Saturday, September 30, 2006

Defending the Baha'is in Iran

(Photo on the right: Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire has released a statement calling on the international community to pay attention to the Iranian government's ongoing persecution of its country's Baha'is.)

Two recent articles in Baha'i media highlight efforts to defend the lives of the long suffering Baha'i community of Iran:

A spotlight fell on the Iranian Baha'i community Sept. 19 as the U.S. House of Representatives debated and passed a resolution condemning the repression of Iran's Baha'is and calling for their emancipation.

House Concurrent Resolution 415, whose identical version the Senate must pass before it can be adopted as a congressional resolution, notes that eight previous congressional resolutions have passed since 1982. It declares that Congress "holds the Government of Iran responsible for upholding the rights of all Iranian nationals, including members of the Baha'i Faith."

Several members of Congress made statements on the resolution, including its two original cosponsors, Representatives Mark Kirk (Illinois) and Tom Lantos (California).(Read the whole thing here)

And furthermore....

OTTAWA, 29 September 2006 (BWNS) -- Romeo Dallaire, a Canadian senator and retired general who commanded the UN peacekeeping mission to Rwanda at the height of the genocide there, has issued a statement saying that the international community should be prepared to act to protect Iranian Baha'is from possible atrocities.

"In Iran, as in other areas like Darfur where evil is at work, the international community must be ready to act before civilians are harmed," said General Dallaire, in a statement issued on 26 September 2006.(Read the whole thing here)