June 18, 2023 will mark 40 years since 10 Baha’i women were hanged in Shiraz. Their only ‘crime’ was their refusal to renounce their beliefs in a faith that promotes the principles of gender equality, unity, justice, and truthfulness. This collection highlights Baha’i Blog content relating to the ongoing persecution of Baha’is in Iran.
This video slideshow by Iranwire.com 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 Iranwire.com.
Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.
It’s confusing because the reason for her arrest is not known, and there is no information available about her whereabouts.
Ebenezer (July 7, 2019 at 8:59 AM)