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Date: Thursday, 12 Rajab 1399 A.H.

17 Khordad 1358 [7 June 1979]

 

His Excellency Mr. Mehdi Bazargan, the Prime Minister of the Islamic Revolutionary Government of Iran

 

With utmost respect and reverence, the following is submitted for your attention:

For one hundred and thirty-sixty years now the Baha’i community has been present in this country, and has attested to the righteousness of the blessed Islam and that of the Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon Him and His disciples. They cherish and venerate Iran, sincerely respect the government, and at all times obey the laws and regulations of the state, and regard them as the means of their existence. While refraining from involvement in politics, they eschew any dependence on foreign, anti-nationalist and non-patriotic politics. In the past era, most of their social and civil rights were violated, and their lives and assets in most cases were subjected to transgression in many different forms. Prior to the victory of the Revolution, thousands of [Baha’i] families were forced out of their homes, and in many regions in the Provinces of Fars, Azerbaijan, Hamedan, Mazandaran, Gorgan, Khorasan, Yazd and Kermanshahan, and many other areas, many hundreds of their homes and shops were looted and plundered and then destroyed or set on fire, and many of them were murdered. Now, under the authority of this government, which takes pride in the honourable name of Islam and enforcement of the laws of the Sharia, in addition to the burden of previous persecutions and dangers, they are faced with new persecutions and troubles, such as false accusations and confiscation of movable and immovable assets and properties, most of which are non-profit assets, such as heritage buildings and gathering centres and cemeteries; in some cases, these properties are endowments. In the past months, across the country, armed individuals have visited these properties from time to time and in some instances have ventured to destroy shelves and desks, and have taken files, documents and records with them. In many instances, these individuals have occupied the properties or have locked and taken the keys with them. Some properties they have totally levelled. Finally, we were informed yesterday that they had gone to some of these properties and claimed them from the custodians through an order. Given that the leader of the Revolution would never be in agreement with such actions against this [religious] minority, we are pleading with you to have these matters investigated and to issue instructions that the wrongs be righted and justice carried out, so as to dispel the worries of the members of this community, which is the largest minority religious community in this country.

 

Respectfully,

On behalf of the Baha’i Community of Iran

Dr. Hosein Naji

Manouher Ghaem-Maghami

 

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