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Sunday 27/6/1362 [18 September 1983] Number 219

 

Activities of all Baha’i institutions banned in Iran.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has announced a ban on the activities of all Baha’i organizations in Iran.

Islamic Republic authorities have stated that affiliation with the Baha’i institutions in Iran is an offence, and associated individuals will be prosecuted as offenders.

Robert Blum, a spokesman for the American Baha’is in Wilmette, Illinois, said that, although the Baha’is may still individually continue to practice their religious beliefs in Iran, under the new regulations legislated by the Islamic Republic of Iran, activities in any Baha’i institution, be it a religious, cultural or charitable agency, will be considered an offence.

According to Baha’i officials, the Islamic Republic of Iran has executed at least 142 Baha’is in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Baha’is are considered infidels by Shiite Muslims; however, despite the fact that they live peaceful lives akin to those of other religious minorities, the Islamic Republic has adopted a harsh approach towards the Baha’is.