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[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:] HRANA - Human Rights Activists News Agency

[Date:] 25 Mehr 1400 [17 October 2021]

 

Dismissal of Soheil Haghdoust, a Baha’i citizen, from His Job in Qaemshahr

HRANA News Agency – Soheil Haghdoust, a Baha’i citizen living in Qaemshahr, was fired from his job due to pressure from the city’s IRGC intelligence. Mr. Haghdoust’s own business premises had previously been sealed by the Public Places Supervision Office.

According to the HRANA news agency, the news organ of the Iranian Association of Human Rights Activists, in recent days, Soheil Haghdoust, a Baha’i citizen living in Qaemshahr, was fired from his job by the city’s Intelligence Office of Sipah[1].

An informed source told HRANA, “Mr. Haghdoust previously owned an optical store which was sealed a few years ago on the pretext of being closed during a Baha’i religious holiday. Since then, he had been working in the office of an ophthalmologist in Qaemshahr. In the past few days, the Intelligence Office of Sipah summoned this doctor and pressured him for 2 hours that he should fire Mr. Haghdoust by the end of the month. This doctor was forced to make a commitment to do so, and despite his wish to retain Mr. Haghdoust, he was forced to fire him.”

Mr. Haghdoust’s business premises had already been sealed and closed by the Public Places Supervision Office in 1394 [2015/2016]. This Baha’i citizen was arrested in Mordad 1396 [July/August 2017] on the pretext of relaying information about the sealing of his business premises and the Baha’i citizens of Mazandaran Province [to external agencies and the media] and the legal pursuit of this issue. He was released on a 200 million tomans bail four days later. He was sentenced by Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court of Sari to one year in prison under tazir[2] law on charges of “engaging in propaganda against the regime” and this sentence was reduced to four months in prison under tazir law on appeal. Finally, in Esfand 1397 [February/March 2019], his sentence was overturned following grant of a conditional pardon.

 

[1] [Sipah-i-Pasdaran:  Islamic Revolutionary Guards]

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