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[Adapted from website:] Human Rights Activists News Agency - HRANA

[Date:] 16 Aban 1396 [7 November 2017]

 

After One Year; Sealing of At Least 96 Baha’i Commercial Units In Mazandaran Continues

HRANA - The business premises of more than 96 Baha’i citizens in Mazandaran Province, have been sealed since one year ago. Despite the fact that the Court of Administrative Justice ruled in favour of the Baha’i citizens, there is still no news about the opening and the economic activity of Baha’i citizens living in this province. Simultaneously with Mazandaran, dozens of other places of business belonging to Baha’i citizens of other provinces have been closed at different intervals.

The policy of preventing the minutest economic activity of Baha’i citizens during Hassan Rouhani’s administration has taken on a more prominent form. According to the HRANA news agency, the news organ of the Human Rights Activists in Iran, the closure of Baha’i citizens’ businesses in Mazandaran Province, which was carried out by the Public Places Supervision Office in Aban last year [November 2016] and ordered by the Mazandaran Prosecutor General’s Office, still continues.

In Khordad this year [June 2017], following a protest by Baha’i citizens of Mazandaran whose places of business were sealed, the Court of Administrative Justice ruled in their favour under Article 28 of the Law of Trade Unions, stating that their legal right to close their place of business for up to 15 days in the year was ignored.

According to the law, [all] citizens can close their businesses for up to 15 days in a year, for no particular reason. However, this law is not applied to Baha’i citizens, and on any religious occasion where, according to their [Baha’i] religious beliefs, business should be stopped, the law enforcement agencies will seal their places of business.

Despite the ruling of the Administrative Court of Justice, so far, no action has been taken by the relevant authorities to unseal the mentioned business units.

Uncertainty and the illegal continuation of the sealing have made the conditions very difficult for Baha’i citizens. For example, Aristotle Asadi, one of these citizens, has been forced to work in front of the door of his sealed shop, under difficult and inadequate conditions, in order to earn a living.

In recent months, the sealing of Baha’i shops has been reported numerous times.

International organizations, including the United Nations and human rights organizations, have repeatedly published reports and criticisms of the situation of Baha’is in Iran, their repression and detention, and the obstruction of their education and businesses.

The Iranian government does not recognize the Baha’ Faith, and Iranian government officials have repeatedly spoken out against it.

According to the Baha’i International Community, more than 860 Baha’is have been arrested over the past 11 years, and 275 of them have been convicted and sent to prison.

The list of citizens of Mazandaran whose businesses were closed on 11 and 12 Aban last year [1 and 2 November] that coincided with the birth of the Bab and Bahau’llah, is as follows:

Nowshahr: (Seven Commercial Units)

Behshad Derakhshan, Riazollah Heravi, Monib Mansour, Bahman Rowhani, Rocky Yousefi, Arastou Asadi, Arash Derakhshanian

 

Qaemshahr: (31 Commercial Units)

Fariborz Sabeti, Naim Samimi, Rezvaneh Sami’i, Akbar Goli, Nima Miri, Fazel Asadi, Shayan Ghadami, Zekrollah Akbari, Shahin Akbari, Fariborz Sanaie, Zekrollah Babaie, Atrollah Movaffagh, Daryoush Bakhtiari, Saied Asadi, Jalal Ataeian, Shahrokh Asadi, Zahra Golabian, Joubin Yousefi, Sohrab Laghaie, Farzad Sabeti, Changiz Derakhshanian and Nima Nowkhah, Kourosh Ahmadzadegan, Alaeddin Mirzaie, Houman Rostami, Shahram Zamani and Shahrouz Zamani, Soheil Haghdoust, Bahaoddin Samimi, Behnam Shirvani and Behdad Shirvani, Nourollah Ataeian, Bahram Safari, Soheil Ahmadzadegan, Mehrpouya Fadaie

 

Sari: (42 Commercial Units)

Mansour Mehrchi, Zatollah Darabi, Sohrab Zahedi, Saed Andakhs, Golverdi Movaffaghi, Nima Shabrokh, Yaghoub Akbari, Arman Safaie, Adel Samimi, Nourgol Goli, Farhad Rezghi, Kamaloddin Akbari, Amanollah Zahedi, Kourosh Ahmadi, Kourosh Moradi, Asghar Movaffaghi, Hosein Ahmadi, Mehryar Ghanbari, Ziaollah Khoshbin, Ashkan Khalili, Naim Kamali, Ramin Mousavi, Ehsan Sanaie, Bahman Zabihi, Behzad Zabihi, Shahryar Foroughian, Behrouz Yousefi, Vahid Golpour, Jahanbakhsh Movaffaghi, Mohammad Movaffaghi, Akbar Hoseini, Ghavamoddin Sabetian, Hesam Yousefi, Zargham Zamani, Nima Mahinbakht, Pejman Roshankouhi, Shahram Nowbakht, Shahab Nowbakht, Behrouz Yousefi, Aramesh Andakhs, Deceased-Zekrollah Rahmanian

 

Tonekabon: (Six Commercial Units)

Misagh Esmailzadegan, Noushin Masoudian, Sirous Nasiri, Saleh Oshkourian, Sina Garshasbi, Naim Khalajabadi

 

Fereydunkenar: (One Commercial Unit)

Afshin Azadi

 

Bahnamir: (Two Commercial Units)

Ahmad Nikounejad, Feizollah Nikounejad

 

Amol: (Four Commercial Units)

Serollah Hekmatshoar, Afshin Sobati, Daryoush Talaie, Farshid Kian

Also, some business units in Tonekabon and Nashtarud have been closed for almost a year. The names of [owners of] these business units are as follows:

Rouhollah Ighani, Michel Esmailpour, Khalil Naghipour, Sanaiyyeh Kandi, Omid Ghaderi,

Also, four other shops in this city have been closed since Ordibehesht 1395 [May 2016]:

Mehryar Lotfi, Jamaloddin Esmailpour, Mahvash Khazeie, Soroush Garshasbi