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Iran Arrests Five Members Of Baha'i Faith


At least five members of the Baha'i faith have been arrested in Iran, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.

Security forces reportedly raided their homes, took away their personal belongings -- including computers and religious books -- and transferred the detainees to Evin prison, outside of Tehran.

Diane Alai, the UN representative of the Baha'i International Community in Geneva, told Radio Farda that the arrests come amid growing state pressure on Bahai's in Iran.

One of the detainees, Zhinoos Sobhani, worked as an assistant with the Organization for Defending Mine Victims and the Center of Human Rights Defenders, both founded by Iran’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi.

In a statement, Ebadi’s center -- whose offices were recently shut down by Iranian authorities -- confirmed Sobhani's arrest at her house early on January 14.

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