Iran: New measures to suppress the religious minorities in Iran

Iran: New measures to suppress the religious minorities in Iran

Published by on February 1, 2016

prison-300The Iranian regime’s judiciary in Golestan Province has sentenced 24 Baha’i citizens to a total of 193 years in prison.

Mohsen Qanbari, a judge in a so-called court in the city of Gorgan, said the 24 Baha’is have been sentenced for “propaganda against the system [the Iranian regime]”.

These people were arrested by the regime’s intelligence organs in the cities of Gorgan, Gonbad and Minoudasht in 2012 and were subsequently released on bail after interrogation.

According to the regime’s judiciary in Golestan, the sentenced individuals have 20 days from the announcement of their verdicts to refer to the appeals court.

Baha’is routinely face persecution in Iran by the regime of the mullahs. Discrimination against them in education, jobs and even burial of their dead are among these practices.

The treatment of Baha’is in Iran has not changed since Hassan Rouhani took office.

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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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