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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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by: RR
January 16, 2009 12:29
This is awful. The Iranian government keeps denying Baha'is basic rights and this must stop.

by: Forest Lovejoy from: US
January 17, 2009 01:33
Iran's record speaks for itself; they persecute women, religious and sexual minorities and anyone else who they cannot cram into the small box they define as "reality." This dictatorship must go NOW!!

by: Steve from: USA
January 17, 2009 01:58
Sad to see these things still happen in the 21st century Iran. And the government in Iran wants the interational community to respect them and listen to what they say? Amazing!

by: Dany from: UK
January 17, 2009 12:13
Mullahs must go

by: Muhammad Jibran from: Egypt
January 17, 2009 22:12
The Iranian regime is not a government. they should not be refered to as a government. They are groups of animals slughtering humnas. I am a Muslim and strongly believe that animals in power of the Iranian regime are non-muslim and anti-human.

by: nick from: uk
January 18, 2009 05:14
If the world want to get so called geverment (Bullys) of Iran really engery keep reporting what its doing to the Bahai's<br />it really gets in there narve

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