The arrest of Sepehr Ziaei and Payam Vali, Baha’i citizens
Ariyai Community News Agency – Sepehr Ziaei, a Baha’i citizen living in Tehran, and Payam Vali, a Baha’i citizen living in Karaj, were arrested by the security forces on Saturday, October 2, and taken to an unknown location. While searching Mr. Vali’s house, the officers beat him and his son Adib Vali.
According to the news agency of Jamia Aryaei, on Saturday 2 October 1401, Payam Wali and Sepehr Ziaei, Baha’i citizens, were arrested by the security forces in Tehran and Karaj.
An informed source said: “Yesterday, 8 forces of the Ministry of Information went to Payam Vali’s workplace in Karaj and arrested this Baha’i citizen with a beating. Then the security forces searched his house, during which Adib, Mr. Wali’s son, was also beaten by the security forces. “The officers seized a number of personal belongings, including Adib Wali’s mobile phone and laptop, and took them with them.” At the same time, 15 security forces went to the house of Sepehr Ziaei, a Baha’i citizen living in Tehran, and arrested him. While searching the house, the officers confiscated some of the personal belongings of the family members, including mobile devices, laptops and computers, bank and personal documents and some cash and took them with them.
As of the moment of writing this report, there is no information about the reasons for the arrest and the whereabouts of these citizens.
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.