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Amnesty: Iran carrying out ‘despicable onslaught’ against Baha’i minority

The Times of Israel reports: “Iran’s ‘ruthless’ persecution of its Baha’i religious minority has escalated, according to a report on Wednesday by human rights watchdog Amnesty International.

The report says there has been a surge in the intensity of the ‘decades-long persecution of this peaceful community… with a recent flurry of raids, arbitrary arrests, home demolitions and land grabs’ carried out against the group.

Heba Morayef, Amnesty International’s regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, said ‘Baha’is in Iran cannot feel safe in their homes or while exercising their faith because they are at risk of persecution.’

Amnesty reports that since July 31, 2022, Iranian authorities have ‘raided and confiscated dozens of Baha’i properties and arrested at least 30 members of the Baha’i community on account of their faith in various cities throughout Iran.’

Iran claimed that several of those arrested from the religious minority were supplying information to Israel, but Amnesty said the accusation was false. The Baha’i global center is located in the city of Haifa…”

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