Sunday Independent (Ireland)

Per­se­cu­tion of Baha’is in Iran in­creases

- Crime · Religion · Society · Middle East News · Politics · Iran · United Nations · Baha'i Faith

Ira­nian au­thor­i­ties have es­ca­lated per­se­cu­tion of the Baha’i com­mu­nity, tar­get­ing at least 77 in­di­vid­u­als across the coun­try in re­cent weeks, de­spite a se­cond wave of coro­n­avirus in­fec­tions, ac­cord­ing to a global or­gan­i­sa­tion rep­re­sent­ing the faith.

At least 77 Baha’is across eight Ira­nian prov­inces have been ar­rested, sum­moned to court, tried, sen­tenced and im­pris­oned in the past month “un­der base­less ac­cu­sa­tions and for no rea­son other than a deep-seated an­tag­o­nism to the Baha’i faith”, the Baha’i In­ter­na­tional Com­mu­nity said.

The Baha’i faith, which was orig­i­nally founded in Iran, is seen as hereti­cal by the Is­lamic Repub­lic. Baha’i shops and ceme­ter­ies have been van­dalised, and some of its fol­low­ers blocked from uni­ver­si­ties and jobs.

“Baha’is are used to per­se­cu­tion, how­ever, this is al­most un­prece­dented num­bers in the mat­ter of a month,” Bani Du­gal, prin­ci­pal rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the UN for the BIC, told re­porters.

While dozens of re­li­gious and po­lit­i­cal groups have been hurt by the Is­lamic Repub­lic’s 41-year rule of Iran, the Baha’is are widely con­sid­ered to be one of the most per­se­cuted.

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