[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

[Arabic verse][1]

Honourable Mr. Raeiszadeh, Deputy of Legal Complex, Pursuits and the Supervision of Justice Administration of Mazandaran Province 

Date: 5 Azar 1387 [25 November 2008]

 

After offering our appreciation and heartfelt wishes, pursuant to our grievances petition number 7394, 6 Aban 1387 [27 October 2008] and all the numerous visits of the last month, regarding the destruction of our private Baha’i cemetery of Darzikola of Qaemshahr, hereby we submit again: Despite the orders of the honourable judicial authorities in protecting and arresting the violators, the reluctance of the respectable head of the police station number 12 of Qaemshahr, had led to the increase of aggression, courage and boldness, so that apart from appearing on the morning of 13 Aban [3 November], at dawn of 1 Azar 1387 [21 November 2008], they, fanatic people of enmity and rancour, together with a number of their accomplice, with more equipment and facilities than before, including three loaders and eight dump trucks, raided and attacked the cemetery area, destroyed the rest of the developed graves, even exhumed the graves. And after cutting down the planted trees, completely destroyed the cemetery and its surroundings, and levelled the western side, which was surrounded and protected by barbed wire and fences, fled the scene. Although it was immediately reported to the mentioned police station while these acts were being perpetrated, unfortunately, no action was taken.

Dear Mr. Judicial Deputy, since the inquisition of beliefs and motivation of this ugly medieval practice has no place in any part of the world, especially in our beloved country of Iran, and the precious works of divine religions in educating the human beings, especially the lamp of civilization, the effulgent light of the Great Prophet, the shining star of the horizon, His Holiness the most honourable Messenger of God [His holiness Muhammad], as well as the bright moon of insight and knowledge, Ali son of Abu Talib, who endowed this region with his insight and knowledge and this is not hidden from any person of vision and wisdom, therefore, the judicial, disciplinary and administrative officials based in this province—the best region in the world—definitely never will allow evil and violator of such acts to behave contrary to the sacred divine rites, the way and manner against the divine will, by violating the written laws, become the cause of disgust to the dead Baha’is and the owners of the graves, and the effects of such an abusive act to attract the attention and, in fact, dishonor the Islamic Republic of Iran. How beautifully Jalal ad-Din [Mohammad] Rumi had said, [Persian poem][2]

Mr. Raeiszadeh, we Baha’is love our homeland because we are Iranians, and not only are we not temporary residents, but we consider ourselves rightful owners, and these rights are in accordance with the Article 3, 4, 19, 22 and 23 of the Constitution and the enunciated principle of 30 civil laws. The validity of legitimate property and the rule of Taslit [absolute legal power of the owner to exercise dominion or control over property] with no harm and other considerations of the legislative provisions were ensured and guaranteed in the enacted laws. Although we are strictly forbidden from any kind of interference in party politics or political bias at all local, national and international levels, the concept of government as an institution for the welfare and progress of human society and the principle of obedience to it and compliance with civil laws, is one of the salient features of our religion and according to our teachings, we are good-wishers to all and strive with all our heart to be a useful citizen for the advancement and welfare of the public. Now, regardless of all, it is requested from your honour to seriously have the matter investigated again and by issuing an urgent order to pursue and arrest the perpetrators and violators of the laws and denials of the moral and human character and suggest the proper course to pursue for the said ruined place, ensuring the security and compensation of the material and intangible damage to the cemetery. Seeking divine confirmations and …

Sincerely yours - On behalf of the Baha’is in Darzikola Qaemshahr

 

[Signature and names of Baha’is in Darzikola, Qaemshahr at the bottom of the letter]

 

[Handwritten note in the margin of the page]

In the Name of God

The registration office should send the same request for consideration and necessary legal action to the respectable Prosecutor of Qaemshahr.

Deputy of the judiciary of Darzikola

[Signature]

5 Azar 1387 [25 November 2008]

 

[Official stamp at the top of the page]

The Justice Administration of the province of Mazandaran

 

 

[1] [The original text is as follows: "‎ تبارک الذی بیده الملک"]

[2] [The original text is as follows: "‎ تو لیلة القبری برو تا لیلة القدری شوی             چون قدر مر ارواح را کاشانه شو کاشانه شو“]