Iran: Security forces raid up to More Than 30 Baha’i homesPublished by Ali on November 24, 2020
International Liberty Association: Security forces raided the homes of more than 30 Baha’i citizens in at least 4 provinces today and confiscated their personal belongings.
According to the human right defenders, the houses searched were in Tehran, Alborz near the capital, Isfahan in central, and the northern province of Mazandaran. Some of the personal belongings of the Bahais including laptops, smartphones, personal computers, and religious books were confiscated.
The report said some of the raids were carried out without search warrants. The Bahai families have not been identified as yet and it is still not clear why these homes were raided.
The raids have raised alarms among Bahais across Iran.
Bahai persecution in Iran
Iranian Bahais are deprived of freedom of religion as stated in Article 18 of the Core International Human Rights Treaties:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance.”
Unofficial sources say there are more than 300,000 people following the Bahai Faith in Iran. However, the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran only recognizes Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism and does not recognize Baha’ism.
Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, Iranian Baha’is have been systematically persecuted as a matter of government policy. During the first decade of this persecution, more than 200 of Iran’s Baha’is were killed or executed. Hundreds more were tortured or imprisoned, and tens of thousands lost jobs, access to education, and other rights – all solely because of their religious belief.
ILA: The persecution of Iran’s Baha’is is still ongoing with dozens of Baha’is languishing in prisons throughout Iran.