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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

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

[Date:] 28 Mordad 1397 [19 August 2018]

 

Sealing of the Shop Owned By a Baha’i Citizen in Kashan

HRANA News Agency – The place of business of a Baha’i citizen from Kashan has been sealed due to the refusal of the Public Places Supervision Office to issue a business licence from on 6 Mordad [28 July] of this year.

According to HRANA News Agency, the place of business of a Baha’i citizen by the name of Javad Zabihian (optical trade) in the city of Kashan was closed due to the refusal of the Public Places Supervision Office to issue a business licence, solely because of him being Baha’i.

In this regard, an informed source told HRANA “Mr. Javad Zabihian is a Baha’i citizen of Kashan whose optical shop has been sealed since 6 Mordad [28 July] by the Public Places Supervision Office. The reason for the seal is that they do not have a work permit, and despite their efforts to obtain a business licence, the Public Places Supervision Office does not issue them a license simply because of being a Baha’i.

It is worth mentioning that previously, in Ordibehesht 1395 [April/May 2016], Mr. Zabihian’s place of business was sealed for two weeks by the order of the head of Kashan Chamber of Commerce and [his place of business] was unsealed with an obligation to obtain a business licence.

HRANA had previously reported, the Supreme Administrative Court had rejected of the petition of 22 Baha’i citizens in Urmia, whose place of businesses have been sealed for more than a year. The sealing of the business premises of these citizens was done simply because of the short-term closure of their business premises on one of the religious occasions of the Baha’i Faith.

The sealing of the Baha’i business places in Iran continues despite promises made by Shahindokht Molaverdi, the presidential aide for citizenship rights affairs, who, on 12 Azar [3 December] last year in an interview with the media said, “There have been inquiries from the Vice President for Legal Affairs regarding the sealing of commercial premises and the banning of Baha’i activity, and we are pursuing this discussion through legal means to find a solution to the issue.”