- Posted December 8, 2010 by
New York, New York
Bahais write to Iran's head of judiciary
The Bahai International Community, which represents the Bahais in the United Nations and its various bodies, has addressed an open letter to Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, head of Iran's judicial system, to protest the sentencing of the seven 'Yaran', or 'Friends' to 10 years in prison. The Yaran had been assisting the Bahai communities scattered across Iran with matters such as burials and the education of those excluded from Iran's state-controlled education system. The letter points out that Ministry of Information has used illegal detention and methods of interrogation, and denied access to lawyers, things which even Iran's laws do not permit. It then raises specific legal issues with regard to the trial, appeals to the standards of Islamic justice, and points out that a government which oppresses its citizens becomes discredited. It protests the conditions of detention for all prisoners in Gohardasht Prison. The Bahai Faith, Iran's largest non-Muslim religious minority, is not recognised in Iran, its institutions are banned, and many of its members have suffered imprisonment, as well as being denied access to higher education, employment in the civil service and many economic sectors, state pensions and other rights available to other citizens.
The letter, dated 7 December, is available in English here:
and in Persian <a href="http://www.negah4.info/articles/2010-12-08-01-20-32">here </a>and <a href="http://www.negah4.info/articles/2010-12-08-01-20-32">here</a>.