Latest update about the demolition of homes of Baha'is in the village of Ivel


Ivel, Mazandaran, Iran
Ivel, Mazandaran, Iran

Although more than a week has passed since the demolition of a number of houses of Baha’is residing in the village of Ivel in Mazandaran, Baha’i residents of this village have not been able to go back into the village, and all their efforts to this effect have been fruitless.

According to HRA reporters, the main proponent of this demolition [whose identity has not been revealed by HRA] was able, through contacts in Tehran, to receive a permit for the demolitions from the Judicial Council of Tehran, and executed it within 12 hours.

Residents of the village have informed HRA journalists that on the evening of Tuesday, June 22nd, this proponent started preparing for the demolition by renting a few trucks and loaders from a cement factory close to the village. However, due to the proximity of Muslim and Baha’i houses, he did not use the loaders for the demolition, but hired a few workers to do the job.

It should be noted that so far Baha’i complaints to the police and judicial institutions have not resulted in any resolution, nor are officials giving any clear answers regarding this situation.

On the other hand, few days ago, July 3rd, a hearing was held in Kiasar to investigate the complaints of two of the Baha’is of Ivel regarding people who had attacked them and beaten them when these Baha’is tried to return to the village.

At the beginning to the hearing a few people were trying to disrupt the trial by chanting “Death to Baha’is, Israel’s Spies”. For this reason the judge had to interview each side separately. At the conclusion the judge told the Baha’is that in interrogations police had conducted with the villagers, they all denied having participated in the demolition, and claimed that people from outside the village were responsible for the destruction.

Translation by Iran Press Watch


5 Responses

  1. Brooks

    July 7, 2010 11:36 am

    It is remarkable how this tiny town on the other side of the world from me has become known throughout the world in just 7 days for what was done against the Baha’is there. This town we’d never hear of, Ivel -and now the story of the people there who wouldn’t tell what they had done. How much the world now knows about the people of this small village in just one week!

  2. Ziaollah Hashemi

    July 9, 2010 2:04 am

    “…so grievous have been the trial that have afflicted the prophets of God and their chosen ones, that all mankind deserveth to be tormented and to perish. God’s hidden and most loving providence, however, has … protected and will continue to protected it from the penalty of its wickedness.” Baha’i Writings

    “…foolish have fondly imagine that by such instruments as massacre, plunder and banishment they can extinguish the Lamp which the Hand of Divine power hath lit…” Baha’i Writings


    July 18, 2010 9:51 am

    At your honor services and peputation of honesty,

    Greeting for all peoples in the world this is the only law we need the greatest is love we are firmly believe that all thing and property are created by God creator alive and living to a man, so, therefore the divine power was totally entered to our peaceful mind greatest love in one in another, and the lord house of prayer living for all, and after that the peoples of the world was accept already in the grace of God and God is our’s and we are also the tool of the power to exercise the divine right theory government for salvation and to prosper the nation souvereignty thaks and in god we trust


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