Haleh's 8 Year Old Son: “I feel like crying, but I try very hard and stop myself..."


Haleh's 8 Year Old Son: “I feel like crying, but I try very hard and stop myself..."
by faryarm


Urgent Appeal by the Baha’is of Shiraz

Posted: 19 Apr 2009 05:50 PM PDT

Editor’s Note:  Iran Press Watch has received the following urgent request from the Baha’is of Shiraz.  It is requested that this note be posted in as many other sites as possible. 

By the Baha’is of Shiraz

Imprisoned Baha’is in Shiraz are being kept under inhumane conditions.  They are held in small cells, in solitary confinement.  These cells are about 2.2 meters x 2.2 meters wide, with an open washroom at the corner, and without any sort of windows, openings or ventilation system.  Their bedding consists merely of two blankets on the cement prison floor.  At present, there are seven Baha’i detained in the city of Shiraz.  

Among them, the situation of Haleh Houshamandi-Salehi (arrested March 18, 2009), is the gravest (see //www.iranpresswatch.org/2009/04/serious-health/).  She has a heart ailment and her physician has stated that any stress or trauma will have an extremely serious impact on her health.  Under the intense psychological and physical pressures of solitary confinement and ongoing interrogations, she developed numbness on the left side of her body to the point that she could not get herself up from the floor.  After 22 days in solitary confinement, authorities transferred Halah Ruhi (detained since October 2007), to Haleh’s cell.  Although Haleh Houshamandi-Salehi is being given some medication in the prison, she is in urgent need of proper medical care and the attention of a heart specialist.  Her family has taken her medical records to the detention centre, hoping for compassion and understanding.

However, in response to her family’s ongoing inquiries into Haleh’s condition, the judiciary investigator recently said: “What happens if one of you dies, one less the better”.


Sooren Salehi

Haleh Houshmadi-Salehi’s 8-year old son, Sooren, traumatized by the raid of his home and the detainment of his mother, often bursts into tears.  The mothers of his classmates help their children with their homework, drop them off and pick them up from school, but the authorities have left Sooren without his mother.  He says, “I feel like crying, but I try very hard and stop myself.  I worry that my classmates will make fun of me”.  He often asks when his mother will be home, but no one has any answers to comfort this broken-hearted child.


On April 4, a bail was set by the Prosecutor General of Fars province for the release of four of the prisoners arrested in the last two months.  However, the judiciary investigator stated that under no condition would he accept the instructions of the Prosecutor General and allow these Baha’is to be discharged on bail (see, //www.iranpresswatch.org/2009/04/imprisoned-bahais-barred/).

A few days ago, an arrest order was briefly shown to a Baha’i that was being questioned by Islamic authorities.  The arrest order was entitled: Arrest Warrant of all Connected Individuals.  This revelation is very alarming as it indicates the authorities’ intentions to use such broad reaching statements to justify numerous arrests.  With such a vague and ambiguous warrant, any and all family members of the detained Baha’is can be considered “connected individuals” and any Baha’i can be considered a “connected individual” by virtue of their faith and their common beliefs.  Their use of elusive terminology on warrants allows them to detain, question and arrest any individual for any period of time, at will, and without any further justification or clarification.  

It is the urgent hope of the detainees’ families that the ongoing atrocities against Baha’is are stopped, and that their loved ones, detained solely because of their beliefs, are released.


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Thanks for posting this.

by Tahirih on

Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! Every man of insight confesseth Thy sovereignty and Thy dominion, and every discerning eye perceiveth the greatness of Thy majesty and the compelling power of Thy might. The winds of tests are powerless to hold back them that enjoy near access to Thee from setting their faces towards the horizon of Thy glory, and the tempests of trials must fail to draw away and hinder such as are wholly devoted to Thy will from approaching Thy court. Methinks, the lamp of Thy love is burning in their hearts, and the light of Thy tenderness is lit within their breasts. Adversities are incapable of estranging them from Thy Cause, and the vicissitudes of fortune can never cause them to stray from Thy pleasure. I beseech Thee, O my God, by them and by the sighs which their hearts utter in their separation from Thee, to keep them safe from the mischief of Thine adversaries, and to nourish their souls with what Thou hast ordained for Thy loved ones on whom shall come no fear and who shall not be put to grief.                                                               ~~Bahaullah~~ 

Ahang Rabbani

Thank you for this posting

by Ahang Rabbani on

Many sites and media outlets have picked up this story, such as,  //www.iranian-americans.com/2009/04/1011.html

Thank you Faryar!


How sad!

by amigo19 on

I feel like crying and feel lumps in my throat when I think of this little innocent child. How cruel  human beings can get ,how heartless they are in doing this, I was watching a a very sad movie;The boy in Striped pijamas, it sounded and seemed so familiar.

I hope these hard hearted people who do these attrocities could be shaken and awakened from their slumber of prejudice and hatred.


it is a sad story indeed. I

by AnonymousDust (not verified) on

it is a sad story indeed.
I hope the situation will change for better in our beloved Iran and our dear Bahai brothers and sisters and other persecuted people not only in Iran but all around the world can enjoy peace and freedom.
ya Baha ul Abha!


So sad!

by Souri on

All this should stop immediately and definitively. What is the purpose of all these atrocities toward the human, the compatriot, the mothers and the children?

I hope all this will stop soon. Thanks dear Faryar for posting.