Minority rights under attack
- Another Baha’i arrested – Taher Askandrian, a member of the Baha’i community who lives in Semnan, was arrested by internal security forces in his home. The forces conducted a search of Taher’s home and confiscated religious books. No information about his whereabouts or condition has been made available. Taher had served a year and a half in Semnan Prison.
- New wave of clashes between security forces and members of the Gonabad Dervish community – Three members of the sect were arrested in the cities of Kavara and Saghad. Security forces and plainclothes police broke into the home of Amin Abulahasani, a Dervish member in Saghad, and took him to unknown location, without presenting any valid warrant. Amin is the son-in-law of Ali Shafiai, who was arrested the previous day. In addition, Manocher Zara from Kavara was also arrested and taken to an unknown location.
- Prisoner from Dervish sect punished for praying in keeping with Dervish tradition – A ban on visits has been imposed for over a week on Kasra Nouri, a member of the Gonabadi Dervish order, imprisoned in Adelabad Prison in Shiraz. He has been in detention in Shiraz for three months, and last week was transferred to the criminal wing by prison clergy as a punitive measure, after praying in the Dervish style.