Baha’is in Iran are subjected to grave injustice. The government of Iran does not recognize the Baha’i Faith as a religion, instead denouncing it as a deviant and misleading sect. The government engages in severe and systematic persecution of the Baha’is. Over 200 Baha’is have been killed since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, thousands have been imprisoned, and many of them have been tortured. Baha’is are denied jobs and access to higher education on the basis of their religion. Baha’i homes and businesses have been raided and attacked, and Baha’i cemeteries and holy places have been destroyed. The Baha’i Faith is a peaceful religion that is based on the principle of the unity of humanity. Baha’is believe that Judaism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, the Babi Faith, and the now the Baha'i Faith have all come from the same God, and are all part of the same divine unfolding faith. Baha’is believe that the Baha’i Faith is the most recent religion from God and has teachings that are fit for this day and age, including the independent investigation of truth and the harmony of science and religion. Baha’is are free to practice their Faith in most parts of the world, but they are denied this right in Iran. While there are Baha’i Houses of Worship in several countries, and construction on a new House of Worship in South America is now proceeding, it is unsafe for Baha’is to even attempt to build holy places in Iran – or to rebuild their holy places that have been destroyed. As can be seen in the comments below, some people continue to be extremely intolerant toward Baha’is. It is this same kind of intolerance that is manifested through force and violence against Baha’is in Iran, and it is unacceptable. The persecution of Baha’is in Iran must stop. With this petition, we declare our support for the right to freedom of religion for all people, and we call for an end to the human rights abuses against the Baha’is of Iran. For any questions, please contact http://www.facebook.com/ashkan.rohani.9.
To support the individual freedom to believe in what we choose and to send support to those who face struggles in oppression and persecution.