Persecution of Iranian Baha'is

Action Alert, Letter Writing Campaign to State Senators

Senate Resolution 71, a concurrent resolution to H. Res. 175 regarding the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran, was introduced into the U.S. Senate on March 9, 2009, by Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon. The other original cosponsors are Sens. Sam Brownback, Robert Menendez, Olympia J. Snowe and Sheldon Whitehouse.

If you have not written to your senators regarding the critical situation in Iran, we encourage you to do so immediately and to reference S. Res. 71 in your letter. Of course, if your senator is already a cosponsor, you should thank him or her for their support. You can track details regarding S. Res. 71 by visiting 
http://iran.bahai.us/s-res-71-on-the-bahais-in-iran/ .

Below you will also find, information on California's two Senators, both of which have not signed Senate Resolution #71. Please write Reps Boxer and Feinstein and encourage them to support this important bill.



California Senators

Boxer, Barbara - (D - CA) 

112 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510

(202) 224-3553

http://boxer.senate.gov/ 


Feinstein, Dianne - (D - CA

331 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510

(202) 224-3841

http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/ 



House of Representatives Resolution 175 is Passed!

On October, 22, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed resolution, H.Res.175, condemning the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran, in a 407-2 vote.

The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Mark Kirk. The other initial cosponsors were Reps. James McGovern, Brad Sherman, Dan Burton, Bill Foster, Maurice Hinchey, Frank Wolf, and Jim Moran. There were a total of 75 cosponsors.

Thank you to all those who wrote their Congress person.

For more information on the House Resolution 175 passing, go to:

http://iran.bahai.us/hres175-on-the-bahai-in-iran/ 



Overview of the Iranian Baha'i Persecutions 

In Iran, repression of the Baha’i community is official government policy.

This policy is outlined in a previously secret memorandum that was uncovered and published by the U.N. Human Rights Commission in 1993. Written by the Iranian Supreme Revolutionary Cultural Council in 1991 and signed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, this document provides a blueprint for the suppression of the Iranian Baha’i community. It contains specific guidelines for dealing with the Baha’is so that “their progress and development are blocked.”

Some 300,000 Baha’is live throughout Iran, making the Baha’i Faith the country’s largest minority religion. Baha’is have been targets of discrimination and violence in Iran since the religion began there in the mid-nineteenth century. More than 200 Baha’is were killed in Iran between 1978 and 1998, the majority by execution, and thousands more were imprisoned. Today the Iranian government regards Baha’is as apostates and “unprotected infidels.” Baha’is in Iran have no legal rights, and they are not permitted to elect leaders of their community. The Baha’i Faith has no clergy, and community affairs are coordinated by democratically elected governing councils called Spiritual Assemblies.

Baha’is in Iran are systematically denied jobs, pensions and the right to inherit property. More than 10,000 Baha’is have been dismissed from government and university posts since Iran’s 1979 revolution.

To Continue this article please go to:

http://iran.bahai.us/overview/ 



On May 14, 2008, Iranian intelligence officials arrested six Baha’i leaders and took them to the notorious Evin prison.  The seventh member of the committee was arrested on March 5, 2008, in Mashhad after being summoned by the Ministry of Intelligence office there. They have been imprisoned since and could face possible death. Please go to http://iran.bahai.us and see what you can do to help.


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