Ariyai Community News Agency – Today, Thursday, September 17, 1401, Fariba Ashtari, a Baha’i citizen, was arrested by the security department of Yazd and taken to the prison of this city.
According to the report of Jamia Aryaei news agency, citing Human Rights in Iran, on Wednesday, 16th of Shahrivar month 1401, Fariba Ashtari, a Baha’i citizen, resident of Yazd province, was arrested by the security agents of this city and was transferred to Yazd Central Prison to serve a prison sentence.
An informed source said: “Meanwhile, Ms. Ashtari has been arrested to serve her prison sentence, but no notification was sent to her to execute the prison sentence. And yesterday, Wednesday, the officers went to Fariba Ashtari’s house and arrested her and took her to prison.
This Baha’i citizen was arrested on December 11, 2018, following the raid of Yazd Intelligence Department agents on his personal home. Fariba Ashtari was arrested after house search and confiscation of personal belongings, and after being transferred to the detention center of this security agency and during interrogation and explanation of charges, after 2 days on 13th of February 2018, she was released on bail.
Fariba Ashtri was sentenced to 6 years in prison
On June 31, 2019, and with the beginning of the proceedings, Fariba Ashtari was sentenced by Branch 1 of the Yazd Revolution Court to the charge of (membership in groups opposed to the regime) and (propaganda activity against the regime) to a total of 6 years in prison. became.
Fariba Ashtari had previously served her sentence in Yazd prison from March 2013 to February 2016 for charges related to Baha’i activities, and she is one of the former Baha’i prisoners.
On March 9, 2014, at the same time as Faez Bagheri and his father Naser Bagheri, as well as Fariba Ashtari, he was serving his 2-year sentence in Yazd prison. Fariba Ashtari’s son and wife were released from Yazd prison on July 14, 2016, after going through the interrogation process and completing the case for referral to the court.
With the start of the proceedings, the case of Faez Bagheri and his father Naser Bagheri was investigated by the Revolutionary Court branch of Yazd province and on November 27, 2017, Naser Bagheri was sentenced to 9 months in prison and his son Faez Bagheri was sentenced to 3 years in prison.
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.
In Shahrivar of 1401, Amnesty International issued a request for immediate action while strengthening the repression and applying security and social pressures on the Baha’i community of Iran due to the religious beliefs of these citizens and demanded an end to the repression of the Baha’is of Iran.
Also, in July 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.
The suppression of Baha’is in Iran violates international human rights documents, including Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as Articles 18 and 19 of this valid international document, as well as Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Arbitrary detention and the impossibility of access to a lawyer for the accused, including cases of violation of international human rights documents, Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights approved on December 16, 1966, have also been emphasized.
Citizens’ right to a fair trial by an impartial court is one of the things emphasized in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Although Article 5 of the Criminal Procedure Law emphasizes on informing the accused as soon as possible of the alleged charges and providing the right of access to a lawyer and other defense rights mentioned in the law, these legal provisions are not applied to the majority of Baha’i citizens.