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Foundation of Martyrs Doesn’t Recognize Baha’i Soldiers Who Died During the War

Muhiddin ZehniHRANA News Agency –Baha’i family of a soldier who died during the war at the front in Piranshahr had written a letter to the Foundation of Martyrs and called to recognize the soldier who defended the homeland as a “martyr” and create a precedent for him. The Head of Foundation of Martyrs in Miandoab in response to the soldier’s mother’s demand, had written that because “he was a member of Bahai sect” and based on the regulations, the possibility of filing does not exist for him or the same person or people, whether veterans or victims.

Iranian University Conceals Evidence of Expelling Baha’i Students for Religious Beliefs

Iranian University Conceals Evidence of Expelling Baha’i Students for Religious BeliefsIranhumanrights.org - Fifteen Baha'i Students Expelled in December and January

At least 15 Baha'i students were expelled from Iranian universities between December 2016 and January 2017, with university officials trying to eliminate any trace of the ongoing discriminatory policy, which follows governmental policy.

Maryam Naghash Zargaran Returned to Evin Prison

Maryam Naghash ZargaranHRANA News Agency – On December 6, Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, Christian convert returned to Evin prison by the end of her furlough and also 42 days has been added to her sentence because of her “absence”.

Protestant Church Property Confiscated in Iran by Khamenei-Supervised Organization

Protestant Church Property Confiscated in Iran by Khamenei-Supervised OrganizationIranhumanrights.org - The largest Persian-speaking Protestant community in Iran, Jama'at-e Rabbani, has announced that it has been stripped of its ownership of Sharon Gardens, a large and valuable piece of real estate in the city of Karaj, by an organization operating under the supervision of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Five Gonabadi Dervishes Arrested in Iran Amid Ongoing Persecution CampaignFive Gonabadi Dervishes Arrested in Iran Amid Ongoing Persecution Campaign

dervishIranhumanrights.org - Five dervishes of the Sufi Gonabadi Order were arrested in the southern Iranian city of Dezful on December 13, 2016 after obeying a summons to appear at the prosecutor's office, their lawyer Kasra Nouri told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

Unprecedented Ruling Lightens Jail Term for Imprisoned Baha’is

altRadiozmaneh - Twenty four Iranian Baha'is who had been sentenced to heavy sentences ranging from 6 to 11 years for charges ranging from threatening national security to links to espionage, were acquitted from the charge that link them to enemy countries by the appeals court in Golestan Province.

Iranian rights groups decry treatment of Christians

Candle lightWorld Watch Monitor - Iranian and European human rights and religious rights organisations have urged the international community to use new opportunities for trade with Iran to hold the government there to account over its treatment of Christian converts.

Baha’i Businesses Shuttered Across Iran in Ongoing Persecution Campaign

Baha’iIranhumanrights.org - Dozens of businesses in Iran owned by members of the Baha'i faith have been indefinitely shut down by the authorities after some owners closed their establishments to honor the birthdays of two of the faith's holiest figures.

Baha’i Artist Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Teaching Art Classes in His Home Awaits Appeal Results

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Iranhumanrights.org - Shahriar Siroos, an Iranian Baha'i artist who was sentenced to five years in prison for the charge of establishing a group to "perturb the security of the country" for teaching art classes in his home, is awaiting a decision on his appeal.

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