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H.Res.134 supporting the Baha'is of Iran, Dec 31, 2012

Balatarin

On 1 January, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution “condemning the government of Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of its Bahá’í minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights.” H.Res.134 is the 23rd Congressional resolution since 1982 to address the oppression of the Bahá’ís in Iran. “The Bahá’í community is encouraged by the emphasis the U.S. Congress has placed on the human rights abuses in Iran,” said Mr. Kenneth E. Bowers, Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States. “We are convinced that this continued international pressure has kept the situation for the Bahá’ís in Iran from getting much worse.” The resolution also called on the President and Secretary of State, together with responsible nations, to condemn the ongoing persecution of the Bahá’ís in Iran and to demand the release of religious prisoners, including seven Bahá’í leaders who have been sentenced to 20 years in prison – Mrs. Fariba Kamalabadi, Mr. Jamaloddin Khanjani, Mr. Afif Naeimi, Mr. Saeid Rezaie, Mrs. Mahvash Sabet, Mr. Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Mr. Vahid Tizfahm. Further, the resolution urged the President and Secretary of State to utilize measures “to sanction officials of the Government of Iran and other individuals directly responsible for egregious human rights violations in Iran, including against the Bahá’í community.” H.Res.134 gained strong bi-partisan support. Of the 146 representatives co-sponsoring the resolution, 78 are Republicans and 68 are Democrats. “Given the U.S. government’s strong leadership in the international arena, the Congress has sent an important signal to the parliaments and foreign ministries of friends and allies abroad to speak out for the human rights of Bahá’ís and all oppressed people in Iran,” stated Congressman Robert Dold (R-Illinois), who introduced the resolution. Representative Brad Sherman, an original co-sponsor of the resolution and a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the International Religious Freedom Caucus, added, "Bahá’ís in Iran continue to suffer from repression, discrimination, and harassment by the regime. I have long advocated for the rights and freedoms of religious minorities in Iran, and I support the efforts of the Bahá’ís and their allies to speak out against the abhorrent abuses faced by this peaceful community in Iran. The passage of H.Res.134 will bring greater attention to the plight of those Bahá’ís currently held in prison in Iran because of their religion."

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Roozbeh_Gilani

Roozbeh_Gilani "Personal business must yield to collective interest."

Thanks for sharing sharmandeh. International community should focus it's attention a lot more on Islamist regime's appaling record on human rights abuse, including their policy of intended genocide on our bahai compatriots.

BTW: Please do not waste your time responding to comments from Roger_rabit, aka tetra farmakos, aka demo, aka nasir khosrow aka many more which were banned by previous site owner and have re surfaced with old/new user ID's. There are probably no more than only one or two sick individuals behind all these hatefull user ID's who share their hatred for our bahai compatriots with their dual support for the islamist regime and NIAC..
This kind of hate mongering is bad and indeed illegal in many parts of the world. mr @SaidAmin has been banning some of this person's many user ID's recently.

NasirKhosrow

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Ruhi

Sharmandeh ای دوست در روضهٔ قلب جز گل عشق مکار

Dear R R ,and NK We are indeed aginst any injustice against any minority or majority group,religeous, ethnic, social groups,or any other kind, My question is what kind of group do you belong to? Injustice is injustice, it doesn't matter whom it is inflicted to.
Dear Alborz, thanks for sharing the clip.

NasirKhosrow

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Roger_Rabbit

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Sharmandeh,

I have no doubt that Bahais are, in principle, against injustice BUT have they done anything about it when it is done by the Islamic regime against non-Bahais? Where have they registered an official protest against the atrocities committed against other groups, communities or the even individuals who, like Bahais are charged as spies for foreign powers? Bahais in Iran are not persecuted merely for being Bahais. If that was the case then the whole of the Bahai community of Iran should have been perished by now. But thankfully they are not. They are charged with false offences including but not limited to espionage.

I repeat my questions:

Are there examples of Bahai community leaders, inside or outside of Iran, lodging an official protest in support of the human rights of the individuals or communities whose rights are respected in Bahai faith?

2. If the Bahais are prepared to accept the Islamic regime's charges of espionage ( for instance for Israel) against other groups or individuals, how come they expect the same charges to be rejected when it comes to the Bahais?

As for what group I belong to the answer is: Truth Seekers.

faraway

faraway

Shameful for you to be allowed here on this forum to contribute to genocide of the Bahai people.

Roger_Rabbit

Roger_Rabbit Framed

Faraway

I am only asking couple of genuine questions. Please don't muddy the water. I am interested to know what are the Bahai faith followers position when they see the same injustices suffered by them being inflicted on others. They expect support and sympathy from non Bahais. Fair. But do they campaign for non Bahais when they are subjected to the same injustice?

If yes, please show us the evidence.

NasirKhosrow

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Onlyiran

Onlyiran

The silly argument of the perennial anti-Baha'i racist makes in trying to divert attention from the plight of Iran's Baha'is to Gaza! What does Gaza have to do with this? God, the IRI cyber squad has no shame, or any new ideas for that matter. The Gaza crocodile tears thing is getting old. Where were you clowns when Assad was bombing Palestinian refugee camps in Damascus with warplanes? Celebrating?

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divaneh

divaneh

Whilst it is a commendable resolution, it will not help anyone given the poor record of the US when it comes to Human Rights. Unfortunately US is a repeated offender when it comes to this issue and has failed to ratify a number of important UN human rights treaties among which one of the most important is "Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity" which could have implications for both US and Israel.

IRI and the Mullas are wasting their time in this case. I once was talking to a Moroccan client who assumed I was a Muslim and told me with a victorious smile how they got rid of all the Christians in there. I looked at the man who had come to live in a Christian country in search of a better life and told him about the large French population in their country, to which he listened with a look of shame and then cursed them.

If Morocco became free of Christians or if there is no Jewish community in Germany then Iran will also see a day where there is no Baha’i there. In fact these are Iranian who have rejected the primitive foreign culture and have adopted an Iranian religion. Even if the IRI could clear Iran of every Baha’i, there would be other Iranian converts to replace them. You can not fight an ideology by attacking its followers and the ime is not on the side of the IRI and the Mullahs.


Rabbit:
I don't think you are after a proper debate but as you have asked a valid question here is a valid answer to show you some of the concerns of Bahais.

http://www.bic.org/statements-and-reports/statements

Let me also correct you. Bahais are not after your sympathy or support. They are as hard headed as any other Iranian if not more.

Nasir Khosro:
My English girlfriend says your name in a very funny way.

NasirKhosrow

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Ruhi

Sharmandeh ای دوست در روضهٔ قلب جز گل عشق مکار

دیوانه فرزانه،بسیار ممنون از ارسال لینک و پشتیبانی‌ شما عزیز محترم

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

It's Good for all of us to stand for bahai's,
I have question though, I was wondering if it isn't it kind of hypocritical to criticize IRI's actions, 33 years after helping to bring khomeini and the IRI to power and covertly helping them secure power?

tetrapharmakos

tetrapharmakos

I have no doubt, not an iota of doubt that our honorable Bahai hamvatans will soon be free and prosperous.......I have no doubt that filthy Zionist will soon be defeated...........No doubt that savage criminal occupiers of the Holy Land, Haifa will soon be ousted and tried in the international court of Justice................Our dear Bahai hamvatans deserve nothing shy of self-governance in their ancestral home: Holy Haifa...........that glorious day is not far off.................Wake up International House of Justice.....wake up........

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Roger_Rabbit

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Questions:

1. Aren't the Bahais, as an article of faith, supposed to obey the government of the day? Can our learned blogger shed some light on this decree by Baha'ullah and tell us what limitations, if any, are attached to this decree?

2. Have our good Bahai compatriots ever condemned the persecution of other religious minorities,sects and people of other orientations whose human rights were taken away from them by the Islamic regime. Or is it that only the persecution of their own religious members matter to them? Any evidence of public protest or participation by the Bahais against the injustices inflicted on other minorities please?

NasirKhosrow

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