Persecutions of the Baha'is in Iran:

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    Summary of types of persecution

    Harassment of Baha’is is pervasive and includes many incidents of all of the following:
    • Arrests and detention, with imprisonment lasting for days, months, or years. In cases where the Baha’i is released, substantial bail is often required.
    • Direct intimidation and questioning by authorities, sometimes with the use of high-intensity lights and physical mistreatment.
    • Searches of homes and business, usually with Baha’i books and other items confiscated.
    • School expulsions and harassment of schoolchildren.
    • Prohibition on Baha’is attending universities.
    • Court proceedings where Baha’is are accused of promoting propaganda against the government “for the benefit of the Bahaist sect.”
    • Monitoring of the bank accounts, movement, and activities of Baha’is, including official questioning of Baha’is requiring them to give information about their lives, actions, neighbors, etc.
    • Denial or confiscation of business licenses.
    • Denial of work opportunities in general.
    • Denial of rightful inheritances to Baha’is.
    • Physical assaults, and efforts to drive Baha’is out of towns and villages.
    • Desecration and destruction of Baha’i cemeteries, and harassment over burial rights.
    • Dissemination, including in official news media, of misinformation about Baha’is, and incitement of hatred against Baha’is.
    • Evictions from places of business, including Baha’i doctors from their offices and clinics.
    • Intimidation of Muslims who associate with Baha’is.
    • Attempts by authorities to get Baha’is to spy on other Baha’is.
    • Threatening phone calls and letters to Baha’is.
    • Denial of pension benefits.
    • Denial of access to publishing or copying facilities for Baha’i literature.
    • Confiscation of property.
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    Summary - Iran Update - Bahá'í World News Service
     
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    Placing flowers upon a grave teaching the Baha'i Faith

    Also in Tabriz, agents of the Ministry of Intelligence interrogated a Baha’i whose father was executed in 1981 for being a Baha’i. After asking the man and his wife a number of questions about community activities, the authorities stated that placing flowers upon the graves is considered “teaching” the Baha’i Faith and asked the man to refrain from placing flowers on his father’s grave and tending to the gravestone.

    Summary - Iran Update - Bahá'í World News Service
     

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