Bahai News - U.S. demands freedom for Bahais in Iran
Published: Saturday, March 18, 2000
WORTH HEARING``It seem the world has no conscience when it comes to
human life. When the West wants to intervene militarily anywhere in the
world, they get there in record time.''
-- Graca Machel, former first lady of Mozambique and now wife of
Nelson Mandela, former South African president, commenting on the slow
response of Western governments to aid her country in the wake of
catastrophic floods as quoted by the Associated Press.
U.S. demands freedom for Bahais in Iran
The U.S. government has called for the United Nations to condemn Iran's
persecution of members of the Bahai faith. According to the Commission
on International Religious Freedom, a revolutionary court has sentenced
three members of the Bahai faith to death for unspecified anti-security
acts three different times. Iran's supreme court overturned the charges
after the first two arrests but the men have now been detained again and
await execution. The men were arrested for holding monthly Bahai
``family life'' meetings.
The Bahai faith claims 6.4 million members around the world and
teaches that all religions lead to the path of truth. Believers stress
peace and the unity of all faiths. But in Iran the religion is
considered a heresy of Islam, and Baha'i believers have been persecuted
and executed for decades.
``The Bahais on death row must be freed without delay and the
systemic persecution of the Bahai community must stop,'' said the
chairman of the Commission on Religious Freedom, David Saperstein. ``The
Iranian government should understand that the world is watching.''
-- Clark Morphew, staff writer
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