Home raids across Iran indicate alarming increase in human rights violations against Baha’is, says Baha’i International Community

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Over a hundred government agents raided the shops and homes of tens of Baha’is across Iran, on 22 November 2020, and demanded that they hand over their property deeds. The simultaneous raids were staged in at least seven cities around the country and came just hours into a 15-day national lockdown imposed to slow coronavirus infections in the country.

“The coordinated raids against so many Baha’is represents a gross violation of the basic human rights of Baha’i citizens without any grounds except religious prejudice. Specifically, invading these homes, seizing numerous items, and demanding property deeds, may signal that the authorities are mobilizing to confiscate properties belonging to Baha’is on an even more concerted and widespread scale,” said Diane Ala’i, Representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations in Geneva.