Update On Persecution Of Baha’is In Iran

The Baha’i World News Service recently published this update on the persecution of the Baha’i community in Iran.

Trial of seven Iranian Baha’i leaders appears to have ended: The trial of seven Baha’i leaders imprisoned for more than two years in Iran came to a conclusion on 14 June after three days of successive court hearings. The seven appeared in Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran on the mornings of 12, 13 and 14 June. Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations confirmed the court appearances and said that it appeared that the trial has now concluded. See Baha’i World News Service story http://news.bahai.org/story/778

Cemetery vandalized : The Baha’i cemetery in Mashhad was vandalized on the night of 29 May by unknown intruders who used a front-end loader and other heavy machinery, inflicting severe damage to the site.

Homes demolished in campaign to drive Baha’is out of Iranian village: Homes belonging to some 50 Baha’i families in a remote village in northern Iran were demolished as part of a long-running campaign to expel them from the region. The action occurred in Ivel, Mazandaran, when inhabitants – incited by elements inimical to the Baha’i community – blocked normal access to the village, while allowing trucks and at least four front-end loaders to begin leveling the houses. The demolitions are the latest development in an ongoing, officially-sanctioned program in the area which has targeted every activity of the Baha’is. See Baha’i World News Service story http://news.bahai.org/story/780

About 42 Baha’is in prison: There are currently some 42 Baha’is in prison in various localities in Iran, counting the seven Baha’i leaders detained for the last two years. All are jailed because of their religion, and some have been held more than 30 months in what are supposed to be temporary detention centers. Some 270 Baha’is still have cases open, in various stages of the judicial process.

Source: http://news.bahai.org/human-rights/iran/iran-update/

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