In Dealing With Baha'i Community
Iran Press Watch / amigo19
02-Apr-2009 (one comment)
Two Mistakes of the Islamic Republic of Iran

By Shahla Firouz

For the past thirty years, the Islamic Republic has made innumerable mistakes and glaring errors in dealing with the Baha’i community. Some of these errors include summary executions, harassment and imprisonment, confiscation of property, and various forms of economic, social, and cultural isolation. This approach to the Baha’is stems from a distorted ideology that fails to differentiate between what is religious expression and what may constitute political dissent. This confused ideology has yet to define whether Iranian law should be rooted in Islamic shari’a or in fundamental human rights; whether adherence to the laws delineated by the Ayatollahs in their books of Islamic guidance must supersede the respect of the international community; and whether Iran is committed to a democratic society or whether pursuit of an Islamic polity is in its best interests.

At first glance, it may appear that these conflicts in defining the Islamic republic’s identity are irrelevant to its dealing with the Baha’is. However, upon closer scrutiny, we find that this unbalanced duality of the Islamic republic’s ideology is the root cause of its grave errors in dealing with the Baha’i community of Iran. Among many such errors, two mistakes of the Islamic Republic stand out as the most impressive.

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Two Mistakes of the Islamic Republic of Iran

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I hope IRI changes their attitude and deportment towards not only Bahah'is in Iran but towards all its persecuted citizens and grants them more  freedom and treats them not only with Islamic Justice, but with Islamic Mercy and compassion