[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[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:] Gooya News

[Date:] 26 Bahman 1387 [14 February 2009]

 

 

An Open Letter from a group of academics, writers, artists, journalists and Iranian activists throughout the world to the Baha’i community

 

We are ashamed!

A century and a half of oppression and silence is enough!

In the name of goodness and beauty, and in the name of humanity and liberty!

As Iranian human beings, we are ashamed for what has been perpetrated upon the Baha’is in the last century and a half in Iran.

We firmly believe that every Iranian, “without distinction of any kind, such as, race, color, sex, language, religion, politics or other opinions,” and also without regard to ethnic background,  “social origin, property, birth or other status,” is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  However, from the very inception of the Baha’i Faith, the followers of this religion in Iran have been deprived of many provisions of human rights solely on account of their religious convictions.

According to historical documents and evidence, from the commencement of the Babi Movement followed by the appearance of the Baha’i Faith, thousands of our countrymen have been slain by the sword of bigotry and superstition only for their religious beliefs.  Just in the first decades of its establishment, some twenty thousand of those who stood identified with this faith community were savagely killed throughout various regions of Iran.

We are ashamed that during that period, no voice of protest against these barbaric murders was registered;

We are ashamed that until today the voice of protest against this heinous crime has been infrequent and muted;

We are ashamed that in addition to the intense suppression of Baha’is during its formative decades, the last century also witnessed periodic episodes of persecution of this group of our countrymen, in which their homes and businesses were set on fire, and their lives, property and families were subjected to brutal persecution – but all the while, the intellectual community of Iran remained silent;

We are ashamed that during the last thirty years, the killing of Baha’is solely on the basis of their religious beliefs has gained legal status and over two-hundred Baha’is have been slain on this account;

We are ashamed that a group of intellectuals have justified coercion against the Baha’i community of Iran

We are ashamed of our silence that after many decades of service to Iran, Baha’i retired persons have been deprived of their right to a pension;

We are ashamed of our silence that on the account of their fidelity to their religion and truthfulness in stating this conviction, thousands of Baha’i youth have been barred from education in universities and other institutions of higher learning in Iran;

We are ashamed that because of their parents’ religious beliefs, Baha’i children are subjected to denigration in schools and in public.

We are ashamed of our silence over this painful reality that in our nation,  Baha’is are systematically oppressed and maligned, a number of them are incarcerated because of their religious convictions, their homes and places of business are attacked and destroyed, and periodically their burial places are desecrated;

We are ashamed of our silence when confronted with the long, dark and atrocious record that our laws and legal system have marginalized and deprived Baha’is of their rights, and the injustice and harassment of both official and unofficial organs of the government towards this group of our countrymen;

We are ashamed for all these transgressions and injustices, and we are ashamed for our silence over these deeds.

We, the undersigned, asked you, the Baha’is, to forgive us for the wrongs committed against the Baha’i community of Iran.

We will no longer be silent when injustice is visited upon you.

We stand by you in achieving all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights.

 

Let us join hands in replacing hatred and ignorance with love and tolerance.

 

  1. Aban, Vahid, Human Right Supporter- Sweden
  2. Abdolalian Morteza, Journalist, CJFE Board of Directors - Canada, Oakville
  3. Abghari Shahla, Professor, Life University – USA, Atlanta
  4. Abghari Siavash, Professor, University of Georgia – USA, Atlanta
  5. Aeine, Abtin, Poet, Sweden
  6. Afshar, Mahasti, Researcher and Nonprofit Executive, USA, Los Angeles
  7. Afshari, Maryam, Political and Human Right Activist, Sweden, Goteborg
  8. Afshin-Jam, Nazanin, Human Rights Activist, Singer/Songwriter, Actor,  Canada, Vancouver
  9. Aghnami, Reza, Writer and Literary Critic, England, London
  10. Ahmadi, Fereidoon, Political Analyst and Activist- Germany, Cologne
  11. Ahmadi Ramin, Professor, Yale University – USA, Yale
  12. Akbari, Mansour, Human Right Activist – Sweden, Stockholm
  13. Akhavan, Asal, Human Right Supporter - Australia
  14. Alavi, Reza, Writer and Political Researcher - USA
  15. Almasi Nasrin, Managing editor of Shahrvand- Canada, Toronto
  16. Amini, Bahman, Chief of “Khavaran” Publishing Company, France, Paris
  17. Amirgholi, Amir, Human Right and Women Right Activist, Iran, Tehran
  18. Amirhosseini, Bahman, Managing editor of  Iranian Magazine- USA, Virginia
  19. Amirsedghi, Nasrin, Director of Kult DIA and Writer, Germany, Mainz
  20. Amoozgar, Mojgan, Physician an Human Right Supporter, France, Paris
  21. Ansari, Siamak, Human Right Activist, Sweden, Goteborg
  22. Arian, Nima, Student and Human Right Supporter- Germany
  23. Asadi, Houshang, Writer and Journalist – France, Paris
  24. Assadi Savadkouhi, Hooshang, IT specialist and Human Right Supporter – Sweden, Stockholm
  25. Assman, Mohammad Javad, Poet and Translator- Iran, Isfahan
  26. Attar, Mahmood, Pharmacist and Human Right Supporter - Italy
  27. Avaei, Gil, Writer and Blogger, Netherlands
  28. Ayoubzadeh, Hassan, Writer and Lawyer, Netherlands, Arnhem
  29. Azad, Azadeh, Sociologist- Canada
  30. Azadian, Abbas, Psychotherapist and Human Right Supporter, Canada, Toronto
  31. Azarian, Mina, Film and Stage Actress- Sweden, Stockholm
  32. Azarkolah, Houman, Actor- France, Paris
  33. Azarli, Katayoun, Writer and Poet – Germany
  34. Bagheri- Goldschmied, Nahid, Poet and Journalist, Austrian, Vienna
  35. Bagherpour, Danesh, Political Analyst - Germany
  36. Bagherpour Khosro, Poet /Journalist – Germany
  37. Bakhshizadeh, Marziye, Human Right Activist, Germany
  38. Balouchi, Abdolghader, Writer – Canada, Vancouver
  39. Baradaran Monireh, Writer/Human rights activist – Germany
  40. Barati, Mehran, Researcher – Germany, Berlin
  41. Batebi, Ahmad, Human Right Activist, USA, Washington DC
  42. Behnia, Kamran, Physicist -France, Paris
  43. Beyzaie Niloofar, Play writer/Theatre Director – Germany, Frankfurt
  44. Bishetab Reza, Writer – France, Paris
  45. Borghei, Mohammad, Writer and University Lecturer- USA
  46. Boroumand Ladan, Researcher, Boroumand Foundation - USA, Washington
  47. Boroumand, Roya, Executive Director, Boroumand Foundation – USA, Washington
  48. Chehabi, Houchang- Esfandiar, Professor – USA, Boston
  49. Choubine Bahram, Researcher/Writer – Germany, Köln
  50. Daneshvar Hamid, Actor/Theatre Director – France, Paris
  51. Darvishpour Mehrdad, Professor, Stockholm University - Sweden, Stockholm
  52. Daryani, Hossein, Stage Actor – Germany, Berlin
  53. Dastmalchi, Parviz, Writer and Political Analyst – Germany, Berlin
  54. Davani, Hossein, Cinema Critic and Human Right Supporter – Germany, Cologne
  55. Dehzangi, Arash, Doctorat Student – Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
  56. Delneshin, Shahin, Political Critic and Blogger – Denmark, Copenhagen
  57. Djalali Chimeh Mohammad (M.sahar),  Poet - France, Paris
  58. Djanati Atai Behi, Actor/ Writer/Theatre Director – France, Paris
  59. Doai, Babak, Music Player and Teacher – Belgium
  60. Duschouki, Abdolsatar, Political Analyst and Activist – Great Britain
  61. Ebadi, Abdolatif, Poet, Translator and Journalist – Great Britain
  62. Ebrahimi Hadi, Editor-in-chief of Shahrgon, Canada, Vancouver
  63. Emami, Bahram – Human Right Activist, Sweden, Stockholm
  64. Esfandarmaz, Shirin, Human Right Activist – Belgium, Brussels
  65. Eskandari, Mohammad Reza, Social Worker and Human Right Supporter- Netherlands
  66. Fadai, Behrouz, Political Activist – Netherlands
  67. Fahimi, Nima, Owner of the “Efsha” Website and Human Right Supporter – England
  68. Fani Yazdi Reza, Political analyst - USA
  69. Farahani, Fereshteh, Human Right Activist - Netherlands
  70. Farhoudi Vida, Poet/Translator- France, Paris
  71. Farid, Siamak, Human Rights Activist – Belgium, Brussels
  72. Farshi, Ebrahim, Writer, Theatre pedagogue and Stage Actor – Germany, Cologne
  73. Fattah, Abbasali, Political Activist – Australia
  74. Ferdosian, Payam, Writer, Researcher and Human Right Activist – USA, Virginia
  75. Forouhar Parastoo, Artist/Human rights activist – Germany, Frankfurt
  76. Ghadiri, Khosro, Professor, Political Analyst and Journalist – USA, San Jose
  77. Ghaemi Hadi Coordinator Int. Campaign for HR in Iran – USA
  78. Ghahhari Keyvandokht, Historian and Journalist, Voice of Germany – Germany, Bon
  79. Ghahraman Saghi, Poet /Journalist – Canada, Toronto
  80. Ghahraman, Sasan, Publisher/Writer/Journalist – Canada, Toronto
  81. Ghassemi, Reza, Writer and Playwright – France, Paris
  82. Ghasemi-Impertro, Akhtar, Free Journalist and Photograph – Germany, Cologne
  83. Ghiaee, Abbas, “Aida” Book Trade- Germany
  84. Ghorashi, Reza, University Lecturer – USA, New Jersey
  85. Giahi, Fatemeh, Human Right Supporter – USA, Massachusetts
  86. Goharzad, Reza, Journalist - USA
  87. Golab-Dej, Hooshang, Writer and Poet – Sweden, Stockholm
  88. Golchin, Ali, Advocate and Lawyer – USA, San Diego
  89. Habibinia, Omid, Media Researcher and Journalist – Sweden
  90. Hakim, Mohammad Hossein, University Professor – USA, Amherst
  91. Halford, Zhara, Painter, Photograph and sculptor - France
  92. Hamidi, Hamid, Human Right Activist – Netherlands
  93. Hamidi, Nasrin, Human Right Activist - Netherlands
  94. Hamzeloee, Mahmoud, Actor and Film/Theatre Director – Norway
  95. Hajzadeh Fallah, Masoud, Engineer, Designer – Sweden
  96. Harandi, Farideh, Lawyer - USA
  97. Hashemizadeh, Iraj, Architect and Journalist – Austria, Gratz
  98. Hassibi, Mohammad, Political Activist – USA
  99. Hatami, Parviz, Human Right Activist – USA
  100. Hekmat, Bijan, Political Activist – France, Paris
  101. Heyrani, Aref, Contractor – USA, Burton
  102. Homayonpour, Shohreh, Teacher – USA, Washington
  103. Homayonpour, Kourosh, Student Activist – USA, Washington
  104. Honarmand, Manouchehr, Chief of  “Khandaniha” Website
  105. Hosseini, Mirali, Stage Actor, Journalist and Voice Actor – France, Paris
  106. Hosseinzadeh, Jafar, Political Activist - Belgium
  107. Houshmand, Zara, Writer – USA
  108. Irani, Sholeh, Editor of “Avay e Zan” Website – Sweden
  109. Jabbari, Reza, Researcher of Philosophy - Sweden, Goteborg
  110. Jaddeh, Mohsen, Journalist and Translator- Germany
  111. Jafari, Reza, Theatre Director – Germany
  112. Jafari, Sedighe, Human Right Activist- Germany, Hanover
  113. Javadi, Akram, “Aida” Book trade, Germany
  114. Javaheri Langaroudi, Hadi, Human Right Activist, Germany
  115. Javdan, Hamid Reza, Stage Actor and Theatre Director- France, Paris
  116. Javid Jahanshah, Publisher, Iranian [dot] com – Mexico, Chihuahua
  117. Jazani, Mihan, Writer and Political Activist- France, Paris
  118. Kakhsaz Naser, Political analyst – Germany, Bochum
  119. Kalbasi Sheema, Poet – USA, Washington
  120. Kamali, Shaghayegh, Singer and Music Teacher – Germany, Münster
  121. Karami, Nasser, Political Analyst - Germany
  122. Karimi Behzad, Political Activist – Netherlands
  123. Kassraei  Farhang, Writer/Actor – Germany, Wiesbaden
  124. Kaviany, Massoud, Professor – USA, Michigan
  125. Kavir, Mahmood, Poet, Writer and Researcher – Great Britain
  126. Kazemi, Monireh, Women Right Activist – Germany
  127. Keshavarz, Mehran, Ex-Political Prisoner and Human Right Supporter - Norway
  128. Khayam, Zohreh, Human Right and Women Activist - USA
  129. Khoi, Esmail, Poet and Writer – Great Britain, London
  130. Khojinian, Hadi, Poet and Writer – Great Britain
  131. Khorami, Tahere, Human and Social Activist - Netherlands
  132. Khorsandi Hadi, Satirist – Great Britain, London
  133. Khosrozadeh, Behrouz, Political Researcher and Journalist – Germany, Göttingen
  134. Kiarostami, Kia, Film Producer – Germany, Berlin
  135. Koohgilani, Parvin, Journalist of “Shahrvand” – USA, Texas
  136. Kosari, Hamid, Manager of “Novin technology Institute” – USA, Los Angles
  137. Laghaeian, Shahriar, Physician and Human Right Supporter – USA, Seattle
  138. Lalejini, Ali, Translator and Human Right Supporter – Sweden
  139. Lavaei, Mehrdad, Human Right Activist – Netherlands
  140. Madadi, Shabnam, Physician and Human Right Supporter - Germany
  141. Madjlessi, Darius, Political Activist – Netherlands
  142. Mahboobi, Ali, Member of the Germany Green Party – Germany, Berlin
  143. Mahdjoubi, Ali, Member of  the Green Party Fraction in Germany’s Parliament –

  Berlin

  1. Maghssudnia, Manouchehr, Political Activist – Germany, Berlin
  2. Mahbaz Efat, Women rights activist /Journalist– England, London
  3. Mahim, Amir, Poet and Journalist – Canada, Toronto
  4. Malakooty Sirus, Classical Guitar Player/ Composer/ Lecturer - England, London
  5. Massoudi, Banafsheh, Researcher – France, Paris
  6. Massoumi, Bahram, Writer and Political Activist – Germany
  7. Masoumian, Nima, Teacher – Spain
  8. Mehr, Bijan, Political Activist – USA Boston
  9. Mirfakhrai, Mehran, Architect and Human Right Supporter - Italy
  10. Miremadi, Bijan, Specialist of Atomic Physics and Professor – Canada, Vancouver
  11. Mir Mobini, Hossein, Editor-in-Chief of “Peyke Khabari Iranian” – USA
  12.  Mirsattari, Anwar, Chief of The Euro Press Federation for Human Rights – Belgium
  13. Misaghi, Mano, Social Analyst – Canada, Toronto
  14. Moghaddas, Mehran, Playwright and Theatre Director – Denmark, Copenhagen
  15. Mohammadi, Majid, Professor, Writer and Researcher – USA, New York
  16. Moheb, Robab, Writer and Poet – Sweden
  17. Mohtasham, Yashar, Human Right Activist – France, Paris
  18. Mokhtari, Sohrab, Writer – Berlin, Germany
  19. Moshkin Ghalam Shahrokh, Actor/Dancer – France, Paris
  20. Mossaed Jila, Poet/Writer - Sweden, Göteborg.
  21. Mossallanejad Ezat, Writer/Human right Activist, CCVT – Canada, Toronto
  22. Naghibzadeh, Fathiyeh, Political Activist – Germany, Berlin
  23. Nakhai, Shahbaz, Journalist – Canada
  24. Nazarian, Arsen, Translator and Critic - Netherlands
  25. Nejad, Mohsen, Political and Human Right Activist – USA, North California
  26. Niroumand, Bahman, Writer and Journalist – Germany, Berlin
  27. Noghrekar, Masoud, Writer and Researcher – USA, Florida
  28. Nourmanesh, Shirindokht, Writer and Women Right Activist – USA
  29. Nowzari, Hamid, Political Activist – Germany, Berlin
  30. Omidmehr, Ali Akbar, University Lecturer and Researcher - Denmark
  31. Omidmehr, Ashraf Sadat, Teacher and Human Right Activist - Denmark
  32. Omidmehr, Mahzad, University Lecturer and Researcher- Denmark
  33. Omidmehr, Mehraz, University Lecturer, Denmark
  34. Ostovar, Yavar, Poet- Sweden
  35. Pak, Anne-Asieh, Feminist and Women Right Activist- France
  36. Paki, Morteza, Human Rights Activist – Netherlands
  37.  Pournaghavi, Ali, Political Activist - Netherlands
  38. Parham, Babak, Poet, USA
  39. Parsa, Kourosh, Human Right Supporter- USA
  40. Parsa Soheil, Theatre Director – Canada, Toronto
  41. Payandeh, Mehrdad, Head of Division, Economic Policy, Germany Labor

  Union- Hanover

  1. Pegahi, Mahshid, Women Right Activist - Germany
  2. Pourmandi, Ahmad, Political Activist - Germany, Munich
  3. Rafiee, Keyvan, Human Right Activist
  4. Rahbari, Alexander, Music Lecturer and Composer – Austrian, Vienna
  5. Rahimi, Khosro, Program Maker of Radio Sepehr  - Sweden, Götteborg
  6. Rahnamai, M.J., Music Researcher and Poet - Netherlands
  7. Ramezani, Rahim, Political Activist – Turkey, Van
  8. Ranjbar, Kazem, Doctor of Sociological Politics –France, Paris
  9. Rashedan, Nima, Researcher and Political Analyst – Switzerland
  10. Rashidi, Asad, Poet and Doctor of International Rights - Germany
  11. Rastegar, Iraj, Human Right Supporter – USA, Dallas
  12. Rasti, Mahshid, Women and Human Right Activist – Sweden, Stockholm
  13. Razavi, Rasoul, Human Right Supporter – Germany, Bonn
  14. Saadati, Mansour, Chemical Engineer and Human Right Supporter –Canada
  15. Sabety, Setareh, Writer and Teacher- France, Nice
  16. Sadr, Hamid, Writer – Germany
  17. Safai, Y, Poet and Political Activist – Germany, Köln
  18. Saghi, M., Poet and Journalist – Germany, Düsseldorf
  19. Sahimi, Muhammad  Professor, University of Southern California – USA
  20. Sakhayi, Manouchehr, Singer and Journalist - Germany
  21. Salary, Babak, photograph – Canada
  22. Samadpouri, Ali, Political Activist and Journalist - Belgium
  23. Samadany, Faramarz, Chemistry Engineer and Human Right Supporter - USA
  24. Saminejad, Mojtaba, Jourmalist and Human Right Activist - Iran
  25. Sarhaddi, Arash, Theatre Actor and Director _ Germany, Berlin
  26. Sarshar, Homa, Writer and Journalist – USA, Los Angeles
  27. Sedghi, Majid, Journalist – France Paris
  28. Sehati, Parisa, Women Right Activist - Sweden
  29. Seihoun, Farideh, Professor - USA
  30. Servati, Mojgan, Sociologist, Writer and Researcher- Germany
  31. Setoodeh, Behrouz, Political Analyst – USA
  32. Shabafrooz, Masood, Human Right Activist  - USA, California
  33. Shafaei, Manuchehr, Human Right Activist – Germany
  34. Shafie, Minoo, Human Right Activist - Denmark
  35. Shafigh Shahla, (Chahla Chafiq)Writer/Researcher – France, Paris
  36. Shamshiri, Faroborz, Human Right Activist - Canada
  37. Shemiranie  Khosro,  Journalist - Canada, Montreal
  38. Sheyda Behrooz, Literary Critic/Theorist- Sweden, Stockholm
  39. Shirazi, Jahangir, Social Activist and Managing editor of  “Gender and Society” - 

  Netherlands

  1. Simai, Behrouz, Poet and Writer – USA
  2. Sina, Bijan, Physician - Germany
  3. Sobhani, Sohrab, International Affairs Consultant – USA
  4. Sohi, Siamak, Human Right Activist - Denmark
  5. Soltani, Anwar, Researcher – Great Britain
  6. Taghipoor Masoomeh, Actor/Theatre Director - Sweden, Götteborg
  7. Tahavori Mohammad, Journalist, USA, MA Cambridge
  8. Tavackoli, Shahin, Physician and Human Right Supporter, USA, Houston
  9. Torabi, Mohammad, Researcher in Communications Sciences – USA, Dana point 
  10. Vahdat, Kamran, Professor – USA, Amherst
  11. Vahdati Soheila, Human Rights Activist – USA, California
  12. Yadegari, Shahrokh, Composer/ Sound Designer and University Lecturer – USA
  13. Yousefi, Nasser, Theatre Director , Producer and Moderator of Radio “Hambastegi”-

  Sweden, Stockholm

  1. Youssefi, Hadi, Human Right Activist – Denmark
  2. Zahed, Sadreddin, Theatre Actor and Director – France, Paris
  3. Zahedi Mitra, Theatre Director – Germany, Berlin
  4. Zandian, Mandana, Physician, Poet and Writer - USA
  5. Zarasvand, Hossein, Poet – Canada, Toronto
  6. Zeinali, Lohrasb, Political Activist - Germany
  7. Zerehi Hassan, Editor-in-chief of Shahrvand, Canada, Toronto

 

 

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