Baha'is In Iran: The Problems Go On...and On


Mar 30, 2007
George Town Tasmania Australia
NEW YORK - In an ominous move, Iran's Ministry of Interior has ordered officials throughout the country to step up the surveillance of Iranian Bahá’ís, focusing in particular on their community activities. The Ministry has requested provincial officials to complete a detailed questionnaire about the circumstances and activities of local Bahá’ís, including their "financial status," "social interactions," and "association with foreign assemblies," among other things. The Ministry's order came in a letter dated August 19, 2006, and addressed to provincial deputies of the Department of Politics and Security in Offices of the Governors' General throughout Iran.

The August 19 letter, which was recently obtained by the Bahá’í International Community, asks these deputies to order "relevant offices to cautiously and sensitively monitor and supervise" all Bahá’í social activities.

The emergence of this new letter highlights the gravity of the situation facing Iranian Bahá’ísThe letter is the latest in a series of threatening documents that outline a secret national effort to identify and monitor Bahá’ís in Iran.

"The emergence of this new letter highlights the gravity of the situation facing Iranian Bahá’ís," said Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Bahá’í International Community to the United Nations.

"This letter further confirms that Iran's government has targeted the Bahá’ís for covert surveillance," said Ms. Dugal. "It also reveals for the first time the type of information the government strives to collect on both individuals and the Bahá’í community as a whole - information that in most societies would be considered private and highly sensitive.

"The letter also contains elements of misinformation. For example, the letter asks for information on the ‘socio-political activities' of Bahá’ís - even though it is well known to authorities that Bahá’ís are entirely non-political in their activities, inasmuch as the Bahá’í sacred writings stress the importance of non-involvement in politics, as well as non-violence.

The August 19 letter follows the release earlier this year of a secret October 29, 2005 letter from the Iranian military headquarters to various Revolutionary Guard and police forces instructing them to "identify" and "monitor" Bahá’ís around the country.

News of the October 29 letter, first publicized by Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, in March 2006, stirred alarm among international human rights groups. Ms. Jahangir herself expressed concern that "the information gained as a result of such monitoring will be used as a basis for the increased persecution of, and discrimination against, members of the Bahá’í Faith."

Another letter, dated May 2, 2006, showed the degree to which the government has sought to implement such surveillance at the local level. That letter, from the Trades, Production, and Technical Services Society of Kermanshah to the Iranian Union of Battery Manufacturers, asked the Union to provide a list of members of "the Bahá’í sect" in their membership.

Some observers have compared the government's effort to identify and monitor Bahá’ís to the situation facing Jews at the beginning of the Nazi era. In April, for example, the Anti-Defamation League said the orders issued in the October 29 letter were "reminiscent of the steps taken against Jews in Europe and a dangerous step toward the institution of Nuremberg-type laws."

Throughout the country, Iranian authorities have continued to arrest and detain Bahá’ís throughout Iran in recent months, subjecting them to a "revolving door" sequence of imprisonment and release that is apparently designed to harass and oppress the Bahá’í community.

Over the last two years, some 129 Bahá’ís have been arrested, released on bail, and are now awaiting trial throughout the country. The bail demands have been high, in most cases requiring the Bahá’ís to hand over considerable sums of money, deeds to property, business or work licenses.

To read the English translation of the August 19, 2006 letter, please visit:
SOURCE: The US Bahá’í.
POSTED AT: VARIOUS INTERNET SITES by Ron Price from 6/11/06 to 31/3/07
POSTER: married for 37 years, a teacher for 35 and a Baha'i for 48 years.
This is horrible. I often overlook the fact that other nations have not yet integrated tolerance to all religions. On the other hand I am not sure any nation can fully integrate all religions since there is bound to be some conflict among the various religious groups--ending up indirectly but nonetheless favoring the major religions .
And Yet More on the Baha'is


UNITED NATIONS, 7 June 2007 (BWNS) -- Reports and documents filtering
out of Iran over the last six months indicate a widespread and
calculated effort by the government to maintain and gradually intensify the
persecution of Iranian Baha'is.

The evidence tells of continued efforts by the government to identify
and monitor Baha'is; further incidents of abuse and discrimination
directed at Baha'i students and children; stepped-up efforts to deprive
Baha'is of their livelihood; and ongoing attacks on the Baha'i Faith in the
official news media.

"The cumulative trend is one of an exceedingly ominous nature, and
something of grave concern to Baha'is around the world," said Bani Dugal,
the principal representative of the Baha'i International Community to
the United Nations.

"The considered view is that
these recent incidents are being provoked
and often methodically planned by the Information Ministry, in order to
create fear, make the Baha'is physically vulnerable, and instill in
them social and occupational insecurity," said Ms. Dugal.

"The clear intent is to separate Iranian Baha'is from their fellow
citizens by generating suspicion, mistrust, and even hatred so that the
social, economic, and cultural progress of this innocent religious
minority continues to be blocked and its community life destabilized."

To read more about recent attacks on Iranian Baha'is, go to
Iranian propaganda has always been that the Baha'i religion was an invention of British intel, which is silly.
all religions are a complete nonsense and this one is no exception...

comrade stalin
Psalm 14:1
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
How strange that the Bible would oppose those who deny it is the word of God.
It s obviously NOT the word of a rational being.
The Bible says that it is true because the Bible tells us so. That is bogus circular reasoning, unacceptable to anyone capable of raional thought.

The Bible claims that the madness is the result of demonic possession, and can be cured by transferring the afflicting demons into swine.
The Bible claims that Jehovah killing off Job's entire family was just fine and dandy, because after a while, he gave Job a new and different family. Ask yourself, would you consider this to be just?

The Bible claims that after Jesus died on the cross, dead people popped out of their graves and began to cruise Jerusalem. Only Matthew claims this. When zombies appear, it is a major topic of conversation, even when it is fictional. Yet there is not one single other report of this happening.

The Book of Revelation is full of bogus hallucinations. Just READ the fool thing, it makes no sense.