Baha’is of Iran

125 Baha'is in Iran Now Affected in Last 10 Days of Crackdown

August 10, 2022
IranWire
The Baha'i International Community reported today that 125 Baha'is have now experienced specific incidents of persecution in the last 10 days
The Baha'i International Community reported today that 125 Baha'is have now experienced specific incidents of persecution in the last 10 days

The Baha'i International Community (BIC) said today that now 125 Baha'is have, in the past 10 days, been either imprisoned, arrested, experienced raids on their houses or businesses and the confiscation of belongings, the destruction of homes and seizure of lands, or been denied entry to university.

The BIC also published fresh images showing evidence of home raids and searches.

Last week, on August 2, up to 200 Iranian security agents raided the village of Roshankouh, Mazandaran province, and seized up to 20 hectares of property. Six homes owned by Baha'is were destroyed. The village has been home to a large number of Baha'is for over 100 years.

Iranian officials have in the past tried to claim that the Baha'is did not have rights to the land. But a post by the Archives of Baha'i Persecution's Twitter account show that other residents of Roshankou have confirmed the legitimate land rights of the Baha'is.

A second post showed that, contrary to the government's claims, those lands owned by Baha'is have not infringed on protected or state-owned properties.

Diane Ala'i, a BIC Representative to the United Nations, said that these findings proved that the Iranian government "will fabricate false accusations over and over again in order to find an excuse for a persecution that is solely motivated on religious hatred".

 

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