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Twitter Blocks Iran State Media Outlets for Harassment of Bahai Community

By INU Staff

INU - The Iranian regime has denied the people of Iran the most basic of human rights for years. The regime has particularly targeted religious and ethnic minorities and treated women as second-class citizens. Freedoms in most areas of life are limited, including the way people dress, the way they style their hair, and so on.

People of the Bahai faith in Iran have been particularly targeted by the regime. The Bahai faith has existed for 150 years and is considered an offshoot of Islam. Iran is home to several hundreds of thousands of the members of which there are approximately five million across the world.

However, they are not left to practice their faith in peace and the regime has declared that the faith is unorthodox. Hundreds of Bahai followers have subsequently been jailed over the past few decades, with many also being executed, simply because of their faith.

It was reported on Saturday that a number of Iran’s state media outlets have has their Twitter accounts blocked because of their harassment of the Bahai community.

A source from the social media giant said that a number of accounts have been suspended for “multi-account abuse and other forms of platform manipulation”. The source also said that the accounts that have been suspended have been involved with the “co-ordinated and targeted harassment of people associated with the Bahai faith”.

The following state-run news outlets have had their accounts suspended: The Young Journalists’ Club, Mehr, Irib and Irna. Several of the agencies tried to deflect the reasons behind the suspension by referring to the escalation in the region following Iran’s seizure of a British tanker.

Human Rights Watch has indicated that people in the Bahai community are routinely harassed, tortured, prosecuted and imprisoned. They face major limitations when it comes to their education and they are denied access to university-level education.

Amnesty International has also highlighted the mistreatment of minorities in Iran, mentioning in its annual reports year after year that Bahai members are targets. The organisation has pointed out that businesses owned by members of the Bahai faith have been forcibly closed and they are not allowed to be employed in the public sector.

Many people have had their properties confiscated and many have been thrown in jail to serve lengthy prison sentences.

“The authorities regularly incited hatred and violence, vilifying Baha’is as ‘heretical’ and ‘filthy’.”

The people of Iran are desperate for change. They are sick of this ill-treatment and they want everyone to be treated as equals. The people of Iran want regime change and they want the same values that the Resistance is promoting for a future Iran.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), wants a future Iran that is based on the respect of human rights, gender equality, the abolition of the death penalty, the separation of religion and state, the rule of law and justice and a non-nuclear Iran.

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