Response from US Senator Barbara Boxer on Discrimination of Baha’is in Iran

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By: Birch Bricker

This post is in response to the former post I did on “Discrimination of minorities in Iran” [see http://www.iranpresswatch.org/2008/12/discrimination-of-minorities-in-iran/].  I wrote to Boxer, Fienstien, & Biden & I’ve been holding on to this one in hope of receiving the others letters soon….but I haven’t.  So, here’s the letter I received from Barbara Boxer.  It sounds good… I can only hope she means it:

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Dear Mr. Bricker:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the treatment of the Baha’i community in Iran.  I appreciate the opportunity to respond to your views on this troubling situation.

I share your concern regarding the systematic discrimination faced by the Baha’i and other religious minorities in Iran.  Currently, the activities of the Baha’i are being monitored by Iran’s hard-line revolutionary guard and secret police.

As you may know, on December 19, 2006, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution expressing “serious concern” over the human rights situation in Iran, with particular emphasis placed on the plight of the Iranian Baha’i. The resolution calls on Iran to “eliminate in law and in practice, all forms of discrimination based on religious, ethnic or linguistic grounds and other human rights violations” against Iranian minorities, including the Baha’i.

As a strong advocate of international human rights and religious freedom, I was pleased to see this resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly.  Please be assured that I will keep your views in mind should legislation regarding the Iranian Baha’i come before the Senate in the 110th Congress.

Thank you for writing, and I hope you will continue to be in touch with me about matters of importance to you.

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

Please visit my website at http://boxer.senate.gov

P.S. The above picture is of three Baha’is that were arbitrarily arrested earlier this year & still remain in jail. Their names are Haleh Rouhi Jahromi, Raha Sabet Sarvestani and Sasan Taqva. See http://iran.bahai.us/

[The above was posted on 17 December 2008 at: http://folsomtelegraph.com/detail/101328.html.]

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