Continuation of indecision of 4 Baha’i citizens in Qaimshahr prison
Jamia Aryaei News Agency – Four Baha’i citizens arrested in Qaimshahr city, despite their serious physical condition, are being released on bail after the judicial authorities and Qaimshahr Intelligence Department prevented them from posting bail.
According to the report of the Ariyai community news agency, today, Wednesday 23rd of Shahrivar, 1401, Negar Darabi, Samieh Qolinejad, Bita Haghighi and Basir Samimi, four Baha’i citizens living in Qaimshahr city of Mazandaran province, following the objection of the investigator of the 4th branch of the General and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office of this city to the deposition. The bail is in an undecided state. Also, the physical condition of Bita Haghighi and Samieh Qolinejad is reported to be critical in Qaimshahr prison.
An informed source said: “The families of these Baha’i citizens went to Qaimshahr prison to meet their children, and during this visit, Nagar Darabi’s physical condition was not able to come to the meeting hall due to his corona virus and his deteriorating condition and inability to move.” And according to the insistence of his family, Negar came to the meeting room for a few minutes while holding my head.
This informed source also added: “The case of these citizens was transferred to Branch 104 a while ago following the visit of the Qaemshahr Prosecutor’s Office Branch 4 investigator to Karbala, but the case has been referred to Qaemshahr Prosecutor’s Office Branch 4 to prepare the indictment and complete the interrogations.”
It should be noted that Negar Darabi, Bita Haghighi, Samieh Qolinejad and Basir Samimi were arrested in a group of 14 people by the agents of the Intelligence Department on 9 September 1401, but after an hour, 2 of them were released and 12 others were released. For interrogation, they were taken to the detention center of the Sari Intelligence Department, the capital of Mazandaran province, and after the interrogation process, the women were transferred to Qaimshahr and Mardan prisons in the detention center of the Sari Intelligence Department.
Also, on September 14, 1401, Gulban Fallah, Anis Sanai, Mehsa Fathi, Mujir Samimi, Mani Qolinejad and Afnaneh Nematian were released after the interrogations were completed.
According to the circular of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution approved on March 6, 1369, Baha’i citizens are deprived of any citizenship rights and are faced with all kinds of human rights violations and coercive acts by the government of the Islamic Republic.
On the 1st of Shahrivar, 1401, Amnesty International called for an end to the repression of the Baha’is of Iran by publishing a request for immediate action while tightening the repression and applying security and social pressures on the Baha’i community of Iran due to the religious beliefs of these citizens.
Also, on July 30, 1401, the World Baha’i Community issued a statement warning against the increase in security pressures and the widespread wave of arrests, suppression of the deprivation of Iranian Baha’is from their citizenship rights in Iran.
Suppression of religious minorities violates Articles 2, 18, and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which emphasizes the right of individuals to perform religious rituals, propaganda, and religious education, both collectively and privately.
Arresting people without explaining the charges and not having access to a lawyer for the accused are among the cases that violate international human rights documents, Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights approved on December 16, 1966.
Also, people’s right to a fair trial is one of the inalienable rights emphasized in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Confession coupled with intimidation and threats violates Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and is a clear example of torture.