[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]

 

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

[Date:] 4 Azar 1387 [24 November 2008]

 

The Artwork of a Baha’i Victim of Human Rights Violations

Human Rights Activists in Iran: One of the Baha’i artists in Shiraz (with preserved identity) made a replica of the residential house of His Holiness the Bab (one of the holy figures of the Baha’i Faith, whose residential place was a historic building and a holy place for the Baha’is, and was destroyed after the revolution). This artistic masterpiece, which was a simulation of the above-mentioned place on a scale of 1 to 10 metres, using wood, stone, brick, etc., took him five years to complete.

In Shahrivar 1386 [September 2007], the Shiraz Intelligence Office searched his home and confiscated his personal computer, satellite receiver, family photo album, and a large number of CDs, in addition to the replica (which was kept in the basement of his home).

The artist immediately filed a complaint against this action and for more than a year, he repeatedly went to the court and the press office of Fars Province in order to get back his personal belongings and his artistic work, as his right. In the end, he was told that his artwork would not be returned to him in any way because it is related to his beliefs and the Baha’i Faith.

The above events have taken place at a time when it is quite obvious and accepted everywhere in the world that every artist creates a work of art mainly in the field of his interests and beliefs, but unfortunately even the art and talent of such individuals are overshadowed only by their personal and religious beliefs, and not only are they not allowed to present their art to other art lovers, but its creation is considered a criminal act and [the artist] deserves to be punished and prosecuted.