Letter from Reja'i Shahr political prisoners demanding arrest and punishment of perpetrators who killed Mr. Rizvani
9, Shahrivar, 1392
Report: Following the killing of Mr Ataullah Rizvani, a Baha’i in southern Iran, a group of political prisoners and belief prisoners [of conscious] in Raja’i Shahr prison, through issuing a communication, object to this terrorist and inhuman act, and demand an immediate investigation resulting in prosecution, in competent court of law, of those who ordered and those who committed this act.
According to this report, the communication has reminds the population that “Such a horrible event creates an atmosphere of insecurity among fellow members of Iran’s Baha’i community as well as other minority groups. Prompt and unbiased investigation into this matter that may ensure the safety and welfare of the people of Iran should be given high priority.”
The content of the communication along with the names of all the signatories which was delivered to this reporter follows:
In the Name of the One Who is the Source of hope and fear
We have been informed that Mr. Atta’u'llah Rezvani, a fellow Baha’i, married with two children, was kidnapped and then killed with a bullet to the head in Bandar Abbas. This despicable act fills every human heart with pain and sorrow.
Considering the history of repeated death threats to the deceased, and the frequency and span of arrests and summons of the members of the Baha’i community, and the similarity and recurrence of such atrocities, which too often have led to loss of life or serious physical impairment, in recent years, we, a number of prisoners of conscience in the Rajai Shahr prison, condemn this vicious act and demand the immediate investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators of this incident and those who ordered it in a fair court of law.
Such a horrible event creates an atmosphere of insecurity among fellow members of Iran’s Baha’i community as well as other minority groups. Prompt and unbiased investigation into this matter that may ensure the safety and welfare of the people of Iran should be given high priority.
Based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights* [to which Iran is a signatory], and as stipulated in the Iranian constitution**, all citizens have equal rights, and the government is responsible for protecting their personal, financial, and social safety.
According to the nineteenth and twentieth articles of our constitution, the people of Iran, regardless of their ethnicity and nationality, are equal; colour, race, language, and other distinctions may not bestow any privilege, and all citizens, both women and men, are subject to the rule of law…
According to the aforementioned standards, we the undersigned demand that the rights of all citizens, regardless of differing beliefs, be preserved, and that all citizens be treated equally and without any discrimination.
Friday, 8 Shahrivar, 1392
Rija’i Shahr Prison
Siyyid Muhammad Seif Zadeh
Behruz Azizi Tavakolli
Mahdi Mu`tamedi Mehr
Saeed Rizai Tarangi
Ayat Mehr-Ali Beigo
Translation by Iran Press Watch
* The official text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be found here: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr
** An English translation of the Constitution of Iran can be found here: http://www.iranonline.com/iran/iran-info/government/constitution.html