Friday, November 4, 2016 4:36:05 PM
by: Kaveh Taheri
Hassan Rouhani launched his presidential campaign in March 2013 with the slogan for more moderation when he showed the "symbolic key".
Human rights violations on the rise including mass arbitrary arrest and highest toll of executions. -"Death penalty 2015: Alarming surge in recorded executions sees highest toll in more than 25 years", says Amnesty International.
Iran security forces again have launched an extensive systematic suppression on Baha'I community by arresting them or closing their shops across the country. Dozens of the citizens were arrested; dozens of shops were closed in several cities across the country owned by the citizens of Baha'I faith.
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Investigation of the Public Places Department agents have closed at least 79 shops in Qaem Shahr, Tonekabon, Sari and several other cities, Mazandaran province owned by citizens of Baha'I faith in the two first days of November, reports Baha'I News. The closures occurred during of the Baha'I rituals ceremonies.
At least 5 Baha'I-owned businesses were closed in a systematic state-sponsored attack on the Baha'I community in Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan province on November 1, 2016, according to the news agency.
Officials also closed 8 Baha'I-owned shops in Karaj, Alborz province on October 31, 2016, says Baha'I News.
*Situation of Baha'is in Iran:
Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, Baha'is have been systematically persecuted as a matter of government policy. During the first decade of this persecution, more than 200 Baha'is were killed or executed, hundreds more were tortured or imprisoned, and tens of thousands lost jobs, access to education, and other rights – all solely because of their religious belief.
Read More: Summary of the current situation of Baha'is in Iran