In a translation of a report by Human Rights Activists – Iran, Iran Human Rights Voice reports that 3 Baha’is were sentenced to 2 years imprisonment, on the pretence that they were carrying out activities against national security.

Human Rights Advocates in Iran- Three Bahai faithful social activists from the city of Yasooj, identified as Zolaykha Mosavi, Rohieh Yazdani and Ali-Asgar Ravan-Bakhsh, were sentenced to two years imprisonment during a court session held in the Revolutionary Court of the same city on November 18.

Last spring, Ms. Mosavi and Ms. Yazdani started a schooling session to train young children in proper social and family etiquette, upon approvals from the students’ parents.

Then, last August, the Ministry of Intelligence forced the classes to be suspended, and two teachers along with Mr. Ravan-Bakhsh (who is married to Ms. Mosavi), were summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence and subjected to questioning.  Also, the residences of all three individuals were searched and, in the process, a number of religious books, pictures and personal effects were confiscated.

The court charged all three with activities against national security by holding anti-Islamic classes.

In a more detailed report (translated by Iran Press Watch), Iran Emrooz states the following:

The reason for the arrests and charges against three individuals is that early this year, Mrs. Ruhiyyih Yazdani, who is an elementary school teacher, offered classes on morality, basic education, drawing and theater arts to children of ages 5 to 7 years (pre-school). These children were all from the poor village of Mehryan, located on the outskirt of Yasuj, in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province. The classes were completely free of charge.

At the beginning of this humanitarian effort, Mrs. Zulaykha Musavi and her husband, ‘Ali-Askar Ravanbakhsh, provided a room in their home in the same village in which to hold these classes.

Despite knowing that the organizers were Baha’is, a large number of villagers eagerly brought their children to these classes. It is estimated that about 70 children from this village participated in these sessions.

This comes almost a year after the similar sentencing of Baha’i youth in the city of Shiraz for offering classes to underprivileged students.