October 20, 2021


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Congress Passes Resolution Condemning Iran’s Persecution of Baha’i Group

Washington, D.C., Dec. 07, 2020 (Globe NEWSWIRE) — Previously these days, the House of Representatives passed Home Resolution 823, condemning the Iranian government’s persecution of the Baha’i neighborhood. The resolution, which loved potent bipartisan help, known as on the Iranian authorities to release all Baha’i prisoners, end its campaign of condition-sponsored persecution, and reverse discriminatory insurance policies in opposition to the Baha’i neighborhood. 

The resolution, released by Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), was originally co-sponsored by Reps Joe Wilson (R-SC), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Steve Chabot (R-IL), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), and Ann Wagner (R-MI). It enjoyed powerful bipartisan support amongst its 93 cosponsors. 

“Today, my colleagues joined with me to resoundingly condemn the Iranian regime’s egregious record of human legal rights violations and unjust repression against its own persons. The regime’s follow of denying freedom of religion and persecuting minorities like the Baha’i should finish,” Congressman Deutch reported. “This bipartisan resolution sends a obvious concept: that the regime’s steps are a violation of the concepts and values for which our country stands. I am proud to have released this resolution condemning Iran’s condition-sponsored persecution of the Baha’i folks, and I applaud its passage in the Household of Representatives.” 

Members of the Baha’i Religion have been persecuted in Iran given that the religion’s founding there in 1844. This persecution intensified immediately after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, with hundreds of Baha’is executed and tortured in the yrs immediately after the Revolution. Presently, the Iranian govt denies Baha’is accessibility to better education, govt careers, permits to perform in 20-five professions and occupations, and subjects them to arbitrary arrests and imprisonment. 

“The passage of the resolution will come at a significantly attempting time for the Baha’is of Iran,” said Mr. Anthony Vance, Director of the U.S. Baha’i Place of work of Public Affairs. “In late November, governing administration brokers raided at least 20 homes and outlets of Baha’is in coordinated raids throughout the place, demanding that they hand above their residence deeds, as well as computers, cell phones, and other personalized property. In October, in the village of Ivel in Mazandaran province, the land, properties, and households of 27 Baha’is were being confiscated by order of a provincial appellate court docket, the latest stage in a prolonged collection of confiscatory steps taken to do away with the existence of the Baha’is there. Moreover, considering that the starting of the pandemic, there has been a surge in criminal judicial proceedings introduced towards the Baha’is, threatening to insert to the dozens of by now incarcerated Baha’is, who are endangered by the pandemic in overcrowded Iranian prisons.”

“Persecuting, arresting, and imprisoning a tranquil minority on the foundation of their Religion at any time is a moral outrage. During a pandemic, it is barbarous,” Mr. Vance added.

James Samimi Farr
U.S. Baha'i Office of Public Affairs
(202) 833-8990
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