[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]
[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]
[Personal information has been redacted.]
21 Mehr 1322 [14 October 1943]
Subject: The expulsion of the Iranian Baha’is from Iraq
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Pursuant to report number 200, dated 9 Shahrivar 1322 [1 September 1943], about the actions of the Iraqi officers in Basra and the eviction of the Baha’is, [I] would report that, according to a report received from the consulate of the imperial government in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi officers have threatened to evict about 48 Iranian Baha’i families that arrived from Iran nearly seven months ago, have settled down in Sulaymaniyah, and have been busy with their daily life on Iraqi soil.
The consulate inquired of the governance of that province about the reason [for this eviction], and it replied that the order had been received from Baghdad that the Iranian Baha’i population must leave Iraq. The only assistance that they could provide was to allow them one month to prepare for their journey. Pursuant to that, two other Baha’is, who were residing in Arbil, approached and said that the governor of that region had treated them in the same manner and had evicted them from Arbil, [asking them] to leave for Iran.
The Baha’is of Khanaqin have also received the same treatment, and they left for Iran within the allocated time. A few other Baha’is in Baghdad have complained that the government of Iraq has banned the residence of the Iranian Baha’is, despite seven to eight months’ being left on their residence permit. Owing to the fact that they are Baha’is and it is not wise for them to stay in Iraq, the eviction order for all has been issued. As a consequence of these actions, and without mentioning the fact that this crowd are Baha’is, a letter was sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iraq to inquire about the reason for this treatment towards the mentioned Iranians, a copy of which has been attached.
Appropriate discussions were held with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They responded that they did not have any records of this matter at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and they promised to inquire about this action from the Ministry of Home Affairs and possibly take the necessary steps to prevent their eviction. Thus far, they have not responded; however, from what the Baghdad Consulate has expressed, it appears that, because this group of Baha’is had obtained their entry visas from the Iraqi Embassy, and gained their residence permits after entering Baghdad, the Iraqi authorities, on the pretext that their residence should not have exceeded two months, are attempting to evict them. However, the truth may be otherwise, and Iraqis may not want Baha’is to stay in Iraq where the local residents and authorities are fanatic, and they assume that they will engage in religious propaganda. They have identified this action as against the public order.
Since the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not yet explained the main reason for the action of the Iraqi authorities, it was directed again that a quick response to the Ministry’s letter be issued and the report of the outcome of these procedures be reported.