Nasrin Sotoudeh demands the restitution of the rights of citizenship for religious minorities and Baha’is

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HRANA[http://hra-news.org] Sunday 24 Shahrivar 1392 (15 September, 2013) – 15:01

Harana news – Nasrin Sotoudeh*, human rights lawyer and political prisoner, in a letter addressed to the President, has connected the murder of a Baha’i in Bandar Abbas to the “chain of murders“ , and has asked Mr Rouhani to respond to the question of
“what punishment is to be expected for the murderer of this Baha’i fellow-citizen, once he is identified?”

She continued further, asking: “You know the bitter answer to this question much better than I”.

nasrin-sotodeIn another part of her letter to the President, this member of the Defenders of Human Rights Center says: “Apart from the fact that no peace-loving Iranian would want to
pursue vengeance and fan the flames of mass anger, the creation of legal pathways and a change in political discourse and the public declaration of the rights of religious minorities is a public demand.”

The full text of the letter, arrived at Jaras News is as follows:

Dearly respected President Rouhani

The abduction and consequent murder of one of our Baha’i fellow citizens at the start of your term as President brings to mind the chain of murders; it is our expectation that you would put an end to such savage conduct before it continues.

The late Ataollah Rezvani and his family are well-known to many of us because of their many adversities and troubles. I have been in prison with his sister, and had the honour of serving as the lawyer for his relatives They are a family which has no desire other than service to the community; yet many members of the family have suffered long term periods of imprisonment or are still in prison.

We ask you to end the injustices against our Baha’i citizens, and we condemn the statements that lead to such harsh and offensive acts. We ask you to take appropriate steps in accordance with the provisions of Article 14 of the Constitution ̶ which binds the government of the Islamic Republic and Muslims to act with praiseworthy conduct and Islamic justice toward non-Muslims and to respect their human rights ̶ to guarantee the citizenship rights of religious minorities and Baha’i fellow-citizens.

I have a question for you as the highest political authority of the country: what punishment is to be expected for the murderer of this Baha’i fellow-citizen, once he is identified?

You know the bitter answer to this question much better than I.

Apart from the fact that no peace-loving Iranian would want to pursue vengeance and fan the flames of mass anger, the creation of legal pathways and a change in political discourse and the public declaration of religious minorities is a public demand.

Nasrin Sotoudeh
Barrister
and political prisoner

Evin, Shahrivar 1392


Translation by Iran Press Watch
Source: http://hra-news.org/685/1389-01-27-05-24-07/16574-1.html

* see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasrin_Sotoudeh

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7 Responses

  1. Bijan Birjandian

    September 22, 2013 4:28 pm

    I Thank her and wish her all the best. The government of IRAN must know that they can never and ever survive if they want to deprive people from their basic freedom. you remember the late shah of IRAN who tried to ban people to read books. What is it the government of IRAN with all her power is so much afraid of the Baha’is. I hope they realize in order to survive you need not to kill people rather you make friend with them.

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  2. Tanja Kögel

    September 23, 2013 8:07 am

    This letter asks Iran to fulfill its potential for beauty. Please follow the path of unity and turn away from the destruction of contributers to the countrys prosperity. Many thanks to Nasrin Sotoudeh who uses her unique opportuity and burden to translate the situation from inside to the world.

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  3. S. Walker

    September 23, 2013 10:45 am

    Very brave lady. I admire Iranian ladies who stand for justice for poeple of Iran. We can all learn from her. Justice is fundamental corner stone of Islam and all other religions of God. Justice will eventually succeed and injustice will fail.

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  4. vafa-canada

    September 23, 2013 6:05 pm

    If only other Iranians would follow the example of this brave lawyer – Nasrin Sotoudeh – and demand justice from the Iranian Government on behalf of their downtrodden fellow citizens who are members of minority groups in Iran.
    The more people demand justice, the more the government will listen.

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