[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]

 

[Adopted from website:] Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA)

[Date:] 8 Khordad 1385 [29 May 2006]

 

Statement by the Political Prisoners in Rajaei-Shahr Prison in Support of Baha’i Compatriots

Human Rights Activists in Iran

In the Name of the Creator of Freedom

The news of the arrest of 52 Baha’i compatriots in Shiraz is heartbreaking for any noble listener. The news of the repression and persecution of minorities in Iran under the control of the clergy is nothing new. But the problem of the Baha’is becomes even more complicated when the Baha’i minority has never been officially recognised as a minority [religion] in the Islamic Republic, and from the beginning of the Revolution until today, being a Baha’i, alone, is considered a crime.

This issue requires the continuous efforts of human rights activists to defend the rights of minorities in order to recognise the Baha’is in the list of the existing minorities in Iran and spare no effort.

We, the political prisoners of Rajaei-Shahr Prison in Karaj, while condemning this inhumane act, call on the freedom-killing government of mullahs to recognize the Bahaism as a religious minority and to respect their rights alongside other existing religious minorities.

Unity, Struggle, Victory

Political Prisoners of Rajaei-Shahr Prison (Gohardasht), Karaj

Human Rights Activists in Iran