Iran Accused Of Excavating Baha’i Cemetery


[Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty]

The Baha’i International Community has accused Iran of excavating a cemetery where hundreds of Baha’i followers are buried.  The community called on Iranian authorities to halt the work in the graveyard in the southern city of Shiraz.

The U.S.-based Baha’i community’s spokesperson, Farhad Sabetan, said on May 2 that the excavation has begun and that some 40 trucks are lined up to remove earth. Sabetan said it’s not clear if the move is aimed at putting pressure on the religious minority or if the authorities plan to use the land to construct buildings.

Sabetan said the land belonged to the Baha’i community but was illegally seized by authorities several years ago. Sabetan said more than 40 Baha’i-owned cemeteries have been desecrated in Iran since 2005.

Baha’is routinely face persecution in Iran.

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2 Responses

  1. vafa-canada

    May 9, 2014 6:44 pm

    Congratulations to the Islamic republic of Iran for achieving the LOWEST standard in Human Rights. They surely put to shame other governments such as: Afghanistan, Syria, S Sudan, N Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Yemen, Egypt who are striving to abuse their citizens as much as possible to achieve what Iran has over the past many decades.

  2. ChangeIranNow

    May 10, 2014 3:47 am

    How despicable! Irans long history of human rights oppression has gotten worse under the term of President Hassan Rouhani. Since his election almost 700 dissidents, political prisoners, homosexuals, women and even children have been executed, most in grisly public hangings and all over the objections of the international community, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

    Rouhani is no moderate and Iran is not run by any moderates. Until the international community wakes up and links relief from economic sanctions to human rights improvements, then its willingly condones the continued inhumane treatment of Iran’s people by this regime with more to come.


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