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[Adapted from website:] Voice of America

[Date:] 7 Dey 1396 [28 December 2017]


More Than Ten Baha’i Shops were Sealed in Tabriz

The human rights news agencies that publish news from Iran, have reported that, more than ten Baha’i businesses have been sealed by the Public Places Supervision Office in East Azerbaijan Province.

HRANA had reported that at least 16 Baha’i-owned shops have been sealed.

Also a list has been sent to Voice of America, detailing the names of people whose shops have been sealed: Shahriyar Khodapnah (Eyeglasses Distribution Office), Touraj Misaghi, Kambiz Misaghi (Optical Store), Parham Saberi (Clothing Store), Shiva Isakhani (Hairdressing), Payam Zafaryab (Optical Store), Behnam Aghabalaei (Home Appliances Store), Mohammad Hokmaran (Plastic Items Sale), Anis Hokmaran (Eyeglasses Repair), Farhad Nabati (Optical Store), Behrouz Nourdel (Optical Store), Enayat Mollaie (Photography), Behnam Shafie (Cosmetics Store), Alireza Aghabalaei (Wire Winding), Navid Ighani (Optical Store), Behrouz Isakhani (Home Appliances Store).

The Police Department of the Public Places Supervision Office oversees the affairs of businesses and shops. So far, no explanation has been given about the seal of these units.

Last year, the business premises [owned by] the Baha’is has been sealed many times, so that in only three provinces of Kerman, Sistan and Baluchestan and East Azerbaijan, the number have reached 90 units.

Hassan Rouhani’s government has been emphasizing citizenship rights for four years but has not taken effective action against Baha’is. Earlier, Shahindokht Molaverdi, the Iranian president’s special assistant for citizenship rights, had said that correspondence had taken place with the relevant authorities about the sealed business premises of the Baha’is.

The Islamic Republic of Iran does not recognize the Baha’i Faith and since the revolution it has engaged in harsh treatment of its followers. In addition, Baha’is are not permitted to study at the Iranian universities.