Bahais in Iran

A Translator's Slip-Up Cost a Young Girl Her Life

Farnaz, 10

On Thursday morning over Skype, Babak, a human rights activist who had fled Iran and is currently in Turkey waiting on a UN decision on his asylum status, asked me for help: "Something horrible has happened to a Baha'i family in Kayseri, the same city I'm situated in. May you get the word out?"

Babak played me an interview he conducted with Haifa Mohammad Ali, a mother who had just discovered that Farnaz, her 10-year-old daughter, was murdered by Firouz, her husband (also the child's father). Below is my English interpretation of Haifa's story as explained to Babak in Persian:

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Baha’is demonstrate in Tehran, against the oppression of Muslims

PCED, July 26

Today (July 26) a small number of Iranian Bahais held a demonstration outside the offices of the United Nations in Tehran, to protest the killing of Muslims in Myanmar. A statement issued by these Bahais says, “The defence of human rights, regardless of religion, race and thinking, is the duty of every human rights activist. Recently the world has witnessed a deplorable tragedy in Myanmar that rends the soul of humanity, yet the people of the world remain sunk in silence. In Syria, innocent people are killed under the most heinous circumstances and human dignity is trampled underfoot; the tears of the children of Palestine and Gaza fall on the shoulders of their fathers, and the world watches indifferently. The Muslims of Chechnya have been deprived of the right to life, which is the most basic human right, while the people of the world continue to life in relative prosperity. … We, a group of Iranian Baha’is, condemn the brutal genocide and massacre of Muslims in Myanmar, demand an investigation, and draw the attention of the international community and human rights organizations to these outrages….”

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New report from the Sentinel Project on Genocide Prevention

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Sentinel Project, June 14

The Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention has published a report (PDF format) on events relating to the Bahais of Iran in April, 2012. The events have already been reported here; I recommend reading the report for the perspective and analysis that the author, Troy Powell, provides. His analysis assumes a knowledge of the “Eight Stages of Genocide” model developed by Gregory Stanton of Genocide Watch. Stanton states that “Genocide is a process that develops in eight stages that are predictable but not inexorable. At each stage, preventive measures can stop it. The process is not linear. Logically, later stages must be preceded by earlier stages. But all stages continue to operate throughout the process.” The eight stages are

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Iran buys foreign forbidden books for research

TEHRAN -- The Majlis Library, Museum, and Documentation Center (MLMDC) has purchased a number of books that are forbidden in Iran, for use by scholars.

A total of 1000 editions of 150 books promoting Wahhabism, Baha’ism, and anti-Shiism and anti-Iranian subjects have been purchased from the Sharjah International Book Fair, a MLMDC official said in press release on Thursday.

“The decision to purchase the collection was made to scrutinize the enemies’ propaganda against Iran and Shia and then to find appropriate responses to the misinformation,” Ali-Akbar Zare’ Bidaki said.

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Iranian government taps a Dutch Bahai’s telephone

A spokeswoman for the Bahai community in the Netherlands has told Nieuwsuur, a Dutch television news programme, that the Dutch government has informed her that Iran has been tapping her telephone. The interview is due to be broadcast at 22.00 local time (GMT +1) on Nederland 2. Other topics will include the persecution of the Bahais in Iran, and a contribution from Nobel prize winner Shirin Ebadi.

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