New Wave of Attacks on Baha’is

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Source: Saham News

Translation by Iran Press Watch

25 February 2015

In recent days a number of anti-Baha’i posters have been displayed in Tehran metro stations. The propaganda and the simultaneous arrest of 14 Baha’is in Tehran and Isfahan in the last two weeks attest to a new wave of pressure on this group and its adherents.

Saham reports that according to the propaganda posters, Baha’is are members of a cult devised by imperialist powers, whose aim is to spy and to change the culture and religion of the people of Iran, specifically Shiite Muslims. The posters can be seen in most of Tehran’s metro stations.

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Concurrently, extensive anti-Baha’i programs are being aired on radio and TV carrying the same message: accusations of cultism, spying and propagation of immorality.

Faranak, a 31-year-old Baha’i woman, says, “I was shocked to see the poster in the metro station. I didn’t expect them to treat us this way. Although we have become used to harsh and offensive treatment over the years, these posters are alarming; they make us wonder after all these years of persecution and imprisonment: what more are they going to do to us?”

At present more than 130 male and female Baha’is are in prison; most well-known among them are the seven leaders of the Baha’i community of Iran who were sentenced to 20 years in prison, who are now serving their seventh year. Also in prison are facilitators and members of the faculty of the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE), who are serving sentences of 3-5 years for starting the Baha’i open university.

During the last 30 years, Baha’i youth have been denied access to higher education in government-run universities in the Islamic Republic. Although during the presidency of Mohammad Khatami there was some easing of these abuses, the trend did not continue. With the accession of Ahmadinejad’s government, the persecution and human rights abuses increased.

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10 Responses

  1. vafa-canada

    March 3, 2015 9:11 pm

    It is a very common practice for Iranian government officials to lie. It is engrained in their education, upbringing, and society. Every accusation about Baha’is is false and a LIE.

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  2. Tony

    March 4, 2015 7:21 am

    Oppressors think they are having a win, time shows their folly and deceit as pure fabrication. Gos bless all those in Prison unjustly.

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  3. Seosamh Watson

    March 4, 2015 2:50 pm

    The international media should investigate which body or organisation is responsible for creating and placing these posters.

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  4. Richard Weiner

    March 5, 2015 6:50 am

    What are they so afraid of? If what they spoke of had truth it would be strong enough to stand on its own.

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  5. John

    March 5, 2015 7:49 am

    It’s truly saddening that a government would sponsor the destruction of the fabric of its society. Hopefully the Iranian people will search for themselves and see the truth themselves.

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  6. Tony McGinley

    March 5, 2015 11:02 am

    This travesty, the latest of many, is being done in the name of Islam. I am thinking therefore that Muslims and Muslim leaders world-wide need to speak up, more so any other religious group needs to, and voice their utter condemnation of this gross injustice towards the Baha’is of Iran.

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    • vafa-canada

      March 5, 2015 6:56 pm

      Very few Muslim leaders or scholars around the world have done so. That is why this persecution has lasted for so long. 171 years and on-going.

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    • Alfons de Wert

      March 10, 2015 8:48 pm

      All divinely revealed religions, including Islam and the Bahá’í Faith, are messages of love: love for God and love for our fellow human beings. Every religion shares these beautiful and uniting aspects. Practicing the opposite – planting hatred and division in the hearts of people – goes directly against the true spirit of religion. Followers of all religions … do what your Prophet wants from you: unite in love. Please.

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