Iranian authorities refuse to free jailed Baha’i woman who qualifies for a furlough

In a recent development, Iranian authorities have refused to free a jailed Baha’i woman who is apparently eligible for a furlough, leaving her family worried about her being exposed to the novel Coronavirus in prison.

Serving a five-year term at Evin prison since December 2017, Negin  Ghadamian is a Baha’i teacher, whom an Iranian court had convicted earlier of security offenses related to her work in educating other Iranian Baha’is enrolled in one of the main educational organizations of the Iranian religious minority community – the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE).

The directive issued by Iranian Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi in March this year, said prisoners convicted of security crimes and sentenced to jail terms of “more than five years” would be excluded from the temporary releases.

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