Bahais in Iran

Minister’s conspiracy theory – the Bahais/monarchists/counter-revolutionaries did it


"A big boy did it and ran away."

Iran’s Minister of Information, Haydar Moslehi ( حیدر مصلحی ), has said in a television interview that the forces behind the unrest on February 14 were Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi, the MKO, counter-revolutionaries, Bahais and monarchists. An alternative explanation is that the Iranian people are quite upset with their government.

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Arrest of a Group of Iranian Christians in Tehran in a 'sting' operation

{josquote}[Ayatollah Khamenei] warned his followers of the dangers of the rapid growth and expansion of home-based churches, surpassing the dangers of Baha’i and other mystical sects, as the new threat to the Islamic regime.{/josquote}

TEHRAN, IRAN (ANS) -- During the festive season of Christmas and the Christian New Year, several Iranian Christians were, in a coordinated sting operation, arrested by the security and intelligence officers of the Ministry of Information.

Reports received by the Iranian Christian News Agency, Mohabat News (www.mohabatnews.com), indicate that on Sunday, December 26, 2010, during the festive season when Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and welcome the arrival of the New Year, several Iranian Christians, in a pre-planned and coordinated sting operation, were arrested individually at their residences by the security intelligence agents of the Ministry of Information.

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Baha'i marchers celebrate freedom

In New Zealand Iranians of the Baha'i faith can live with dignity and freedom. But they can't always in their homeland.

{josquote}Visit bahaifreedomwalk.org for more information.{/josquote}

This Saturday hundreds of people will celebrate that by walking from Henderson to One Tree Hill.

Avondale resident Maxine Chan and her Iranian-born husband Del have organised the freedom walk to support the persecuted Baha'i people freedom.

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Refugees from the land of the Mullahs (an extract)

Others are practitioners of the Baha’i faith, whose persecution has intensified of late. Shakib Adibzadeh, 26, tells Maclean’s his family home was pelted with garbage, and his relatives were harassed on the street. His brother could not get accepted to university. His employer would not pay him, knowing the state would do nothing about it. When members of his family tried to set up their own business, they could never get a permit. Baha’i graves were dug up and destroyed. Adibzadeh and his family fled to Van [in Turkey]. Canada has recently accepted him as a refugee.

Ahmad Mousavi, another Iranian in Van, is gay. He was in love with a Baha’i man, whose phone calls the security services were monitoring. “That’s how I was found out,” he says. Tormented by his homosexuality, Mousavi had converted to Christianity in an effort to become heterosexual. It didn’t work, but his dalliance with the church gave intelligence ministry officials one more thing to hold against him, in addition to his homosexuality and friendship with a Baha’i. They forced Mousavi to sign a declaration promising to get married and shun non-Muslims. “I could have done everything they asked except get married,” he says. “I couldn’t marry a girl.”

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The Importance of Raising Awareness about the Persecution of Baha’is in Iran

Below is a great op-ed that appeared in a Malaysian newspaper about the prolonged persecution of the Baha’i community in Iran. The writer, a Malaysian Baha’i, points out that the persecution of Baha’is violates Iran’s obligations under international law, and when the intentional community condemned these violations, the persecution subsided.

End genocide amongst the Baha’i
by Liva Sreedharan | MalaysiaKini
November 4, 2010

For the past 29 months, they’ve been held captive, shielded from sunshine or even the slightest allure of humanity. They have had to bear with the stench of stale, putrid air. They are permitted to have fresh air only two hours each week.

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