[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

26 Esfand 1359 [17 March 1981]

 

O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves[1]

 

On Monday, 25 Esfand 1359 [16 March 1981], based on the order of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Shiraz, two innocent, trustworthy, righteous, and productive Baha’i individuals, Dr. Mehdi Anvari and Hedayatollah Dehghani, were executed after a few months of imprisonment, based solely on their religious beliefs. This visible injustice, similar to the killing of seven Baha’is in Yazd, who were sentenced based on documents discovered in the “Episcopal Circle” organisation that were later found to be false, and also the kidnapping of 11 members of the Baha’i community, including members of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Iran, about whose fate we do not have any information thus far, and the hearts of the generality of the Baha’is are deeply saddened because of it, and despite repeated appeals, no authority or position-holder has acted to establish justice and restore the reputation and vindicate the emotional and spiritual injuries inflicted by these calamitous events. Without a doubt, the consequences and effects of these unjust acts have darkened the pages of the recent history of the dear land of Iran. Now, yet again, meek and innocent Baha’is are being killed based on trumped up and baseless allegations. How pitiful and sad it is that such individuals have taken up a seat on the throne of justice belonging to [Imam] Ali (peace be upon him) and they commit such injustices that cause fairness and justice to shout and cry out to the heavens. The silence, apathy and lack of attention by the authorities to the repeated injustices committed against the Baha’is, who form the largest religious minority in Iran, have created the question of whether the power of the government in this country has come to back and protect the actions of prejudiced and cruel individuals, and whether we can have any hope or trust that the rights and security of the members of this community can be protected, and what authority or position-holder is in charge of ensuring and protecting the rights of individuals and carrying out justice.

 

The Baha’i Community of Iran considers it its duty to inform your respected officials, who are among the leaders and protectors of the public, about these atrocities and ask for vindication and justice, and request that you, in your own right, take action to ensure that such kinds of cruel and unjust atrocities will not be repeated in the future, and attend to the requests and appeals of the Baha’i community and its members, who have been subjected to cruelty and injustice, with utmost neutrality, without prejudice, and with adherence to justice.

 

With expressions of respect,

The Baha’i Community of Iran

 

Sender: [Address provided], Tehran

 

Copy Sent to:

Office of the Imam

Prime Minister

Chairman of Consultative Assembly

Ayatollah Montazari

Supreme Judicial Council

 

 

[1] [Quran 4:135]