Iranian Women’s Motocross Champion, Shahrzad Nazifi, Sent to Prison

This video slideshow by shares the news of Shahrzad Nazifi, an Iranian Baha’i and a women’s motocross champion and coach, was arrested on November 18, 2018 and taken to Evin Prison. After her arrest, security agents searched her house for five hours and confiscated books, her cellphone, her laptop and some other personal items, according to Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA). An informed source told HRANA that Nazifi was arrested “on the motocross course”.

Shahrzad Nazifi, her husband Mehrshad Naraghi and their daughter Noora Naraghi are all motocross champions of Iran. Both mother and daughter are pioneers of women’s motocross in the country. Several Baha’is have been arrested in recent weeks — and women competing in motocross regularly face intimidation and harassment. You can find out more about this story here on

You can find out more about the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran from this article: Some Background to the Persecution of the Baha’is in Iran

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Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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