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According to informed sources*, the recent upsurge in the arrest of Bahá’í citizens in Iran has now included the arrest of Mrs. Mehdi Abadi, a 69 year old cancer sufferer, who was arrested at 7.30a.m. on February 21st and transferred to Evin Prison in Tehran.

Mrs. Mehdi Abadi had come to Tehran to attend her son’s wedding when she was arrested by four security agents.

This new arrest comes in the wake of a number of other arrests of Bahá’ís in Tehran Province and across the country.

Bahá’ís of all ages and from all walks of life are being arbitrarily detained and imprisoned.

For example, Faruq Izadinia, a researcher and translator, and Haleh Gholami, a children’s rights and child labour activist, were both arrested earlier in February as were a number of other Bahá’ís, and all simply because of their belief in the Bahá’í Faith.

Always at risk of detention, dispossession and imprisonment because they are Bahá’ís, there has been a very concerning noticeable upsurge in the number of Bahá’í citizens arrested throughout Iran in recent months.

*Iran Press Watch

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