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26 Esfand 1359 [17 March 1981]


Unfortunately, once again, despite all of the claims presented at international conferences about adhering to Islamic justice and protecting the rights of the minorities, at dawn on 26 Esfand 1359 [17 March 1981] two Baha’is from Abadeh, Dr. Mehdi Anvari and Hedayatollah Dehghani, were executed in Shiraz. For the Baha’is, who are innocent of the allegations against them, it is not clear why such sad events must take place from time to time without any reason. The responsible authorities are keeping silent and are not responding to any of the complaints and appeals and they even pretend to be unaware of [these incidents].  The Baha’is believe that the one true God will not overlook the injustice meted out by anyone, and that the blood of these oppressed people will call to account the [perpetrators], [about whom it is] stated in the holy verse, Why do you confuse [dress up] the truth with falsehood?.  Please take action, and, once and for all, clarify the status of this beleaguered community. Either massacre all of them and count it as Islamic justice, or recognise them as a religious minority and provide them with their basic human and social rights. Our intention is not only to ask for your investigation of the horrific injustice committed against the two above-mentioned persons; rather, since all Baha’is have the same beliefs as Dr. Anvari and Dehghani and follow the same path, either all of them must be killed, or they must all attain to their God-given rights.


With expressions of respect – from the Baha’i Community of Iran.


P.O. Box 305


The Supreme Judiciary Council

His honour Hojjatol-Eslam Hashemi Rafsanjani, head of the Islamic Consultative Assembly

His honour Ayatollah Hosein-Ali Montazari

Office of Imam