Wiesenthal Center Condemns “Delusional” Iranian Persecution of the Baha’i


Editor’s Note: On 19 February 2009, Wiesenthal Center published the following Press Release.   The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States.  It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe.


Mark Weitzman, Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Task Force Against Hate, today condemned the ongoing persecution of seven Baha’i leaders in Iran. Weitzman said, “Iran’s accusation that these seven leaders were spies for Israel is patently absurd and as delusional as the mentality that allows a state to embrace Holocaust denial as a matter of policy. It reflects a willingness to ignore reality in favor of a show trial that resembles the trials of Stalinist Russia. And, by not allowing the victims access to lawyers Iran has demonstrated once again that the most basic concepts of human rights are irrelevant to its leadership. As long as Iran flouts these most basic legal and human rights, as long as it denies its own citizens or foreign countries the right to exist in peace, its participation in the community of nations must be seriously questioned.”


4 Responses

  1. Mike Sekkouah

    February 20, 2009 11:36 am

    There is absolutely no truth in the persecution of the Bahais in Iran, as their believe forgive all form of politics and their aim is only for peace and harmony amongst all the people of the earth.

  2. Sylvio Rothschild

    February 21, 2009 10:30 am

    Yes we can ……..is a new way of looking at differences ………
    Just use our spiritual and mental resources towards a joyfull and peaceful path……..
    The old way shows:
    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and others alike … after all Hitler’s ghosts are still around …..


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