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[Adapted from website:] Gooya News
[Date:] 31 Ordibehesht 1395 [20 April 2016]
We Condemn the New Wave of Anti-Baha’ism
With the five-day leave of our Baha’i compatriot, Mrs. Fariba Kamalabadi, and the meeting of civil activists with her, the authoritarian rule of the Islamic Republic in Iran has begun a new wave of its anti-Baha’i campaign. Fariba Kamalabadi and six other Baha’i community leaders were arrested eight years ago and have been in prison ever since.
Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reads, “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”
But in the Islamic Republic’s regime, which is based on discrimination, human beings are divided into groups of citizens, with different rights and freedoms depending on which group they belong to, and in some cases, like that of the Baha’is, they are deprived of all the rights and freedoms contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The meeting of a Muslim with a Baha’i prisoner who had been on leave for a few days has given the Islamic Republic an excuse to spark a new wave of religious hatred and pressure on its Baha’i compatriots.
Baha’is who have been subjected to constant imprisonment, torture, and execution since the establishment of the Islamic State in Iran, and who have been deprived of even the most basic citizenship rights, even the right to study in Iranian universities, are now subject to fatwas [decrees] issued by some marja’-i-taqlid [religious jurisprudence authorities], judicial and political officials of the Islamic Republic, as a result of baseless accusations, such as blasphemy and espionage. Under the current security environment, these accusations could endanger the lives of our compatriots.
We, the Iranian human rights organizations, while condemning the new wave of anti-Baha’ism in the Islamic Republic, call on all humanitarian and human rights activists and organizations around the world to defend the civil rights of Baha’is and followers of other religions and denominations in Iran, and call on the Islamic Republic for the immediate and unconditional release of the political and ideological prisoners.
Solidarity Network for Human Rights in Iran – 20 May 2016