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Intercity Telegram

9 Aban 1358 [31 October 1979]

 

Dr. Yazdi, the esteemed minister of foreign affairs,

We respectfully bring to your attention that in Kayhan and Ettelaat newspapers, dated Tuesday 8 Aban 1358 [30 October 1979], the Iranian embassy’s charge d'affaires in London declared the Baha’is to be among groups against the government, despite the fact that the followers of this community, whose religious beliefs include non-interference in politics and obedience to the government, are certainly clear of such cruel accusations, and they have consistently shown their obedience to the government in both word and deed. They have, in several letters and telegrams, pointed out these undisputable facts to the esteemed authorities of the country. Despite doing so, however, they have been and continue to be subjected to constant slanders of all sorts. In the face of the flood of these accusations, the Baha’i community appeals to the esteemed government authorities for justice. We now observe that a respected government representative, who should be the embodiment of justice and fairness, has made this unjust accusation against this spiritual community. We firmly request that you issue clear instructions to the Iranian embassy’s charge d'affaires to deny such defamation, so as to protect and uphold both the standards of that ministry and the rights of this community.

 

On behalf of the Baha’i Community of Iran

Dr. Hosein Naji

Manouher Ghaem-Maghami

 

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