Since 2013, 521 Baha’is have been reportedly arrested solely because of their religious beliefs. 12 As of the end of June 2019, there were reportedly 49 Baha’is arbitrarily detained in the Islamic Republic of Iran. 13 On 1 January 2019, nine Baha’i citizens were condemned for a total of 48 years of prison by the court of appeal of Isfahan on charges of “membership of the illegal Baha’i community and propaganda against the regime by spreading the Baha’i faith in the society”. 14 Members of the Baha’i faith in trial often face violations of the due process of their judicial proceedings.15 The constant threat of arrests and detention or imprisonment, is a main feature of the country’s persecution of Baha’is.16 17 Such a threat can well amount to coercion to renounce or convert from the Baha’i faith and therefore impairs their freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief. In light of the above the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has not ensured that the Baha’i members, including those who have been detained for more than 20 months so far, receive a fair trial. Independent observers have rarely access to trials involving Baha’i members in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Recommendation Status: This recommendation has NOT been implemented. Baha’i International Community https://www.bic.org/sites/default/files/pdf/iran/the_bahais_of_iran__a_persecuted_community.pdf 13 Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, 18 July 2019, https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N19/222/62/PDF/N1922262.pdf?OpenElement 14 Baha’i International Community www.bic.org/sites/default/files/pdf/iran/overview_of_persecution-0119_2.pdf 15 Baha’i International Community, https://www.bic.org/focus-areas/situation-iranian-bahais/current-situation 16 Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, 18 July 2019, https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N19/222/62/PDF/N1922262.pdf?OpenElement 17 See more : Baha’i International Community, https://www.bic.org/focus-areas/situation-iranian-bahais/current-situation 12 3

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