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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] Iranian National News Agency

[Date:] 24 Shahrivar 1392 [15 September 2013]

 

In a Letter to [President] Rouhani, Nasrin Sotoudeh Demanded All the Rights of the Religious Minorities and Baha’is

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a human rights lawyer and political prisoner, in a letter to Rouhani, called the killing of an Iranian Baha’i in Bandar Abbas a “reminder of the serial killings” and asked Rouhani to answer, “What is the punishment awaiting the killer of this Baha’i compatriot if he is identified?”

After the question, she said, “You know the bitter answer to this question better than I do.”

According to the Iranian National News Agency, quoting Jaras, this member of the Defenders of Human Rights Center wrote in another part of her letter to Rouhani, “Regardless of the fact that no peace-loving Iranian seeks revenge or to fan the flames of collective anger, it is, of course, a public demand to establish legal action, change political discourse, and recognize the rights of religious minorities.”

The full text of this letter is as follows:

Honourable President, Mr. Rouhani

The abduction of one of our Baha’i compatriots at the beginning of your presidency is reminiscent of serial killings, and we expect you to blind the eye of the sedition before such atrocities continue.

The late Ataollah Rezvani and his esteemed family are familiar to many of us because of their suffering and severe anguish. I have been imprisoned with his sister and have had the honour of representing his relatives―a family that has no concern other than serving the community. A large number of these families have endured long-term imprisonment or are serving prison sentences.

While calling for an end to the atrocities committed against our Baha’i compatriots and condemning the statements that authorize such violent behaviour, we urge you to treat non-Muslims with good morals, fairness and Islamic justice, and to observe their human rights, in accordance with Article 14 of the Constitution, which binds the Islamic Republic and Muslims. Take the necessary action to fulfil all the civil rights of our religious minorities and our Baha’i compatriots.

I have a question for you as the senior political official of the country: If the killer of this compatriot is identified, what punishment awaits him?

You know the bitter answer to this question better than I do.

Regardless of the fact that no peaceful Iranian seeks to incite resentment and fan the flames of collective anger, it is, of course, a public demand to establish legal action, change political discourse, and recognize the rights of religious minorities.

Nasrin Sotoudeh

Lawyer and political prisoner

Evin, - Shahrivar 1392 [August/September 2013]