CHRR – Semnan prison is a facility that holds numbers of prisoners of conscience and political prisoners. Some of the detainees have been sent to the facility as they serve their sentences in exile, while others have been transferred out.
According to the findings of this report, due to overcrowding and the limited space in this facility, the principle of separating prisoners according to their crime has not been followed and prisoners of conscience are held among criminals.
Two female Baha’i prisoners are behind bars in this facility with their newborns. There is great concern for the well being of the babies due to the unsanitary conditions, poor nutrition and constant danger of conflict with other prisoners.
Below is a report with the sentences of the prisoners of conscience along with amount of time served. Included are updates on several Baha’i citizens who were exiled out of the city of Semnan after serving their sentences.
1 – Siyamak Ighani, Baha’i citizen, has served 2 years of 3-year sentence.
2 – Habibollah Golparipour, Kurdish citizen on death row, transferred to this facility 6 months ago. Prior to his transfer to Simnan, he spent 2.5 years behind bars in Orumiyeh and Mahabad.
3 – Baha’i citizen who has spent 6 months of his 4-year sentence.
4 – Afshin Ighani, Baha’i citizen, has served one year of 4 years and 3 months sentence.
5 – Adel Fatayian, has served 6 months of a 6-year sentence.
6 – Goudarz Beydaghi, Baha’i citizen, has spent 6 months of a one-year sentence.
7 – Behrang Sarkhosh, transferred to Semnan from ward 209 of Evin prison, has served about 2.5 years of 5-years in exile sentence.
8 – Siyamak Yaghouti, transferred to Semnan from ward 209 of Evin prison, has served about 2.5 years of 5-years in exile sentence.
9 – Mehrollah Rigi, arrested at age 17 in Zahedan and on death row. Served 2 years in Zahedan prison and transferred to Semnan 6 months ago.
10 – Faleh Abdollah Almansouri, 70-year-old resident of The Netherlands, has served 7 years of 15-year sentence. There is hope that he will receive a pardon and be granted release due to his deteriorating health and hospitalization.
11 – Rofia Beydaghi, Baha’i citizen, has served 6 months of one-year sentence. The father of this prisoner of conscience, Goudarz Beydaghi is also imprisoned.
12 – Jinous Nourani – Baha’i citizen who has served 6 months of one-year sentence
13 – Zohreh Nik Ayin – Baha’i citizen who was recently transferred to Semnan prison with her newborn to serve her 23-month sentence.
14 – Taraneh Tarabi – Baha’i citizen who was recently transferred to Semnan prison with her newborn to serve 2.5-year prison sentence.
15 – Manijeh Nasrolahi – Baha’i citizen, has served 2 years of 3.5-year sentence and was recently transferred to Evin prison to serve remaining time.
16 – Ali Ehsani, Baha’i citizen, served his 2-year sentence and was forced to leave Semnan due to being banned from residency in the province.
17 – Seyed Ali Reza Nabavi, served his one-year sentence and forced to leave Semnan due to 3-year ban from residing in the province.
18 – Seyed Zahvar Nabavi, served one-year sentence and now exiled to the city of Iranshahr for 3 years.
19 – Sholeh Taef, Baha’i citizen who served her one-year prison sentence in exile at Evin prison and is now banned from living in Semnan for 2 years.
Translated by LalehSR
Committee of Human Rights Reporters
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