Regime Razes Bahai Homes in Iran

The latest human-rights violations from Iran — met, as usual, with silence by the Obama administration:

Amateur video, shot on mobile telephones and posted by Iranian human rights activists on the Internet, showed what appeared to be several buildings reduced to rubble, as well as fiercely burning fires. Latest reports indicate that 90 percent of the Baha’i homes in Ivel have now been destroyed, most of which have been unoccupied since their residents fled after previous incidents of violence or as a result of official displacement.

Members of the Baha’i community have made repeated complaints both before and after the latest incident to local government officials, including to the provincial governor in Sari. In every case, knowledge of the demolitions or the motive behind them was denied.

In the meantime, while the trial of the seven Baha’i leaders in Tehran ended on June 14, 2010, we do not yet know what the verdict is nor do we know a date when a verdict may be announced.  We will keep you informed as soon as we learn any further information.

In Iran, the Bahais play much the same role that Jews do elsewhere: the canary in society’s coal mine. What is emerging in the Islamic Republic today is noxious indeed.

Michael Rubin — Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East ...