Islamic Tolerance Alert from the Islamic Republic: “More than 50 BahÃ¡”Ãs get prison terms for talking about their faith,” from Asia News (thanks to Insubria):
Tehran (AsiaNews/Agencies) — Iran yesterday sentenced three Baha’i to four years in jail for security offences after being convicted of propaganda against the political system and proselytism in the southern city of Shiraz under the pretext of helping the poor. Another 51 were given a year in prison with suspended sentences handed condition they attend courses by state propaganda officials, judiciary spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi said.
The BahÃ¡”Ã faith is considered heretical by Iranian authorities and has been banned since the advent of the Islamic Republic in 1979.
More than 200 BahÃ¡”Ãs have been executed or murdered since then; hundreds have ended up in jail, tens of thousands have been thrown out of their jobs, denied pensions or prevented from going into business.
All BahÃ¡”Ã institutions have been closed””all their sacred places, cemeteries and properties have been seized by the government or destroyed (see in the photo the destruction of their shrine in Shiraz).
Many BahÃ¡”Ãs have been sent to prison simply for teaching their children about their faith. Their youth have been denied the right to go to university unless they identify themselves as Muslims.
On 18 December 2007, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution expressing very “serious concern” for the systematic violations of human rights in Iran, which include the use of torture, flogging, amputation, stoning, public executions and repression of minorities, especially BahÃ¡”Ãs.
The resolution calls on the Iranian government “to eliminate, in law and practice, all forms of discrimination and other human rights violations.”