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Bahais protest persecution in Iran

BAHAI COMMUNITY is facing intense persecution in Iran, members of the community are being jailed on false charges, subjected to harassment and deprived of fundamental rights.

india Updated: Apr 20, 2006 13:35 IST

BAHAI COMMUNITY is facing intense persecution in Iran, members of the community are being jailed on false charges, subjected to harassment and deprived of fundamental rights.

Bahais living in the City addressed a press conference on Wednesday to bring to fore the plight of Bahais in Iran so that their voice could reach the government and efforts could be made at diplomatic level to redress the issue.

“In Iran Bahais are being falsely implicated for espionage, charged of converting Muslims to Bahai religion, thrown in jails and executed”, said P Shogi.

“As per the report of human rights activist Asma Jehangir, the supreme leader of Iran has ordered the command headquarter to collect information about all persons who follow Bahai religion and keep an eye on their activities”, Shogi said. “The Bahais follow their religion peacefully but the 3 lakh-odd members of the community are facing tough times in Iran, where the faith originated”.

“Bahai children are not given admission in schools and the minority community is not allowed to set up its own schools. Newspapers carry hate campaigns against Bahais and an anti-Bahai society that spreads hatred against the community is active in Iran”.

Replying to a question about the charge Bahais are involved in, conversion and converts are not identifiable because they retain the old names, Shogi said.

First Published: Apr 20, 2006 13:35 IST