According to the report of the Ariyai community news agency, Shagaigkhane Zareen and Negar Iqani, Baha’i citizens living in Shiraz, were arrested by the security forces and taken to an unknown place.
Today, Sunday, July 5, 1401, two Baha’i citizens were arrested by the security forces in Shiraz.
The identities of these people are 20-year-old Shagaig Khaneh Zarin and 22-year-old Negar Iqani. An informed source said: “This afternoon, Ms. Zareen’s father suffered a stroke due to the lack of information about his daughter’s condition and the stress caused by her arrest, and he is currently undergoing medical care in a hospital in Shiraz.”
As of this writing, there is no information about the charges and whereabouts of these citizens.
Negar Iqani, together with a number of other Baha’i citizens who participated in the 2018 national entrance exam, faced various flaws in the results of this exam, including “defects in the file”, and was denied further education due to being a Baha’i.
Baha’i citizens in Iran are deprived of the freedoms related to religious beliefs, this systematic deprivation while according to Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, every person has the right to freedom of religion and change of religion with conviction, as well as have the freedom to express it individually or collectively and publicly or secretly. According to unofficial sources, there are more than three hundred thousand Baha’is in Iran, but the Iranian constitution only recognizes Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism and does not recognize the Baha’i religion. For this reason, the rights of Baha’is have been systematically violated in Iran over the past years.