- Senator highlights “warning signs” in Iran’s treatment of Baha’is
- December 5th, 2011
[BWNS, 2 Dec. 2011] — Canadian Senator Romeo Dallaire, the former UN peacekeeping force commander who tried to stop the 1990s genocide in Rwanda, has said that Iran’s current actions against Baha’is remind him of what he witnessed in Africa.
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- sam | December 5th, 2011 - 6:16 pm
i don’t think the government there is targeting the Baha’is as such but the criminal elements within it. AND THERE ARE. I was there (In Iran) myself this summer to remit a Baha’i document about World Peace and nothing bad happened to me. I even went to the office of the Supreme Leader of Iran. I think you are confusing the opposition of Iran to “Zionism” in all its forms to the opposition of the Baha’i Faith.
- sam | December 5th, 2011 - 6:24 pm
i don’t think the government there is targeting the Baha’is as such but the criminal elements within it. AND THERE ARE (Unfortunately I must add). I was there (In Iran) myself this summer to remit a Baha’i document about World Peace and nothing bad happened to me. I even went to the office of the Supreme Leader of Iran. I think you are confusing the opposition of Iran to “Zionism” in all its forms with an opposition of the Baha’i Faith. The same kind of confusion is often made between Jews and Zionists by the way…
- Foad | December 5th, 2011 - 11:37 pm
Weather it is the confusion between Jews, Baha’is and Zionists, whichever way you wish to label it, the fact remains that the Baha’is in Iran are being denied their most basic rights to education, work and religious practices. There is no denying in that. The issues taken up by individuals, nobel prize winners, professors, poets and government leaders around the world is precisely this denial of human rights for the Baha’is in Iran. All they are asking is to be allowed to participate in the building of a land that they love just as their fellow countrymen.
- sam | December 6th, 2011 - 5:56 pm
Fair enough. Foad, please understand it is also criminals infiltrating the Baha’i Faith (including into the top echelons of the Faith administration) that makes the work of legitimate Baha’is more complicated. Your point is well taken however.
- Observer | December 6th, 2011 - 6:12 pm
it saddens me to admit it but the Universal House of Justice (Baha’is supreme administrative body) is possibly corrupt. Starting with it own election (i.e. for example there is NO audit trail for counting the absentee votes which are mailed from abroad.) The mail can be intercepted by the Israeli postal authority who can decide of the fate of the entire elections (i.e. who gets elected).
Having said that I am sure there is prejudice against Baha’is and many other groups in Iran and the US and Europe. Prejudice is not good and must be eliminated!
- bmash | December 6th, 2011 - 9:19 pm
Sam and Observer get a life.
- Jim | December 7th, 2011 - 1:08 am
” quand on parle du loup il sort du trou” (nice job sam)
- Nasser | December 21st, 2011 - 6:41 am
In relation to the persecution of Baha’is in Iran, a few days ago, I noticed a couple of comments from Sam and also someone called himself/ herself Observer! It appears, there are some misconceptions or mix up in with the obvious reason for the persecution of Baha’is in Iran and some misunderstanding on Baha’i Administration.
It is very strange to link persecution of Baha’is in Iran and the criminal elements! Even though the government authorities in Iran have tried to label Baha’is with all sort of fabricated accusations, so far they have not linked Baha’is with any criminal elements, may be Mr Sam knows more than every one else!! In the past 30 years ( even during Shah’s time ) the Iranian government and all its hardliners have NOT been able to produce or fabricate any single evidences that Baha’is were doing any thing wrong , in their profession, in their dealings, even in their private life. All the accusations and crime levelled against innocent Baha’is are the same old and repeated crimes such as: Dangerous to the security of country, spying to all sort of countries, disrespect to Islam, etc…There is no complexity on this issue and there is no connection to Zionism, crime or politics, the crime is being a Baha’i that promotes tolerance, co-operation and freedom for all.
I am not sure about the claim being made by Mr Sam Re Remitting a Baha’i document on World Peace to Iranian Supreme Leader! May I request Mr Sam to enlighten us on this that what Baha’i Institution he was representing in presenting the so called Baha’i Peace document, as I haven’t heard any thing on it? Also, it is good to know that all the Baha’i activities are open to public around the world, except countries like Iran, do not allow Baha’is , even in privacy of your own home to practice their religion. At the national and local level, Baha’is around the world, without any electioneering, elect the members of relevant Admin Institutions for a period of one year and the decision making power is with the Institutions in line with the Baha’i Writings, not with individuals.
- Jim | December 25th, 2011 - 6:15 pm
i personally know a few so-called ‘Baha’is’ who have been doing illegal things and some are prominent Baha’is. If you ask me for more specifics please note that this might send these persons to U.S. jails. So you want to know their names ?
- nasser | December 26th, 2011 - 8:34 am
Thank you Sam, a quick review on your comments on this site, I am afraid, they don’t add up! Just let us go through to some of them:
• You said: I don’t think government of Iran targeting the Baha’is as such, but the criminal elements… Sam , you are most welcome to have your opinion, but just read some of the documents and evidences provided by the UN agencies, articles, support/ and evidences by the leading human rights activists and etc…Also Iranian government have not been able to produce any single evidence of wrong doing by Baha’is in Iran, except their conviction to the Baha’i Faith.
• You, certainly, have confused the concept of opposition of Iran to Zionism and the Baha’i faith. I encourage you, if you are sincere, without any attachment, you study the Baha’i history and its principles, before making a comment on a public forum. Not sure how you can make such an unrelated connection! If there is a connection between Christianity and Islam to Zionism, it is the same with Baha’i Faith.
• In one of your comments you said: … there wasn’t any problem for you to submit a, so called, Baha’i peace document to the Iranian Supreme Leader in person by you!!? This really doesn’t add up, who do you think you are? …. Just check some of the available information on internet and on this Blog (IPW) that how people were / and are being jailed( Houshang Fanaeyan just to name one of them ) simply by writing letter to the Iranian Supreme leader!
• Finally, it appers, you are a man of with many faces, personality, authority and talent! And you are going to name some criminals that would lead them to the US prisons!!? Good on you, very good idea!!
• With humbleness, I would like to quote an appropriate quotation from the Baha’i Writings to conclude my comments and wish all the best to Same, who may come back with different name for comments.- “ O Son of dust! Verily I say onto thee! Of all men the most negligent is he that disputeth idly and seeketh to advance himself over his brother. O brethren, let Deeds , not Words, be your adorning.”
- I'm not Sam but Jim | December 26th, 2011 - 8:05 pm
…so you want those names, yes or no? :)
- cintya | December 27th, 2011 - 11:34 am
I just check the history of “Mr. Nasser”. He is himself a criminal working for the Jews.
- Cintya | January 1st, 2012 - 5:31 pm
Mr. Nasser gives us no option but to give more information.
1. There are multimillionaires Bahais in New York who have bank accounts in Lausanne and Geneva, Switzerland. Please note that the IRS gives up to 30% of the recuperated funds to any helper. The penalty for tax evasion in the USA is heavy fines + JAIL time. I’ll be happy to give more specifics upon request by the US justice department.
2. The United States forbids trade with Iran. I know some Baha’is who have been trading with Iran for many years, illegally. The punishment is JAIL for this crime in the U.S.
3. Prominent “Baha’is” working in foreign banks are linked to crime, money laundering and drug trafficking. This is an open secret for anybody with access to a Google search engine.
4. Nasser wrote: “a quick review on your comments on this site, I am afraid, they don’t add up!” My answer: … UNLESS he is telling the TRUTH (i.e. he has traveled to Iran to remit a message to Iran’s Supreme Leader.)