Preventing the business Income of Baha’i Citizens in Urmia

According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, on Wednesday 19 July 2017, officers from the Public Housing Administration of Urmia from eastern Kurdistan more than 11 shops in the city, which were the location of the business of Baha’i citizens living in Urmia ,they sealed it.

The names of those their places of business by the public places sealed as follows: Omid Latifi, Erfan Samandari, Arman Noorzai, Elham Abdi ,Ali Latifi, Naser Panahi, Rita Latifi (shops leather), Sasan Karim, Bonyan Maqsoudi ( Auto parts trade unit), Qorban Najafizadeh and Mr. Soleimani (owner of shops selling household appliances).

The Baha’i citizens were summoned by the forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Places of the Interior, quoting the report Why are they shutting down their business in connection with the religious celebration of the Baha’i community on Sunday 9 July 2017?

9 July is a major historical event for Baha’is believers because on this day one of the elders called, “Bob”, has been killed.

It should be noted that the Islamic Republic of Iran, in contravention of human rights standards, has encountered other religions and is being subjected to pressure, torture and imprisonment by the discrimination and harassment of followers of these religions. According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, every human being has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and this right includes the freedom to have different ideas and beliefs. Followers of other religions (other than the official religion) should have the right to gather, to celebrate religious festivals and to research, and to receive and disseminate information and thoughts through the media.

Kurdistan Human Rights Association