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.
The business license of Mr. Houshang Ghoddousi of Tehran, who also 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. No further information is available at this time.
· Mr. Sohrab Kaffashi from a suburb of Tehran, after two months of operating his supermarket, discovered that it has been directed and announced in the local mosque that no one should use his shop. Considering the consequences, Mr. Kaffashi closed his shop.
· A photocopy shop owned by a Bahá’í individual of Karaj has been sealed for a second time.