At least 151 Bahá’ís have been arrested since Rouhani assumed power and at least 388 incidents of economic discrimination have been documented, ranging from threats and intimidation to shop closings. Thousands of Bahá’ís have been blocked from attending universities and 28 followers have been expelled, the report also said. Iran is home to around 300,000 Bahá’ís.
Instead of keeping its promises to end religious discrimination, Rouhani’s government “has shifted its strategy of oppression, moving away from arrests and imprisonments to more easily obscured measures such as economic and educational exclusion,” the report added.
“Taken altogether, what we have seen is an overall shift in tactics by the Iranian government, apparently as part of an attempt to conceal from the international community its ongoing efforts to destroy the Bahá’í community as a viable entity,” Bani Dugal, the Bahá’í chief U.N. representative, said.
Iran has banned the Bahá’í religion, which was founded in 1844 by Persian nobleman Bahá’u’lláh, considered a prophet by followers. Since Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution, authorities have executed more than 200 Bahá’í leaders. More than 10,000 have been dismissed from government or university jobs, according to a 2015 USCIRF report. In 2008, seven religious leaders were arrested on charges of espionage and “spreading propaganda against the regime,” and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
In 2013, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a fatwa, or religious edict, urging Iranians to avoid all dealings with Bahá’ís.
Iran Briefing | News Press Focus on Human Rights Violation by IRGC, Iran Human Rights
Jan 08, 2019 Comments Off on Iran hosts Palestinian terror leaders, vows to continue fighting Israel
Nov 16, 2018 Comments Off on Why Iran executed the “Sultan of Coins” for hoarding gold as U.S. sanctions bite
Nov 09, 2018 Comments Off on CAN SANCTIONS BRING REGIME CHANGE IN IRAN?
Nov 05, 2018 Comments Off on Iran launches military drill in response to return of US sanctions
Jan 16, 2019 Comments Off on Germany arrests linguist, accuses him of passing military secrets to Iran
Jan 16, 2019 Comments Off on ISRAEL SAYS IT CAN FIGHT MORE THAN ONE WAR AT A TIME, TELLS IRAN TO ‘GET OUT’ OF SYRIA
Jan 15, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Asked Mattis for Plan to Blow Up Iranian ‘Fast Boats,’ Report Says
Jan 15, 2019 Comments Off on Cutting The Head Off The Quds Force Snake: A Warning To Iran’s Terror Master
Jan 16, 2019 Comments Off on Germany arrests linguist, accuses him of passing military secrets to IranGermany arrests linguist, accuses him of passing military secrets to Iran Germany arrests linguist, accuses him of passing military secrets to Iran German police have arrested a 50-year-old Afghan-German man suspected...
Jan 16, 2019 Comments Off on ISRAEL SAYS IT CAN FIGHT MORE THAN ONE WAR AT A TIME, TELLS IRAN TO ‘GET OUT’ OF SYRIAISRAEL SAYS IT CAN FIGHT MORE THAN ONE WAR AT A TIME, TELLS IRAN TO ‘GET OUT’ OF SYRIA ISRAEL SAYS IT CAN FIGHT MORE THAN ONE WAR AT A TIME, TELLS IRAN TO ‘GET OUT’ OF SYRIA Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...
Jul 14, 2016 Comments Off on Corps’ one hundred thousand of triggered missiles in Lebanon:An official Israel-threatening by CorpsIran Briefing: Since August 7, 1979, when Ayatollah Khomeini declared the last Friday of Ramadhan as “Quds Day”, the Islamic Republic has always tried to hold an imposing ceremony by using state resources as well as requiring people’s involvement. This year’s Quds march had fundamental...