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[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Adapted from website:] Eslah News

[Date:] 5 Mehr 1393 [27 September 2014]


Zibakalam’s Harsh Letter to Javad Larijani

According to Eslah News, quoting Khabar Online, Sadegh Zibakalam has written in his blog an open letter to Dr. Mohammad-Javad Larijani regarding the harassment of dervishes and the ban on some students from furthering their education. The full text of the letter is as follows:

In the Name of God

Dear Dr. Mohammad-Javad Ardeshir Larijani,

The Esteemed Head of the Human Rights Commission of the Judiciary,

Greetings and compliments; on the eve of the start of the academic year, the registration of Baha’i students has been banned. Last week, we also witnessed those clashes with dervishes and their relatives. Dear Mr. Larijani, if, in couple of days, Mr. Ahmad Shaheed writes a report about preventing Baha’i students from entering the country’s universities or dealing with Gonabadi dervishes and Nematollahi and their relatives, you will be the first official in the regime to attack him and his report with the most brazen literature, and as usual, you will say, “This clown mercenary, this puppet, this instrument of the devious Western powers, who are themselves the greatest violators of human rights and only use human rights as a tool ... citing false counter-revolutionary and the apparently foreign Persian-language mercenary media ... Once again, he [Ahmad Shaheed] has woven a bunch of fabricated and completely false claims and has risen to perform a new dance for his mercenary masters.” (These are parts of the literature that, unfortunately, you always use instead of a logical and reasoned answer, in response to reports of human rights violations in Iran).

But dear honourable Dr. Larijani, both the students whose registration has been denied and the names and addresses of the dervishes who are imprisoned are known. And thousands of people in Tehran witnessed with their own eyes the treatment by the agents of the women and children of dervishes and the protest against the detention of their loved ones. The matter is not “Ahmad Shaheed’s being mercenary”; the main question is, which principle of the constitution or the enacted laws of the Islamic Consultative Assembly prohibits the education of Baha’is? What matters is not the “hypocritical and Western abuse of the human rights tool.” What is important is [to ask is], according to which part of the constitution or the enacted laws of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, should the Nematollahi or Gonabadi dervishes put aside their ideas and beliefs and obey your and my religious beliefs?

Sadegh Zibakalam

5 Mehr 1393 [27 September 2014]