[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]
[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]
[Personal information has been redacted.]
10 Mehr 1361 [2 October 1982]
To the esteemed Minister of Health, Dr. Monafi, may God increase your blessings,
With the most sincere expressions of heartfelt greetings, as you are aware, following the request dated 8 Bahman 1359 [28 January 1981] sent from Khash, in which I had asked the Head of the Department of Health in that region to work as a doctor, once again on 1 Farvardin 1360 [21 March 1981] I sent a request regarding that same matter, after discussing it with the Director General of the Sistan and Balouchestan Province, to all of the authorities for the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, whether local or part of the three branches of the government. These included the letters sent to you and to the Leader. After inquiries and communications and extended follow-ups in order to resolve the difficulties, we met with you on 7 Bahman 1360 [27 January 1982] at which time we explained to you, as we did to all of the other government authorities, the rights that my spouse and I have been deprived of and we requested your urgent investigation and response.
Following these actions, on 16 Khordad 1361 [6 June 1982] we mentioned that taking away the right to work as a physician and deprivation from education are contrary to the ordinances of the sacred religion of Islam and the principles of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Finally, with follow-up from the Iranian Medical Council and the cooperation of the Supreme Judicial Council, letter number 1/11705, dated 29 Khordad 1361 [19 June 1982] (attachment 1), was issued by Ayatollah Mousavi-Ardabili, which granted [us] permission to work as self-employed doctors, conditional upon following the rule of law in the country. The issuance of this just order by the esteemed judicial authorities regarding a Baha’i individual was a ray of hope, which not only made me very happy, but it will also conduce to God’s pleasure and produce a plentiful reward. Therefore, based on duty and with gratitude toward the judicial authorities and the Iranian Medical Council, on 8 Tir 1361 [29 June 1982], in a letter (attachment 2), I expressed my thoughts about the actions of the Ministry of Health and a copy of that was sent to you along with letter number 1/3893, dated 26 Tir 1361 [17 July 1982], from the Iranian Medical Council (attachment 3). This led to the issuance of order number 2627, dated 14 Mordad 1361 [5 August 1982] (attachment 4) by you. As a result, both of us, based on our conscience and faith, on 19 Mordad 1361 [10 August 1982] immediately announced our readiness to serve in any part of Iran in response to announcement number 5/7739, dated 30 Mordad 1361[21 August 1982] (attachment 5). In relation to this announcement, the head of the Department of Rural Healthcare asked the esteemed parliamentary deputy of the Ministry of Health for guidance on how to carry it out, and he said, “Wait until you receive a written response from the Guidance Council.”
In addition, I wish to express two points in order to complete the order number 2627, dated 14 Mordad 1361 [5 August 1982] (attachment 4) issued by Your Honour regarding our engagement in serving as doctors until the commitment to work for daily wages is carried out.
- What is the status of the marriage of my spouse based on Baha’i principles, as per items 1 and 7 of the legal interpretation that passed during the meetings of the Islamic Consultative Assembly on 30 Dey 1360 [20 January 1982] and 24 Farvardin 1361[13 April 1982], and which have been approved by the Guardian Council, regarding the Law of Human Resources in Healthcare Services, passed on 24 Azar 1358 [15 December 1979], and also the law regarding [rural service] by doctors, dentists, and pharmacists, passed on 4 Khordad 1360 [25 May 1981] (attachment 6)?
Of course, her marital status has been approved verbally by the esteemed head of Healthcare for the village and the esteemed parliamentary deputy of the Ministry of Health so that we could start our services in the same locality as daily wage-earners. Obviously, denying the reality of our marriage is not realistic or logical. Therefore, we expect that you will also address this point, which has not yet been attended to, and issue a clear order.
- Although, after your orders [were issued], we announced our readiness, based on our conscience, to serve the beloved people of Iran, it would have been more appropriate and fair that the esteemed government authorities and Your Honour would issue an order and prevent nearly one year of bewilderment and waste of time after I finished my military service and also for me and my spouse after graduating from medical college, and tried to make up for and vindicate our rights, which were trampled on owing to lacking a plan and waste of time owing to being prevented from carrying out our service commitment.
In view of the above points, we inform you that, during the meeting on 7 Bahman 1360 [27 January 1982], along with presenting our problems, we requested that this matter be asked about, if necessary, from the Office of the Imam. However, it was not accepted. And in letter number 1797, dated 27 Khordad 1361 [17 June 1982] (attachment 7) from the director general of the Legal Office through the esteemed parliamentary deputy, a request for ruling was made to the great leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Imam Khomeini, which once again was not approved by His Honour. That led to ruling number 2627, dated 14 Mordad 1361 [5 August 1982] (attachment 4), which consequently was stopped and conditioned upon written orders from the Guardian Council. After the passage of nearly two months from that ruling, we have not obtained any response to solve our problem, and in the meeting you had on Sunday, 28 Shahrivar 1361 [19 September 1982] with the esteemed members of the Guardian Council no agreement was reached. Therefore, we once again request that the following issue be submitted to His Honour Ayatollah Imam Khomeini, the esteemed leader of the Revolution, asking the following:
- May I and my spouse, as Baha’i doctors, in view of the undertaking we have made to the Ministry of Health, be engaged in carrying out this commitment to the government based on daily wages, or in another manner? If this is not possible, with attention to my letter dated 8 Tir 1361 [29 June 1982] (attachment 2), can this undertaking be cancelled and the possibility of engaging self-employed in our work be permitted to us?
- Is my wife, as a married doctor whose marriage is based on the principles of this Faith, exempted from serving the Ministry of Health as are other married female doctors, or not (as per items 1 and 7 of the legal interpretation that passed during the meetings of the Islamic Council on 30 Dey 1360 [20 January 1982] and 24 Farvardin 1361 [13 April 1982], and which have been approved by the Guardian Council, regarding the Law of Human Resources in Healthcare Services, passed on 24 Azar 1358 [15 December 1979], and also the law regarding [rural service] by doctors and dentists and pharmacists, passed on 4 Khordad 1360 [25 May 1981] - attachment 6)? If attention cannot be paid to the reality of this marriage that would void the one-year undertaking to the Ministry of Health, we ask that an order or policy be issued, in order to avoid potential problems, so that a married Baha’i couple would be able to serve as physicians in the same locality because of their marital status.
In closing, given the undeniable need for Iranian doctors, affirmed in the talk of Tuesday 2 Shahrivar 1361 [24 August 1982], which Your Honour gave to meeting number 349 of the Islamic Revolutionary Council, and the need for responding to patients as soon as possible on the part of the executive authorities of the country based on Memorandum number 125364, dated 15 Bahman 1360 [4 February 1982] for the prime minister (attachment 8) emphasizing the need to enforce Memorandum number 14130, dated 2 Ordibehesht 1360 [22 April 1981] (attachment 9) by Shahid Rejaie, we hope that you will make the inquiry about a ruling from Imam Khomeini regarding these two items, as soon as possible.
I hope that you will succeed in achieving the sacred goals of Islamic fairness and justice.
With expressions of respect
Sholeh Misaghi Dehagahni (Hakiman)
Copy for information and action to the Guardian Council
- Letter number 1/11705, dated 29 Khordad 1361, from the Supreme Judicial Council to the Order of Physicians of Iran.
- My letter dated 8 Tir 1361 to the Order of Physicians of Iran.
- Letter number 1/3893, dated 26 Tir 1361, from the Order of Physicians to the Ministry of Health.
- Letter number 2627, dated 14 Mordad 1361, from the Ministry of Health to the Order of Physicians of Iran.
- Letter number 5/7739, dated 30 Mordad 1361, from the Head of the Department of Rural Healthcare to the parliamentary deputy of the Ministry of Health.
- Legal interpretation of the Islamic Council (Majlis) regarding physicians responsible for the laws of 24 Azar 1358 of the Revolutionary Council and 4 Khordad 1360 of the Islamic Council of Iran.
- Letter number 1797, dated 27 Khordad 1361, from the Legal Office to the parliamentary deputy of the Ministry of Health.
- Memorandum number 125364, dated 15 Bahman 1360, from the prime minister, emphasizing Memorandum number 14130, dated 2 Ordibehesht 1360, by Shahid Rejaie.
Note: It was deemed unnecessary to attach the letters dated 8 Bahman 1359, 1 Farvardin 1360, 7 Bahman 1360, and 16 Khordad 1361 written by me, and the talk given by Your Honour during meeting number 349 on 1 Ordibehesht 1361.