Search of the Home of Karaj Baha’i Tina Alavi

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Translation by Iran Press Watch

HRANA – The house of Tina Alavi (Enayatipour), a Baha’i citizen of Karaj, was searched by security forces on Monday, January 13, and a number of her personal belongings, including her mobile phone, computer and work equipment, were confiscated. According to the HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists in Iran, on Monday, January 13, 2021, the house of Tina Alavi was searched by security forces. Officers searched her home and confiscated a number of personal belongings, including her cell phone, computer, and work equipment. Tina Alavi (Enayatipour) is a Baha’i living in Karaj who sells rhinestones.

Baha’is in Iran are prevented from practicing their religion. This systematic deprivation of liberty occurs even though Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights entitle every individual to freedom of religion and belief, as well as to freedom to express it individually or collectively, in public or in private.

According to unofficial sources, there are more than 300,000 Baha’is in Iran, but Iran’s constitution only recognizes Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism; it does not recognize the Baha’i Faith. For this reason, the rights of Baha’is in Iran have been systematically violated for many years.


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