Photo accompanied by a statement from the Baha’i International Community: Buildings in Semnan that may be confiscated

The Baha’i International Community has expressed grave concern in a statement about the “increase” in the confiscation of property belonging to the Baha’i community in Iran.
The organization says the confiscation process is being organized and led by the “Imam Command Executive Headquarters”. The executive staff of Imam Khomeini has two branches, one related to confiscation of property and the other to various commercial and industrial activities.
The Baha’i community writes in its statement that in the latest example, “the Revolutionary Court of Semnan Province has ordered the confiscation of the property of six Baha’is at the request of the ‘Executive Headquarters of the Imam.’
The statement also referred to the seizure of 13 Baha’i water farms in the village of Kata in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Provinces during the water crisis. According to this organization, a similar incident occurred in Roshankooh village of Mazandaran.
The organization had previously said that the Imam’s Executive Headquarters had auctioned off confiscated land in Kata for 15 percent of the market price and did not allow Baha’is to reclaim their land.
The organization writes: “The confiscation order of Baha’i property in Semnan has been issued by the Executive Headquarters of Imam Khomeini by Mr. Mohammad Ghasem Ayn al-Kamali, a judge of the Special Court of Article 49 of the Iranian Constitution. According to Article 49, the government is obliged to “Islamic rulings prove that the abuse of the law to justify the confiscation of Baha’i property clearly indicates the religious motive for the confiscations.”
Ms. Diane Alaei, Representative of The Baha’i International Community at the United Nations in Geneva, said: “Iran’s leadership is being planned.”
“Iranian leaders are amassing wealth by impoverishing and displacing Baha’is. The seizures in the provinces of Semnan, Mazandaran, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad may be just the beginning of this process. “This should be done in a gradual and sporadic manner so that this issue does not attract the attention of the international community. Human rights defenders at home and abroad must condemn this sentence and this gross injustice and unfairness and demand its immediate annulment.”
The Baha’i International Community had previously warned that Semnan was “being used as a laboratory for systematic suppression of Baha’is throughout Iran.”
According to the organization, “The persecution of the Baha’is of Semnan in terms of severity, mobilization and coordination of formal and informal elements, including law enforcement, courts, local authorities and clerics, as well as various forms of persecution from hatred to economic suffocation and arrests.” “And the physical attacks have been dramatic.”
The Baha’i faith is not recognized as a religion in the Iranian constitution. The United Nations and human rights groups have repeatedly accused the Islamic Republic of widespread violations of Baha’i citizenship over the past 40 years.