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


[Adapted from website:] Peyk-e Iran News

[Date:] 6 Khordad 1388 [27 May 2009]


To Auction the Baha’i Cemetery in Mazandaran

The Baha’i cemetery of the Village of Ivel, located on the Sari, Kiasar, 18 km road to Semnan, was put up for auction. This article was published in two widely circulated newspapers, Hamshahri and Iran, from 26 Ordibehesht 1388 [16 May 2009] to 3 Khordad 1388 [24 May 2009], and the announced date of the auction was 5 Khordad 1388 [26 May 2009]. The source announcing the auction was the Property Headquarters Organization [of Execution of Imam Khomeini's Order (EIKO)].

The last publication about this auction can be seen in Hamshahri Newspaper on 3 Khordad 1388 [24 May 2009] issue of year 17, number 4842, on the first page and pages 22-27.

Also, the article in question, on page 25 of the above issue of Hamshahri Newspaper, under the Mazandaran [section], row 1, reads as follows:

Address: Sari, Kiasar, towards Semnan, 18 km from Ivel Village, behind the Khaneh Behdasht [Health Centre]

Case Number: 1870

Kind of Property: land

Property Utilization: Residential House

Area: 941 [Acres]

The basic amount of the auction: 250,000,000 rials with cash and installment terms

Description: It has no ownership document and will be transferred in the form of a contract.

It should be noted that this cemetery is 100 years old, where the Baha’is of the Village of Ivel used to bury their dead. In 1362 [1983/1984], twenty Baha’i farming families who were living in the village were driven out of the village by the fanatics and the instigators at the height of the movement against this religious community. In order to maintain their beliefs, these families were forced to give up all their possessions and leave the village.

In this regard, the 26-year-old efforts of these villagers, their complaints to the centre of Mazandaran Province [governorate] and the City of Kiasar, as well as to the state authorities, has not brought them any results, and they did not succeed in returning to their village. Their homes have been completely (almost 90%) destroyed during this period, sometimes as prey to deliberate fire. Now their cemetery is going to be sold through auction.