Stop Assaulting and Persecuting Shahram Chiniyan and His Family
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On February 19, 2018, Shahram Chiniyan's mother gave us a call saying that Shahram, a member of Baha'i faith in Tehran, was attacked and stabbed by people sent from the regime. His belongings were stolen, including his cell phone. He is recently released from the hospital and is resting at home. Shahram could not express the details behind the phone because his telephone is wiretapped by the Iranian Government.
For being a Baha'i, Shahram was first imprisoned in 2009 and spent 13 months in prison without any actual legal sentence. Then, in March 2012, he began serving his sentence of 8 years in prison and 70 lashes. He was cruelly tortured and beaten in prison, and was intentionally held where dangerous criminals are kept. Shahram's crime was identified as insulting the religion Islam. However, the sentence was only an excuse to persecute him for his religious beliefs.
After his release from Raja'i Shahr prison, Shahram was purposefully denied of the right to work. The regime systematically discriminated him and wherever he went to find a job, he was faced with obstacles. For instance, they told him they would not hire a former prisoner, or they said that, "We are afraid of employing you for the government asked us not to do so".
Shahram is the only member of his family who pays for his mother and brother's expenses. As an Iranian Baha'i citizen, the government of Iran has taken away his right to work, to safety, to have freedom of expression and religion, and to even live. This assault on Shahram's life is not an accident. Therefore, the government of Iran is responsible to answer for what is happened to him. I am calling the Islamic Republic of Iran and its leaders to stop persecuting Shahram Chiniyan and his family for believing in Baha'i faith.
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