Shabtabnews – Dr Noor Ali Tabandeh, who was under effective house arrest since February 2018, with little no contact with his students and with no proper access to medical care passed away earlier today in Mehr Hospital, in Tehran.
Dr Tabandeh who was a lawyer and Judge prior to becoming the spiritual leader of Gonabadi Sufis, was a strong advocate for human rights, and was imprisoned by the current Iranian regime for protesting the undemocratic actions of the regime.
During his time as the spiritual leader of the Gonabadi Sufis , the Iranian regime consistently put him and his followers under immense pressure, by destroying their houses of worship and repressing his followers.
Gonabadi Sufi’s who number in millions, have consistently resisted the extreme interpretation of Islam by the Iranian regime and advocate the separation of state and religion, and peace and harmony and respect for human rights of each person regardless of faith, gender or race. Because of these beliefs, which are opposed by the Iranian regime’s extreme ideology the Sufi’s have been heavily oppressed .
Since the Sufi protests of February 2018, which were in response to the Iranian regime’s threats to Dr Tabandeh, Dr Tabandeh was placed under effective house arrest, with no proper access to medical care. All of which led to the deterioration of his health in recent weeks. He spent the last few weeks under observation at Mehr hospital in Tehran, due to severity of his conditions, before passing way earlier today.
Dr Tabandeh’s body according to reports has been taken for burial to his home town of Beydokht, in Khorasan province of Iran.