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[Adopted from website:] Baha’i World News Service

[Date:] 17 Khordad 1386 (7 June 2007)

 

Attacks on Iranian Baha’is, from the elderly to primary school children, continue unabated

New York, 7 June 2007

Baha’i International Community News Service

Reports and documents received from Iran in the last six months show the extensive and calculated efforts of the government of the Islamic Republic to continue and gradually intensify the persecution of the Baha’is of Iran.

Evidence gathered indicates the Iranian government’s efforts to monitor and identify Baha’is, and other cases of ill treatment and discrimination against Baha’i students at all levels, increased measures to deprive Baha’is of their livelihoods, and persistent attacks on the Baha’i Faith are reported in the official media.

Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations, said, “This set of currents is extremely terrifying in nature and has caused great concern to Baha’is around the world.”

Ms. Dugal said, “It is believed that the recent events, instigated by the Ministry of Intelligence and in most cases calculated by this ministry, are intended to intimidate the Baha’is, make them materially vulnerable and create in them a sense of job and social insecurity.”

“Their intention is clearly to separate the Iranian Baha’is from their compatriots by creating suspicion and mistrust, and even by sowing the seeds of hatred and resentment in the hearts of their compatriots in order to continue to prevent the social, economic and cultural progress of this innocent religious minority, and for their social life to be shaken.”