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Arrests in Iran cause horror in Luxembourg

Bahá’ís are being persecuted by the Iranian regime. This outraged their co-religionists in the Grand Duchy.

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Bahá’ís are being persecuted by the Iranian regime. This outraged their co-religionists in the Grand Duchy.

(dpa/mer) – The repressive actions of the Iranian regime against members of the Bahá’í are also causing outrage in Luxembourg. “The Bahá’ís in Iran have suffered continued persecution for their faith for 44 years, but the current acceleration is more than worrying and there is no end in sight,” said spokesman for the Bahá’í community in Luxembourg, Jean- Pierre Schmit, on Friday the “Luxemburger Wort”.



Around 500 followers of the Bahá’í Faith live in Luxembourg. Where does their community come from and what drives the believers?


In recent weeks, the Iranian secret service has arrested several Bahá’í members for alleged spying for Israel. The mystical Bahá’í religion, whose headquarters are in Haifa, Israel, is not recognized in Iran and may not be practiced. The group collected and passed on secret information on behalf of Israel, the secret service said on Monday on state broadcaster IRIB. The group also did missionary work for their religion in kindergartens and schools. Details of those arrested were not given, but they are believed to be Iranians.

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“The entire Bahá’í community rejects these absurd and grotesque claims. What the Iranian government is doing is both a severe form of repression and a shameless example of the worst form of hate speech,” Schmit said. “We urge everyone to raise their voices and demand an immediate end to these horrific acts of blatant persecution.”


Local, The Portrait: The Iranian-born human rights activist Shabnam Madadzadeh campaigns for her homeland in Luxembourg, Photo: Chris Karaba/Luxemburger Wort

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Two foreigners – a Belgian and a Swede – have also been arrested in recent weeks on the pretext of spying for arch-enemy Israel. Iran is accused of wanting to enable the release of Iranian prisoners abroad with such arrests. Tehran denies this and claims the right to defend itself against espionage.

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