WordForPeace.com Edit Desk
e would like to share with you our grave concern for the intensification of the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran in recent weeks.
The Bahá’ís are being called to court in far greater numbers than have been seen previously—most notably 42 believers in Shiraz where the judge has threatened to uproot the entire community. In addition to Shiraz, Baha’is in Birjand, Yazd, Karaj, Ghaemshahr, Kermanshah and Isfahan have been arrested, summoned to court, tried, sentenced to jail or imprisoned solely for their beliefs in recent weeks.
The number totals at least 71 Baha’is. There still remains a large number of Bahá’ís who can be summoned to prison at any time, the implications of which now also include the threat to health and life due to the spread of the novel coronavirus in these environments.
Iran’s state-affiliated media have also escalated their hate speech campaign against the Bahá’ís in Iran, which is being shared across all channels, including social media, newspapers, radio stations and television channels.
Many prominent individuals, organizations, and groups across the globe have condemned the fact that the persecution against the Baha’is in Iran escalates.
As a human being concerned about all citizens of this world, we have constantly shown our solidarity to worthy causes in support of human honour, freedom and dignity. We, at WordForPeace.com, would like to urge the Iranian authorities to stop persecuting the Baha’is in Iran and live up to its International Human Rights obligations.