Tuesday, September 13, 2022 – Four Baha’i citizens living in Gorgan, Golestan province were interrogated after being summoned by phone to the city’s intelligence service.
According to Human Rights in Iran, on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, Neda Abdian, Shafagh Fahandej, Shaghayegh Pour-Enayati and Hoda Kan’ani, four Baha’i citizens living in Gorgan, Golestan province, were interrogated for several hours after being summoned by phone to the secret service of the city.
Explaining the news to the Human Rights in Iran reporter, a source said: “As security pressures on Baha’i citizens have increased, Gorgan intelligence interrogators told Hoda Kan’ani, Shafagh Fahandej and Shaghayegh Pour-Enayati: the have specialized in music and songwriting that they should not engage in this area by making a declaration of commitment. Neda Abdian, on the other hand, was asked not to work in kindergartens and the reason for this is religious propaganda by these Bahai citizens.”
It should be noted that on July 31, 2022, Gorgan Intelligence agents raided the homes of Shafagh Fahandej and Shaghayegh Pour-Enayati during a massive raid on the homes of Baha’i citizens in Gorgan.
Also, on August 24, 2022, Hoda Kan’ani’s home was inspected by Gorgan intelligence agents and some of this Baha’i citizen’s personal belongings were confiscated and she was told they would be contacted for a summons and questioning.
According to a circular of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution adopted on February 25, 1991, Baha’i citizens are deprived of all civil rights and are subject to a variety of human rights abuses and coercive treatment by the government of the Islamic Republic.
Also according to the circular of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, Baha’i citizens in Iran are among the people without citizenship rights. Depriving Iranian Baha’i in the form of sealing business premises, denying them the right to education from elementary school to higher education, destroying their cemeteries and other holy places, and imposing other social restrictions are examples of these abuses.
On July 21, 2022, the world Baha’i community issued a statement warning of increasing security pressures and the widespread wave of arrests, repression and deprivation of their citizenship rights in Iran.
Also, on 23 August 2022, Amnesty International called for immediate action, condemning the repression and exerting security and social pressure on the Baha’i community in Iran and calling for an end to the repression of the Baha’i in Iran.
The oppression of religious minorities violates Articles 2, 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Articles 2 and 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which emphasize the right of individuals to practice religious rituals, manifestations and religious education , either alone or in community with others and in public or private.