Baha’i Students Still Detained In Iran

Innocent Baha’i students Dorsa Sobhani and Navid Khanjani continue to be wrongfully detained in Iran.

On Thursday April 15, the families of Navid Khanjani and Dorsa Sobhani were allowed to visit their children in prison. According to the, the families of education-deprived students Dorsa Sobhani and Navid Khanjani were able to receive permits for in-person visits after following up their request at the prosecutor’s office and visiting the prosecutor. Navid Khanjani was described to be in physical and emotional condition during this visit; however, Dorsa Sobhani was not in good physical condition. Navid Khanjani is a co-founder of Population of Combat against Education Discrimination and a key member of Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR). He was arrested on March 2, 2010 in Isfahan, then transferred to the IRGC-controlled ward inside Evin prison in Tehran. He has been reportedly under lengthy and intense interrogations to accept heavy charges. A few days after his arrest, pro-government media released news titled “Members of Organized Cyber War Networks Arrested”, in which they had mentioned Navid Khanjani’s name along with other members of the CHRR as key convicts of that case. This incidents has raised concerns about “creating a security case” against him and other arrested Baha’i students who have been banned from education.Dorsa Sobhani was arrested on March 7, 2010 at her house in the city of Sari in Mazandaran province. In an earlier, short phone call, Sobhani had notified her family that her “interrogations were over”; however, after 40 days there is still no information available regarding the reason of her arrest, and neither her nor Navid Khanaji’s lawyer has had any access to their clients’ files.

Source: Iran Press Watch


Imprisoned Baha’i Sentenced

The Human Right Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports another disturbing development in Iran-

Payam Fanaian, a Baha’i follower arrested in the wake of Ashura protests on December 27, 2009, has been sentenced to six years in prison by the Revolutionary Court. According to HRANA, Fanaian is a victim of the mass arrests conducted by security and intelligence agents against the Baha’i community in Iran. He was arrested in Tehran on January 3, 2010, along with ten other individuals. Although a written sentence has not been issued to him, his ruling has been communicated to his court-appointed lawyer.

Source: Iran Press Watch

‘The Bird Seeketh Its Nest’

O SON OF SPIRIT! The bird seeketh its nest; the nightingale the charm of the rose; whilst those birds, the hearts of men, content with transient dust, have strayed far from their eternal nest, and with eyes turned towards the slough of heedlessness are bereft of the glory of the divine presence. Alas! How strange and pitiful; for a mere cupful, they have turned away from the billowing seas of the Most High, and remained far from the most effulgent horizon.