[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[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:] 30 Ordibehesht 1393 – 19 May 2014

 

Human Rights Activists News Agency - The Entry of the Special Court for Article 49 Into the Case of the Baha’i Citizens of Ivel

HRANA– The case of the confiscation and demolition of the homes of Baha’i citizens in the Village of Ivel will be reviewed in the Special Court for Article 49 of the Constitution.

According to reporters from HRANA, the news organ of the Iranian Association of Human Rights Activists, in 1362 [1983/1984], about 25 Baha’i families were evicted from their homes and their property in the Village of Ivel.

These Baha’i citizens have since complained to the judiciary about this behaviour so that they can return to their homes and property. But half of their property was seized and the other half was planted and harvested each year by the original owners; until, in 1389 [2010/2011], local residents demolished all Baha’i homes, animal stables and barns, and completely leveled their land.

The Baha’i owners again filed a complaint with the judiciary, which is still pending in Branch 8 of the Provincial Court of Appeals.

Meanwhile, with the report of  the local residents to the Special Court for Article 49 of the Constitution, which is responsible for confiscating the property of the families and those affiliated with the former regime, the case of the Baha’i citizens of the Village of Ivel is to be re-examined by a judge of this Special Court.

An informed source, who did not want to be named, told HRANA, “The local villagers who keep an eye on the land and property of Baha’is have reported to the Special Court that the owners of these lands are Baha’is who have gone to Israel, the United States and Britain. Since the owners of these properties are all in Iran, and they are trying to collect the documents and proofs of ownership of their lands, they may succeed in changing the judge’s opinion and take back their property.”