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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] Peace Activists in Exile Campaign

[Date:] 14 Shahrivar 1393 [5 September 2014]

 

Prohibition From Speaking for Seven Baha’i Prisoners in Orumiyeh [Urmia] Central Prison

Activists in exile: With the publication of a report, local sources in Urmia describe the pressure and threats against seven Baha’i prisoners in the city’s central prison, and their deteriorating conditions.

According to the Peace Activists in Exile Campaign, Fardin Azaei, Farahnaz Moghaddam, Gisou Sheikh Hassanabadi, Neda Forsatipour, Amir Maboudi, Noushin Misaghi and Soheila Aghdasi, seven Baha’i prisoners of Orumiyeh Central Prison, have been denied access to their families and have recently been banned from talking to other prisoners.

Previously, these Baha’i citizens living in Urmia were given sentences from six months to six years in prison by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of this city, on charges of engaging in Baha’i propaganda activities and leading people to this religion.

According to the court ruling, Fardin Azaei, Farahnaz Moghaddam, Gisou Sheikh Hassanabadi, were each sentenced to six years, and Neda Forsatipour, Amir Maboudi, Noushin Misaghi and Soheila Aghdasi were sentenced to six months in prison.

The local website “Neysan News” reported, quoting informed sources, that the mentioned prisoners were also banned from practicing their religious worship inside the prison, and they were warned that if they explained their religion to other prisoners, the duration of their imprisonment would be doubled.