Bahai News - AXWORTHY CONDEMNS EXECUTION OF IRANIAN BAHA'I
AXWORTHY CONDEMNS EXECUTION OF IRANIAN BAHA'I
July 22, 1998
Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy today condemned the execution by
authorities in Iran of Ruhu'llah Rawhani, a member of the Baha'i faith. Mr.
Rawhani had been detained for one year before his execution for practising
his Baha'i faith, and his family was denied permission to visit him in prison.
"This brutal action is a grave disappointment," said Mr.
Axworthy. "We have seen the beginnings of positive cultural and social
change in Iran and we hold hopes for continuing progress. I call upon Iran's
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and President Khatemi to state clearly that
this action was carried out without their knowledge or consent."
Minister Axworthy has instructed the Canadian Ambassador in Iran to convey
the condolences of the Government of Canada to Mr. Rawhani's family and to
ask the Government of Iran to take immediate steps to guarantee the safety of
other members of the Baha'i faith who are similarly detained.
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