Security Forces Block Reconstruction of Ahl-e Haqq’s Shrine

Posted on: December 10th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Iranian security forces have blocked the reconstruction of Sayed Farokh Shrine located in the village of Khobyaran Jalalvand, Kermanshah Province.  This shrine belongs to a religious minority commonly known as Ahl-e Haqq (Yarsan).

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), a group of Ahl-e Haqq followers funded and planned a construction project in order to rebuild the Shrine of Sayed Farokh, but Iranian security forces interfered and stopped their plans.

The Shrine of Sayed Farokh is located seventy kilometres south of Kermanshah.  Iranian government totally destroyed this shrine in the summer of 2011 and even prevented the local residents from collecting the debris.

The rural district of Jalalvand consists of approximately 60 villages. The vast majority of residents in these villages are the followers of Ahl-e Haqq. In recent years, Iranian government has prevented Jalalvand’s residents from practicing their faith in order to pressure them into embracing the denomination of Shi’a.

Reports indicate that pressure on the followers of Ahl-e Haqq has significantly increased.  Last week, another member of Ahl-e Haqq community, Sayed Mirza Hussani, was summoned to the Intelligence Agency and threatened to stop observing religious rituals belonging to his faith.

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Baha’i Farmland Confiscated

Posted on: May 27th, 2010

May 27, 2010

HRANA – In April 2010, the Lands and Assets Headquarters of Mazandaran, A Division of Sepah (the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps), based on the Imam’s Decree, confiscated five thousand meters of land in Ghaemshahr that belonged to the late Mr. Ahmad Ahmadzadeh. The confiscation took place while the heirs of the deceased were using the land for farming.

Report Compiled on Economic Pressures on Baha’is

Posted on: May 5th, 2010

May 5, 2010

HRA News Agency – A report received recently from Iran provides details on a few cases of economic pressure put on the Bahá’ís.  It is necessary to note that there are undoubtedly many more such incidents that have gone unreported. According to HRANA,The business license of Mr. Manouchehr Ighanian of Tehran, who owns an optical shop, has not been renewed and he has been sent a warning letter by the Opticians’ Trade Union to close up his shop. Mr. Ighanian has submitted an objection letter to the Trade Union along with appropriate documents. No information bearing on the outcome of his legal action is available at this time.


Baha’i Citizen Loses Business Permit

Posted on: April 30th, 2010

April 30, 2010


HRA News Agency – In the city of Birjand Mr. Siavash Deimi lost his business permit on Monday 26 April when the government agents closed his appliance repair shop.

Mr. Deimi had run his business for several years but this year the authorities did not renew his permit for several months. He made several trips to the government offices to renew his permit with no success.  The government agents openly identified his belief in the Baha’i faith as the reason for their inaction.