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

 

[Adapted from website:] HRANA - Human Rights Activists News Agency

[Date:] 22 Esfand 1392 [13 March 2014]

 

Do Not Remain Silent in the Face of Violence, Discrimination and Harassment Against Baha’is: Collective Statement

HRANA News Agency – A group of human rights, political, social and civil activists, writers and journalists wrote to the head of the judiciary, “As you are aware, in recent months, our Baha’i compatriots have experienced additional pressure in the form of murder and assassination attempts. These incidents occur at a time when, under domestic law and international law, not only member states but all citizens are obliged to respect the fundamental human rights of religion, ethnicity and language of the minorities.”

You can read the full text of this letter provided to HRANA News Agency below:

A group of human rights, political, social and civil activists, writers and journalists wrote to the head of the judiciary:

Do not remain silent in the face of violence, discrimination and harassment against Baha’is…

Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani

Honourable Head of the Judiciary

Respectfully, we, a group of human rights, political, social and civil activists, writers and journalists, while avoiding issues that somehow confuse public opinion and cause tension in the collective discourse―only out of a sense of duty and in order to preserve human dignity―seek to inform the judiciary of a few points regarding the recent unfortunate actions against the country’s religious minorities.

As you know, in recent months, our Baha’i compatriots have experienced additional pressure in the form of murder and assassination attempts. These incidents occur at a time when, under domestic law and international law, not only member states but all citizens are obliged to respect the fundamental human rights of religion, ethnicity and language of the minorities. The killing of a Baha’i citizen in Bandar Abbas and the assaults on other families in Birjand, and similar cases, are a reflection of the various forms of discrimination and harassment that have long been perpetrated against Baha’is. These compatriots are now either forced to take refuge in other countries to save the lives and safety of their children, or to spend their days in great anxiety; therefore, in connection with the recent incidents, we express our regret and protest against what causes the further disintegration of the members of the society and the isolation of a percentage of Iranians, actions that deprive us of the pride of peaceful coexistence with all citizens.

We, the signatories of this letter, due to altruism and a sense of responsibility towards the legal duty of “invitation to good” in respecting basic human rights, call for the development of a legal and judicial approach based on the principles of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran (principles eight and fourteen). This is an approach in which we owe it to non-Muslims to practice good morals and Islamic justice, and while expressing the strong impact of such acts, we call for the elimination of violence, which, like other narrow-mindedness, may spread and affect other compatriots. Also, considering that we live in a country that claims to be Islamic and should put the protection of human dignity at the forefront of its work and philosophy of existence, we demand at least consideration of the destructive impact of such catastrophes on social relations, against these inhumane behaviours, and that you not remain silent, and that you deal properly and according to the law with the perpetrators and their commanders.

Signatories:

- Mohammad Maleki - Human rights activist and the first president of the University of Tehran after the revolution

- Nasrin Sotoudeh - Human rights activist and lawyer

- Heshmatollah Tabarzadi - Secretary General of the Democratic Front of Iran

- Mohammad Nourizad - Journalist, director and political activist

- Narges Mohammadi - Vice president of the Defenders of Human Rights Association

- Babak Ahmadi - Writer, researcher, translator and art critic

- Alireza Jabbari - Writer, poet, translator and member of the Iranian Writers’ Association

- Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi Tehrani - Free thinker clergyman

- Mehdi Mahmoudian - Journalist, human rights activist and political prisoner

- Majid Dari - Student activist and political prisoner

- Masoumeh Dehghan (Soltani) - Human rights activist

- Amin Ahmadian - Political activist and member of the Central Council of Advar-e Tahkim Organization

- Gohar Shemirani - Women’s rights activist

- Mahdieh Geller - Student activist and former political prisoner

- Esmail Abdi - Secretary of the Teachers Union of Iran

- Saba Sherdoust - Journalist and political activist

- Atefeh Nabavi - Student activist and former political prisoner

- Vahid La’alipour - Social activist and former political prisoner

- Milad Panahipour - Journalist and civil activist

- Babak Ghiasi - Secretary of the Human Rights Committee of the Bar Association and a political activist

- Amir Kalhor - Journalist and political activist

- Jila Karam Zadeh Makondi - Civil activist, poet and former political prisoner

- Hanieh Farshi - Social activist and former political prisoner

- Jamal Ameli - Left-wing activist and former political prisoner

- Seyyed Ali Reza Nabavi - Civil activist and former political prisoner

- Morteza Esmailpour - Civil activist

- Ashkan Mosibia - Civil activist

- Sara Khorman Biz - Civil activist

- Maryam Sadat Yahyawi - Civil activist

- Ali Golmohammadi - Civil activist

- Ramak Heydari - Civil activist

- Bian Mohammadi - Civil activist

- Peyman Ahmadi - Civil activist

- Hiva Fuladi - Civil activist

- Sasan Radfar - Human rights activist

- Mehdi Farshi - Human rights activist

- Azar Taherabadi - Human rights activist

- Nima Hosseini - Women’s rights activist

- Kaveh Rezaei - Women’s rights activist

- Mohammad Karimi - Political activist

- Seyyed Reza Hosseini - Political activist

- Fereydoun Rostamian - Political activist

- Ehsan Asad - Political activist

- Shahed Alavi - Political activist

- Younes Rostami - Political activist

- Parisa Farshchi - Student activist

- Mehdi Hamidi Shafiq - Student activist

- Atiyeh Hasanli - Student activist

- Amir Chamani - Student activist

- Hamid Bidar - Student activist

- Lida Rahmani - Student activist

- Ali Moslehi - Journalist

- Mohammad-Reza Ebrahimi - Social activist

- Mohammad Hajipour - Social activist

- Mohsen Azizi - Social activist

- Mohammad Karimi - Social activist

- Masoud Chenasi - Social activist

- Ghazal Shetabi - Social activist

- Farzaneh Jalali - Social activist

- Sheragim Zand - Social activist

- Ali Shamayeli - Social activist

- Azar Taherabadi - Social activist

- Abtin Pegah - Social activist

- Iman Yari - Social activist

- Najibeh Asadpour - Social activist

- Ezzatollah Torbati - Social activist

- Mokhtar Zarei - Social activist

- Parisa Karimi - Social activist

- Kiumars Vaezi - Social activist

- Jabbar Haji Moradi - Social activist

- Masoud Vafabakhsh - Social activist

- Mohammad Reza Niknejad - Social activist and Educator

- Gholamreza Vakili - Social activist and Educator

- Mehdi Bohlouli - Social activist and Educator

- Abbas Jamali - Social activist and lawyer