Haleh Rouhi, Sasan Taqva and Raha Sabet were taken into custody in Shiraz on 19 November 2007. They were sentenced to four years imprisonment for their participation in an education program for underprivileged children in and around the city.
Haleh Rouhi – pictured here before her arrest – was born in Shiraz in 1977. Although denied access to private university for being a Baha'i, she was able to obtain a law degree from the Baha'i Institute of Higher Education. For a time, she was employed at the Iran Radiator Company and served as a member of the Baha'i Youth Committee of Shiraz. Before her arrest, government agents often carried out surveillance on her home because of her Baha'i activities.
Born in Ahvaz, Raha Sabet – pictured here before her arrest – was deprived of access to state-run and regular private universities in Iran. Her efforts to get a business license, to run a store specializing in child learning needs, were blocked because she is a Baha'i. Before her arrest, she had been summoned for questioning several times. During one interrogation, she was told by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence, "We will hurt you in every possible way." Ms. Sabet remains in prison.
Sasan Taqva - pictured in May 2009, 18 months into his four-year imprisonment in a Ministry of Intelligence detention center in Shiraz. Throughout his imprisonment, Mr. Taqva suffered severe pain from a leg injury, sustained in a car accident, and sciatic and muscle weakness caused by the lack of basic facilities. Daily exercise and access to fresh air was limited to 30 minutes each day when he was taken - blindfolded - not outside, but to a room that had no roof.