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[Emblem:] Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Kermanshah

Number: 539

Enclosure: -----

Date: 19 Honour 135 B, coinciding with 28 Dey 2537 [1356] [18 January 1978]

 

Major General Manouchehr Fawzi, Commander of Armoured Division 81

The following is respectfully submitted:

At this critical time, when the holy country of Iran is exposed to various dangers and unrest, the Baha’i community of Iran in various cities and villages has been facing dangers such as murder, looting, destruction and burning of places and houses; unfortunately, in the western regions, such as Gilan-e Gharb, Sarpol-e Zahab, and Shahabad-e-Gharb [Eslamabad-e Gharb], some Baha’i homes and properties have been set on fire, especially in Shahabad-e-Gharb, where a number of Baha’i families have been forced to flee their homes in fear for their lives. Also in Kermanshah, many Baha’is have received repeated telephone calls with threats of death, looting and arson. They [lawbreakers] are intending to loot the homes again in Shahabad and Kerend.

The Baha’i community has suffered a history of persecution, murder, looting, and slander in this sacred land for 35 years, and has not been allowed to defend itself against such atrocities; its only hope is to be treated with justice and fairness by the holders of power, authorities and rulers, and plead for justice to a just government. Baha’is have no goal other than the good of human beings, and friendship and love between them. They always obey and observe the laws of the country, and do not interfere in politics.

The Baha’i community of Kermanshah humbly calls on the commander-in-chief, who is in charge of protecting the region, to issue appropriate orders to the officials under his command, the gendarmerie, and police, to prevent further incidents.

Our prayers and good wishes, which are only for true happiness for human beings, are with you in your endeavours.

Thanking you in advance for your kind attention.

On behalf of the Baha’i community of Kermanshah

Dr. Abbas Kouhbor - Abbas Hormozi

Copy to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Iran

Seeking [divine] confirmations - Secretary, Abbas Hormozi [signature]