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HRW warns of increase in number of Baha'i detainees in Iran

The Iranian has increased the number of Baha'i detainees in different parts of the country over the past two months, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.

About 20 Baha'i Iranians were detained without charges in different cities of the country in August and September, Human Rights Watch reported.

Well-informed sources told HRW that another 11 Baha'is were arrested in the provinces of Isfahan and Albaraz from August 23 to September 23 and transferred to the Shiraz detention center.

Deputy Middle East Director at HRW Michael Page said 20 Baha'is in Iran had been arrested by the Iranian regime in August and September without giving any explanation for their detention, citing the extent to which the mullah regime is "intolerant" of the Baha'i community in Iran.

Iranian officials have already launched a campaign to threaten Baha'is and increased their harassment when they arrested Mehdi Hajati, who declared his solidarity with his fellow Baha'is held by the regime's forces.

Page told Human Rights Watch that the judiciary and the Iranian security services have violated the fundamental rights of the Baha'i community in Iran over the past four decades.

Page called on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and members of his government to stop pretending not to be responsible for the persecution of the Baha'is and to end this blatant violation of Baha'i rights in Iran.
Last Modified: Wednesday، 17 October 2018 09:44 PM