News

Zhinous Rahimi begins 1-year sentence (Sen’s Daily – July 27th)

A Baha’i from Tehran, Zhinous Rahimi, surrendered herself at Evin Prison last week to begin serving her one-year sentence. Rahimi had been one of almost 20 Baha’is arrested in wave of arrests made across Tehran, Mashhad and Shiraz in July 2012. They searched her home and confiscated her personal belongings. She was released on a bail of 100 million toman a few weeks later.

Manizhe Nasrollahi has been released from prison (HRANA – July 29th)

Baha’i Manizhe Nasrollahi, who is from Senman, was released from Evin Prison on Friday after completing her three and a half-year sentence for “propaganda against the regime” and “participation in a Baha’i organization”. Nasrollahi had been imprisoned in June 2009 for “activities against [National] security by teaching the Baha’i Faith, as well as membership in an organization opposing the Islamic regime and related to the Baha’is”, according to Iran Press Watch. Nasrollahi had been a “member of the informal administrative committee of the Baha’is of Semnan”, which had been shut down by the Revolutionary Court.

Opinion

Mehrangis Kar: A Historic Kiss (Rooz Online – July 24th)

Kar writes on the now-infamous kiss of Mohamed Nourizadeh: “This kiss comes out of the tortures, beatings, persecutions and hatred that have filled Iranian prisons, and it is an invaluable feat. Nourizadeh, a Shii writer who for years had the love of the rulers of Iran, has been so tortured and disgusted with the Shiite regime that his message with this kiss is that his fate is now tied to that of the Baha’i child.”

Diana Ala’i – Video – “We All Have to Stand Up for Another” (HRIRAN – July 24th)