Translation by Iran Press Watch
According to a “BahaiNews” report, a deceased Baha’i citizen was denied burial rights in the Baha’i cemetery in the city of Ahvaz for six days. Eventually the deceased Baha’i was buried in Hendijan.
According to this report Mr Hossein Agha Zohdi Mohammadpour, who was born in 1924 and passed away on the 12th of June 2016, was denied burial in the Baha’i cemetery in Ahvaz. The security forces stated that “the deceased must be transferred to a city located two hours away from Ahvaz in the city of Hendijan”.
According to the same source, no one has yet accepted responsibility for this prohibition; all they say is that “the order comes from higher authorities”.
Recently another Baha’i who passed away in Tabriz was denied burial in Tabriz, and was transferred and buried in Miandoab.
According to the Baha’i teachings, burial must be within no more than an hour’s travel from the place of death. Recently, in order to inflict hardship on Baha’is and to defy Baha’i burial laws, authorities in the Islamic Republic have repeatedly and purposely denied burial rights to Baha’is or forced them to bury their loved ones in locations far from the place of death.
1. “BahaiNews” is an independent non-Bahá’í initiative and is not affiliated with any Baha’i institutions.