Sen's daily

September 27, 2013

Court orders destruction of Bahai cemetery in Sanandaj


Mohbat News, August 19, 2013

On October 30, 2011, I reported that efforts had been made over recent months to seize the Bahai cemetery in Sanandaj, the capital of Iran’s Kurdistan Province. First the Ministry of Intelligence, and then the city’s department for the environment, pressured the Bahais to hand over the land. Bahais with businesses were also told they must close them. Earlier that year, the Bahais of Sanandaj were summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence and warned they should not participate in the Bahai “Feast” (a religious meeting, held once every 19 days), or work with non-Bahais.

Now the Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj has issued an order for the destruction of the Bahai cemetery near the medical school in that city. According to the Kurdistan News Agency, Jamal Ha’eri, a Bahai from Sanandaj who is currently in Australia, told the agency by telephone, “This cemetery (the Jawid Cemetery) is the resting place of over 40 Bahais, most recently my mother, who was buried there four years ago.” He said that the Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj issued an order for the destruction of the Bahai cemetery and this was confirmed by the court of review on August 3, 2013.

“In the past, and during the presidency of Mr. Ahmadinejad, unknown individuals had shown disrespect to the Bahais through graffiti and breaking the gravestones,” Ha’eri added. He said that the cemetery land had already been sold to an individual and the cemetery is expected to be destroyed soon.

There are more than 40 Bahai families in the city of Sanandaj. On December 19, 2012, a number of Bahai homes were raided by Ministry of Intelligence officers. Samim Zara’i (صمیم زارعی) a Bahai from Sanandaj, was arrested on July 6, 2013, when security agents raided his home. He was later freed on bail.

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2 Comments »

  1. Totally unacceptable. These behavior further necessitates the separation of religion and State until the religion and the States will have one common goal and that is pursuit of happiness for all citizens regardless of their individual beliefs so long as it is not forced upon and does not burden others.

    Comment by Mark — September 27, 2013 @ 19:43 | Reply

  2. The earth is one country and mankind its citizens. – Baha’u’llah

    Comment by Bob Hobb — May 9, 2014 @ 15:24 | Reply


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