Six members of Iran’s Baha’i community were arrested by the Intelligence Ministry agents in the city of Shiraz, Iran.
Soudabeh Haghighat, Navid Bazmandegan, Bahareh Ghaderi, Elaheh Samizadeh, Ehsan Mahboub Rahvafa and Noura Pourmoradian, Six members of Iran’s Baha’i community were arrested on 15 and 16 September.
Intelligence Ministry agents raided the class of Navid Bazmandegan, and seized student’s mobile phones, and computers and forced them to give their passwords.
The students were made to sign some papers with their fingerprints before they read the content.
Then Navid Bazmandegan was taken to his home and he was detained with his wife, without specifying any charges, after their home was searched.
it worth mentioning that, Darya Bazmandegan, their 3-year old daughter is struggling with cancer.
Elaheh Samizadeh and Ehsan Mahboub were arrested on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. They were both transferred to Intelligence Department Detention Center of Shiraz.
Noura Moradian, called her family informing them that she has been taken to Intelligence Department Detention Centre.
Soudabeh Haghighat who recently lost her mother and was planning her funeral, was arrested on Sunday.
Baha’is in Iran face state harassment and discrimination and their faith is not officially recognized. In past years, many Baha’is have been banned from higher education and their businesses have been shut down. Many have been persecuted for their religious beliefs.