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7 Farvardin 1358 [27 March 1979]

Urgent telegram


Mr. Bazargan, Prime Minister

Copy: Mr. Sadr, Minister of Interior

With utmost respect, we wish to present our most sincere Now-Ruz greetings in this springtime of freedom, and draw your attention to the distressing and alarming situation of the Baha’is, which has caused major worry and grave concern.

Members of the Baha’i community have been in this country for 135 years. They testify to the truth of the sacred religion of Islam and believe in the rightful mission of His Holiness [Mohammad PBUH] and His prophethood, and cling to the holy hem of the pure traditions [Imams]. They praise and cherish the blessed soil of Iran and have done all in their powers to elevate the station of their beloved homeland all over the world. They have passed the test of obedience to laws and regulations, and refrain from involvement in politics. They avoid any affiliation, directly or indirectly, with any foreign, anti-national or hostile policies, and have turned the attention of the Baha’is of the world, who currently live in all countries of the globe, in praise and glory to Iran.

In return, during that entire period, they have been deprived of their civil rights and freedoms for the most part, and their lives and possessions have been subject to every type of violation, in most cases. At this time, in the reign of a government that prides itself in the exalted name of Islam and the implementation of the Sharia laws, in addition to the previous atrocities and dangers, [the members of this community] have been subjected to new, blatant [accusations], namely political affiliation with foreign governments and involvement in espionage. This began circulating some time ago in newspapers and various publications, without a shred of evidence, [instigated] by certain people, causing heightened agitation and opposing sentiments toward this obedient and faithful community, which has led to numerous tragedies in all regions and corners of this country.

Given that there has been no opportunity for legal defence available to the Baha’is in order to refute these attacks, and given that this oppressed group has had no recourse but to rely on the law of the land, and since they have all refrained from taking action and have practiced strict obedience towards the authorities, we therefore wish to ask you to take appropriate measures to remedy their concern and restore safe conditions for their continued existence in their treasured homeland, so that under the shadow of the government, whose esteemed prime minister is a member of the human rights community and is a supporter of freedom of conscience, expression, and religion, and who has social integrity and comprehensive unity as his priority, a great number of Iranian Baha’is may not be harmed and desecrated, and that they will cease to be under constant threat of mob attacks, instigated by continuous provocations, and subject to the increase of terrifying conspiracies in the three thousand cities, towns and villages where they reside.

No doubt, a legal review and thorough investigation will clear them of all these types of tyrannical accusations and enable this community to play its part in this period of development of various national services, and to carry out its conscious duties and patriotic obligations.

With respect,

On behalf of the Baha’i community

Dr. Hosein Naji

Manouher Ghaem-Maghami