UN special rapporteur Miloon Kothari released a report on housing on June 29

 IRANIAN MINORITIES EXPERIENCE HOUSING DIFFICULTIES. UN special rapporteur Miloon Kothari released a report on housing on June 29, and part of that document focused on Iran. According to the report, Kothari visited neighborhoods in and around Tehran, as well as the Boyerahmad va Kohkiluyeh, Fars, Kerman, Kermanshah, and Khuzestan provinces, and he heard testimony relating to Ilam and Sistan va Baluchistan provinces. Rural land is being expropriated and its inhabitants evacuated to make way for agricultural and petrochemical projects, the report notes. 

 
"In some regions, these expropriations seem to have targeted disproportionately property and land of religious and ethnic minorities, such as Baha'i cemeteries, but also houses" -- some 640 Baha'i properties, including cemeteries and shrines, have been confiscated since 1980. People are not fairly compensated. There are "allegations of procedural irregularities and bias against ethnic and religious minorities" in cases of expropriation. Minorities face "disproportionately poor living conditions" -- for example, Arabs, Kurds, and Muslim Sufis have "extremely unsatisfactory" living conditions in Kermanshah and Khuzestan. Laws relating to inheritance are harmful to minorities, according to the report, and favor Muslims. (Bill Samii) RFE/RL
 
IRANIAN MINORITIES EXPERIENCE HOUSING DIFFICULTIES. UN special rapporteur Miloon Kothari released a report on housing on June 29, and part of that document focused on Iran. According to the report, Kothari visited neighborhoods in and around Tehran, as well as the Boyerahmad va Kohkiluyeh, Fars, Kerman, Kermanshah, and Khuzestan provinces, and he heard testimony relating to Ilam and Sistan va Baluchistan provinces. Rural land is being expropriated and its inhabitants evacuated to make way for agricultural and petrochemical projects, the report notes. 
 
"In some regions, these expropriations seem to have targeted disproportionately property and land of religious and ethnic minorities, such as Baha'i cemeteries, but also houses" -- some 640 Baha'i properties, including cemeteries and shrines, have been confiscated since 1980. People are not fairly compensated. There are "allegations of procedural irregularities and bias against ethnic and religious minorities" in cases of expropriation. Minorities face "disproportionately poor living conditions" -- for example, Arabs, Kurds, and Muslim Sufis have "extremely unsatisfactory" living conditions in Kermanshah and Khuzestan. Laws relating to inheritance are harmful to minorities, according to the report, and favor Muslims. (Bill Samii) RFE/RL