Prevention of burial of a Baha’i citizen in Mashhad

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Mashhad (Persian: مشهد, ‹Mašhad›, literally the place of martyrdom) is the second largest city in Iran and one of the holiest cities in the Shia Muslim world.
Mashhad (Persian: مشهد, ‹Mašhad›, literally the place of martyrdom)

HRA News- On the morning of Monday Tir 28th [July 19th] , officers of “Behesht Reza” [i.e. the public cemetery] of Mashhad refused to release corps of a Baha’i woman named Marziyeh Gholamy (Pardel), who had passed away the day before, to her family.

According to HRA reporters, related officials stated that the reason for their actions is the payment payment of a high amount (about 360,000 Tooman) for the provided services.

The land of “Behesht Reza” cemetery is located in a remote area and more than 30 years ago it was given to the Bahai’s of Mashhad by the city officials and so far any service such as digging the grave or washing the corps has not been provided to the Bahai’s of Mashhad. Therefore, requesting this amount could only be a method of increasing the intensity of the recently employed pressures on Bahai’s of Mashhad.

Last month the cemetery of Bahai’s of Mashhad was completely destroyed with a loader by unknown individuals and since then the above mentioned woman is the first Baha’i to be taken there for burial.

It should be mentioned that in 1363 [1984] Firouz Pardel, son of Mrs. Marziyeh Gholami was executed in Mashhad with the charges of being a member of Baha’i Faith.

Translation by Iran Press Watch
Also see: http://www.iranpresswatch.org/fa/post/984
Source: http://www.hra-news.org/1389-01-27-05-24-07/2829-1.html

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