This section exposes the wide range of attacks that have been directed toward the
Semnan Baha’i community in recent years.
Arson and Vandalism
Arson and related forms of vandalism have been used with increasing frequency against
Iranian Baha’is – and Semnan is no exception.
Disturbing reports of efforts by Iranian authorities to harass and abuse Baha’i schoolchildren
in classrooms have emerged – a trend that perhaps more than any other shows the depths
to which the current regime will go to eradicate the Baha’i Faith in Iran.
Initiatives to deprive Baha’is of income or livelihood have increased – and the manner
and method of this campaign is clearly visible in Semnan.
Raids, arrests and imprisonments
Government agents pouring out of unmarked cars at dawn and raiding homes has become
an all too common occurrence for Iranian Baha’is.
Those few official documents that have surfaced in Semnan – such as the court decisions
against those Baha’is who have been arrested – plainly show that the only “crime”
Baha’is stand accused of is their belief in and practice of their religion.