Spain's recently passed Motion in Defense of Iran's Baha'is


On 21 March 2009 the Spanish House of Representatives passed a motion in defense of the Baha’is in Iran.

The motion, presented by the People’s Party and adopted unanimously, calls for the release of the seven Bahá’ís and denounces “the recurring violation of international agreements on human rights to which the Islamic Republic of Iran is a signatory”.

In this video, representative of the People’s Party Juan Carlos Grau addresses the Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Committee on the subject of the Baha’is in Iran during the debate that preceded the passing of the motion.

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Mr Grau set out the campaign of persecution carried out against the Baha’is since 1979.

He also vindicated the Bahá’ís’ innocence against the multiple charges and attacks brought against them. “Baha’is talk to their neighbours about noble ideas and pure and goodly deeds through commendable and seemly conduct. How is it a threat to society? […] What is the hypocrisy in that a schoolgirl, after listening to insults against the Founder of her Faith, whom she loves intensely, politely raises her hand to ask permission to explain some of the teachings of her Faith to her schoolmates?” Mr Grau said.

Mr Grau finished his speech by summarising the events related to the case of the seven members of the former Yaran, an ad hoc group created to tend to the needs of the beleaguered Baha’i community which ceased to function earlier this year.

[Subtitles added by IPW’s Spanish Team]


6 Responses

  1. Concerned person

    August 5, 2009 3:17 pm

    It is good that there is increasing awareness of the situation of Bahai in Iran. This is not just about Bahai, but about human rights, and anyone with some respect for human rights would instantly know that it is wrong.

    What crime has the bahai community done? a group of peaceful people wishing for oneness of humanity, equality of men and woman, advancement of the human race, love, compashon, and understanding. I urge people to look into this, and see for themselves what the bahai teachings say, I am sure they will come to the same conclusion that this is not a threat to humanity, but actually noble principles that do nothing but benefit the world.

  2. maria chouchtari

    August 6, 2009 3:10 pm

    This is wonderful and a must forward to all my Spanish Speaking Friends.
    Thank you for all your efforts for our beloved friends in Iran.
    I am sure they truly know we are doing whatever we can peaceful
    to assist them and to inspire others to do likewise.
    Sincere Thanks,


  3. Martin Bebow

    August 6, 2009 9:46 pm

    The Spanish House of Representatives and the People’s Party have covered themselves in glory.


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