The Ahmadi Religion of Peace & Light

Incidents of Discrimination in Iran

Ghasem Yousefi Rameneti

Ghasem Yousefi Rameneti’s house in Babel was stormed and he was arrested in front of his wife and children. The police held him in solitary confinement and threatened to sentence him to ten years of imprisonment if he continued to practice his belief in the Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light. The government also threatened to pressure his employer to fire him, putting him under great economic strain. The court sentenced him to several years of probation.

His passport was confiscated on the 8th of December 2022 at the Imam Khomeini Airport (the document is attached), and he was told to attend a court hearing. On the 15th of December, he was arrested for the second time and sent to Evin Prison.

Translation of the document:

General Administration of Passport Affairs,

Mr. Ghasem Yousefi Rameneti son of Mohammed Ali, with regards, please go to the Clergy Court in Tehran with the number 14/11/41632. We have taken away your passport and after the court you will receive it.

Passport Number: 53427634

SIGNED – Imam Khomeini International Airport

Mohammadreza Shekariyanasl

Mohammadreza Shekariyanasl’s house in Tehran was searched and he was taken to a detainment facility where he was blindfolded. The police held him in solitary confinement for eleven days and questioned him about his beliefs. The state sentenced him to two years of exile from his home city of Tehran.

On the 15th of December, he (for the second time) and 14 other members of the Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light were arrested and are in Evin Prison.

Alireza Akbari Erzati and his family

Alireza Akbari Erzati, his brother Owais Akbari Erzati, his wife Maryam Naghshbandi, and his two kids (aged 8 and 14) are in prison now for their belief in the Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light.



Saeed Goodarzi

He is one of the members of the Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light who was also arrested on the 15th of December 2022 simply for his faith and religion. Out of fear of discrimination and possible death, Saeed has had to hide his belief in the Ahmadi Religion of Peace & Light. He is currently being persecuted for his belief.

His passport was confiscated on the 8th of December at the Imam Khomeini Airport. Below is the document.

Translation of the document: 

General Administration of Passport Affairs,

Mr. Saeed Goodarzi son of Alireza, with regards, please go to the Clergy Court in Tehran with the number 14/11/41632. We have taken away your passport and after the court you will receive it.

Passport Number: 60604822

SIGNED – Imam Khomeini International Airport

MohammadHashem Bazrafshan

He is one of the members of the Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light who was also arrested on the 15th of December 2022 for simply his faith and religion.

His passport was confiscated on the 8th of December at the Imam Khomeini Airport. Below is the document.

Translation of the document: 

General Administration of Passport Affairs,

Mr. MohammadHashem Bazrafshan son of Mohammad, with regards, please go to the Clergy Court in Tehran with the number 14/11/41632. We have taken away your passport and after the court you will receive it.

Passport Number: 52620817

SIGNED – Imam Khomeini’s International Airport

Hamidreza Yousefi

Hamidreza is one of the members of the Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light who was also arrested on the 15th of December 2022 simply for his faith and religion. His parents and 3 brothers fled the country for their lives. 

His passport was confiscated on the 8th of December at the Imam Khomeini Airport. Below is the document.

Translation of the document: 

General Administration of Passport Affairs,

Mr. Hamidreza Yousefi son of Behzad, with regards, please go to the Clergy Court in Tehran with the number 14/11/41632. We have taken away your passport and after the court you will receive it.

Passport Number: 60076638

SIGNED – Imam Khomeini International Airport

 Saba Sedaqat was also arrested on the 15th of December 2022 simply for her faith and religion. As part of her belief in the religion, she does not wear the headscarf as it is not mandatory in the religion. This puts her life in danger as she is in jail in Iran. She has also been beaten up several times by her husband because of her belief, and has been stigmatized by her family and neighbours.

 

 

Amir Mahdi was also arrested on the 15th of December 2022 simply for his faith and religion. His family is against the religion and had threatened to hand him over to the authorities if he continues to believe in the religion.

Farzan was also arrested on the 15th of December 2022 simply for his faith and religion.

Mohammad Amin Noori was also arrested on the 15th of  December 2022 simply for his faith and religion.

Arman Feidh-Abadi was also arrested on the 15th of  December 2022 simply for his faith and religion. His family is also against his belief and when he told his family about the Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light, he was beaten up so severely by them that his arms and legs were soaked in blood.

Since the arrest of these 15 members in December, they have had no legal support or representation. The prison has refused to disclose any information to their lawyer nor grant them any visitation.

So far we have counted 70 official members of the Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light in Iran. According to their reports, none of them feel safe practicing their religion and most of them do not let anyone – including their families – know what they believe in.

The Iranian government even produced a propaganda video against the Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light. Discrimination against members has skyrocketed since then. We insert the link here, as evidence:

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