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Iran’s secret police launch new raids on Baha’i faith

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One of the women has Alzheimer’s, another was rushed to hospital in distress afterwards and a further two are widows of men executed by the regime in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution.

“What threat do ill and elderly Baha’is pose to the Iranian government?” asked Simin Fahandej, the BIC’s representative to the United Nations. “Nothing but religious prejudice can explain such merciless actions.

“With almost every passing week, and with each new wave of arrests, the Iranian government gives us new proofs [sic] of its cruelty and its intentions to persecute Baha’is only for their beliefs, even in advanced age.”

Iran has released no information about the charges facing those arrested this week or where they are being held.

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