[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

Saturday, 5 Aban 1358 [27 October 1979]

Mr. Mehdi Bazargan, Prime Minister

Copy: Mr. Hashem Sabbaghian, Minister of Interior

Copy: Mr. Sadr Haji-Seyyed Javadi, Minister of Justice

With respect, and further to the letter of 21 Mehr 1358 [13 October 1979], for a period of close to eight months, the Baha’i community has been submitting numerous petitions, via mail or telegraph, pleading for justice against oppressions inflicted upon this largest religious minority in the country, regrettably however, to no avail whatsoever.  Don’t Baha’is have the “right to life” in this country? Are they not citizens of this pure soil?  What crime have they committed to be deprived of the most basic human rights? 

Members of this community exist in more than three thousand cities and towns in this country. Each day, a number of them, having committed no misconduct, are subjected to harassment under various pretexts. Innocent members of their Assemblies, on mere baseless excuses, have been distraught, imprisoned and [had] members of their families harassed.  Over the past month, members of the Assemblies in the cities of Hamadan, Abadan, Shiraz and Tabriz have been attacked, and Baha’is in those regions subjected to harassments, two of whom are still in prison in Tabriz for no reason.  And most importantly, our pleas made to any authority go unheard, and implicitly or explicitly receive no attention, as though Baha’is are not people of this land.  God’s words in the holy Quran tell us: “Be just; that is nearer to righteousness”.  Is it fairness and justice for them to be subjected to all kinds of persecutions and for no one to come to help them, no matter how loud they cry?

Aside from religion, human rights entitle every person to his civil and natural rights.  They smear falsehood on us with no reason or evidence, and no matter how many appeals are made, no one stops them.  They dismiss us from jobs, and no one holds them accountable; they illegally confiscate and destroy Baha’i properties and all our pleadings go unnoticed. 

We insistently ask your righteous authority to appoint a few impartial individuals, or a special committee, composed of honourable ministers, to meet with the representatives of this community in order to carefully review our case and take necessary action for the return of their properties and the remedy of these unbearable atrocities against the community, which is larger than the total of all other religious minorities in the country.

With respect,

On behalf of the Baha’i community in Iran

Dr. Hosein Naji, Manouher Ghaem-Maghami

Address – [Redacted]