Sahar Kazemi taken to jail, Sama Nazifi dismissed from college

Sahar Kazemi, a female Kurdish woman from Sanandaj, was transferred to the women’s ward of Sanandaj Prison.

Sahar Kazemi was arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence forces at her home in August 2018, and was temporarily released on November 24, 2018.

Sahar Kazemi was arrested again on Sunday, December 2, 2018, after going to the Justice Department of Sanandaj. Sahar Kazemi’s husband, Madeh Fat’hi, was arrested last autumn and held for three months in a solitary cell in the detention center of the Department of Intelligence of Sanandaj.

Moreover, Sama Nazifi, a student of architecture at Azad University’s Shahriar Branch, was dismissed from school on Monday, January 7, 2019, due to her Baha’i beliefs.

This undergraduate student of architecture received an honorary student title last year. But this year, she cannot continue her studies because of being a Baha’i.

According to reports, until November 19, 2018, fifty-eight Baha’i students were deprived of their education at the university competitive examinations, and at least 11 Baha’i students were expelled from their universities because of their beliefs.

In another report, Baha’i woman Neda Shabani is still being held in uncertain status over 40 days after her arrest in Karaj.

The security forces of Karaj arrested Neda Shabani on November 29, 2018, and transferred her to an unknown location. Ms. Shabani has only been able to contact her family once a week, and despite repeated attempts by her family, they have not yet been fully informed about the status of her case. They have only been informed of Neda Shabani’s extended detention.

Also in Isfahan, several women were sentenced to imprisonment on December 25, 2018, because of their Baha’i conviction. Baha’i women Bahareh Zaini (Sobhaniyan), Fujhan Rashidi and Sepideh Rouhani were each sentenced to 4 years’ imprisonment and Anosh Rayeneh to 6 years in jail.