Posted by: becketfund | February 4, 2009

Iran: Baha’i Community Receive Historic Apology

TEHRAN – A historic open letter signed by more than 40 Iranian intellectuals apologizing for their society’s treatment of the Baha’is over the past 150 years was made public on February 3, reported on February 4. The letter follows an alarming series of events in January 2009, a month that saw a pronounced escalation in the Iranian Government’s attacks on the Baha’i community. Fear for imprisoned leadership continues as all seven members of the leadership of the 300,000 Baha’is in Iran remain in prison. The five men and two women arrested in March and May 2008 are in Evin Prison in Tehran. The men are together in one cell with no beds. Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi of the Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran is the attorney of record for the Baha’i leaders.  She has not been allowed access to the prisoners or their files, as reported by MACLEANS.CA on February 3. At least 40 Baha’is are imprisoned throughout Iran for no reason other than their religious belief. Reports of governmental discrimination include Radio Free Europe, CNN International and AFP.

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