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[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 (HRAI)

[Date:] 4 Azar 1387 [24 November 2008]


Arrest of Another Member of the Baha’i Community in Mazandaran

On the morning of Saturday, 2 Azar 1387 [22 November 2008], Sari Intelligence Service forcibly entered Mrs. Soheila Motallebi’s home. After searching her home, confiscating all religious books, and tearing up [her] religious photographs, Mrs. Motallebi was arrested and transferred to the city’s Intelligence Department detention centre.

During this year, this action has been repeated many times by a person who states his name as “Movahhed” and declares that he is the head of the Intelligence Department of Mazandaran Province. Earlier, Mrs. Simin Gorji, Mr. Ali Ahmadi, Mr. Changiz Derakhshanian, Mr. Masoud Ataeian, Mr. Siamak Ebrahiminia and Mr. and Mrs. Allahverdi were also arrested and sent to prison by him.

Also, with the provocations and actions of the same mentioned person, Darzikolah’s Golestan Javid (the Baha’i cemetery) was repeatedly attacked and Baha’i graves were severely destroyed.

Confiscating religious books from Baha’i homes, and especially tearing down the sacred religious photographs, is a clear violation of civil rights law.

Mrs. Soheila Motallebi, a well-known figure in traditional music, is currently in the custody of the security forces, without being charged with any crime.

It is noteworthy that in recent months, following the arrest of the seven-member coordinating body of the Baha’i community in Iran, a new and widespread wave of harassment against Baha’is has begun across the country. The destruction of Baha’i cemeteries, repeated threats to the managing members of the Baha’i community in various cities, including Mazandaran, and the humiliation of and insults to [Baha’i] students in schools are part of this ongoing persecution.