Detained Since: July 31, 2022
Charges: "Founding or leading an organization that aims to disrupt national security" (Art. 498 IPC).
Sentence: Ten years in prison.
- Detained: March 5, 2008
- Released: September 18, 2017
- Charges: Espionage, propaganda against the Islamic Republic, and establishment of an illegal administration
- Sentence: Ten years in prison (reduced)
- Original Sentence: 20 years in prison
Biography: Mahvash Sabet is a teacher and school principal who was dismissed from public education for being a Baha’i. Before her arrest, she served for 15 years as director of the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education, which provides alternative higher education for Baha’i youth. She began her professional career as a teacher and also worked as a principal at several schools. In her professional role, she also collaborated with the National Literacy Committee of Iran. After the Islamic revolution, like thousands of other Iranian Baha’i educators, she was fired from her job and blocked from working in public education. Mahvash Sabet was released in September, 2017 after completing her ten-year sentence.
Advocacy Partner: U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom