahman [27 January], which was postponed for a week at Mrs. Rezvani’s request [in order for her] to meet with a lawyer, but despite this postponement, she was not allowed to see a lawyer.

The court session for looking into her charges was held in private on 15 Bahman [3 February], without the presence of a lawyer, and on 19 Bahman [7 February], the verdict of the preliminary court was issued, and the citizen was notified.

Mrs. Sahba Rezvani was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison under taz’ir law with banishment to a prison in Tehran Province, on charges of “propaganda against the regime”, “forming an illegal group called ‘Semnan Khademin [servants]’”, and “membership in the illegal group of ‘Semnan Khademin’”.



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