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Baha'i citizens arrested in Iran


Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian human rights activists report that Baha'is are being arrested in several Iranian cities. The Society Against Education Discrimination reported on Wednesday that more than 10 Baha'i citizens were arrested in the past day in Esfahan, Shahin Shahr, Villa Shahr and Yazd. The group also reports that a number of Baha'is have been arrested in Arak.

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The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) confirmed that Esfahan Baha'i citizens were arrested, adding that on Tuesday, Esfahan intelligence ministry officials arrested these people at their homes and transferred them to an unknown location.

The report adds that the homes of these citizens were searched and their computers, CDs, books and documents were confiscated.

In the past three weeks, some 20 other Baha'i citizens have been reportedly arrested in Tehran, Shiraz and Mashhad.

The Baha'i faith is not recognized as an official religion in the Islamic Republic constitution and Baha'i citizens face widespread discrimination in Iran in all walks of life.

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