- Letter from Reja’i Shahr political prisoners demanding arrest and punishment of perpetrators who killed Mr. Rizvani
- September 1st, 2013
9, Shahrivar, 1392
Report: Following the killing of Mr Ataullah Rizvani, a Baha’i in southern Iran, a group of political prisoners and belief prisoners [of conscious] in Raja’i Shahr prison, through issuing a communication, object to this terrorist and inhuman act, and demand an immediate investigation resulting in prosecution, in competent court of law, of those who ordered and those who committed this act.
According to this report, the communication has reminds the population that “Such a horrible event creates an atmosphere of insecurity among fellow members of Iran’s Baha’i community as well as other minority groups. Prompt and unbiased investigation into this matter that may ensure the safety and welfare of the people of Iran should be given high priority.”
The content of the communication along with the names of all the signatories which was delivered to this reporter follows:
In the Name of the One Who is the Source of hope and fear
We have been informed that Mr. Atta’u'llah Rezvani, a fellow Baha’i, married with two children, was kidnapped and then killed with a bullet to the head in Bandar Abbas. This despicable act fills every human heart with pain and sorrow.
Considering the history of repeated death threats to the deceased, and the frequency and span of arrests and summons of the members of the Baha’i community, and the similarity and recurrence of such atrocities, which too often have led to loss of life or serious physical impairment, in recent years, we, a number of prisoners of conscience in the Rajai Shahr prison, condemn this vicious act and demand the immediate investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators of this incident and those who ordered it in a fair court of law.
Such a horrible event creates an atmosphere of insecurity among fellow members of Iran’s Baha’i community as well as other minority groups. Prompt and unbiased investigation into this matter that may ensure the safety and welfare of the people of Iran should be given high priority.
Based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights* [to which Iran is a signatory], and as stipulated in the Iranian constitution**, all citizens have equal rights, and the government is responsible for protecting their personal, financial, and social safety.
According to the nineteenth and twentieth articles of our constitution, the people of Iran, regardless of their ethnicity and nationality, are equal; colour, race, language, and other distinctions may not bestow any privilege, and all citizens, both women and men, are subject to the rule of law…
According to the aforementioned standards, we the undersigned demand that the rights of all citizens, regardless of differing beliefs, be preserved, and that all citizens be treated equally and without any discrimination.
Friday, 8 Shahrivar, 1392
Rija’i Shahr Prison
Siyyid Muhammad Seif Zadeh
Behruz Azizi Tavakolli
Mahdi Mu`tamedi Mehr
Saeed Rizai Tarangi
Ayat Mehr-Ali Beigo
Translation by Iran Press Watch
* The official text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be found here: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr
** An English translation of the Constitution of Iran can be found here: http://www.iranonline.com/iran/iran-info/government/constitution.html
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- Brooks Garis | September 2nd, 2013 - 2:33 am
What a wonderful demonstration of honor that people at the mercy of their captors should, in their own written names, call for a full and fair investigation of a religious assassination. Is any further proof needed that these defenseless prisoners are the true nobel fruit of the great Iranian people. Who wouldn’t choose one of these fearless prisoners as his honored countryman over those bats in the night who shoot a man in the back of the head and are then afraid to come out of hiding?
- Dawn Jensen Nobile | September 2nd, 2013 - 6:09 am
We desire but the good of the world and the happiness of the nations; yet they deem us a stirrer up of strife and sedition worthy of bondage and banishment…That all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religion should cease, and differences of race be annulled — what harm is there in this?…Yet so it shall be; these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the `Most great Peace’ shall come…Do not you in Europe need this also? Is this not what Christ foretold?…Yet do we see your kings and rulers lavishing their treasures more freely on means for the destruction of the human race than on that which would conduce to the happiness of mankind…These strifes and this bloodshed and discord must cease, and all men be as one kindred and one family…
Baha’u'llah, quoted by Edward Granville Brown
- Political Prisoners Pen Letter Demanding Justice for Ataollah Rezvani | September 3rd, 2013 - 8:24 am
[...] 48 political prisoners incarcerated in Raja’i Shahr Prison released a letter this week demanding an investigation into the death of Ataollah Rezvani and prosecution of his killers. [...]
- JOSEPHINE JOHNS | September 3rd, 2013 - 9:04 pm
HUMAN RIGHTS CAN NOT BE OVERLOOKED IT’S TIME THE WORLD STOPS THE IRANIAN REGIME OF THE ATROUCIOS MURDERS OF THOSE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS AND POLITICAL DIFFERENCES
- Jerry Langlois | September 4th, 2013 - 3:01 pm
What a courageous group of Baha”is in Raja”i Shahr prison to demand justice for the cowardly killing of a devout Bahai ,depriving his family of his future love and affection,we pray for his wonderful loving family and his loved one”s may the Iranian Bahai community be proud of these Bahai prisoners,who are unjustifiably in this prison for no other reason than being Bahai”s,may they be released by the responsible government of Iran immediately. J.L
- Vafa-Canada | September 4th, 2013 - 9:26 pm
THANK YOU dear Baha’i prisoners of conscious. Your letter gives the rest of us much courage and hope for the future of our beloved Faith in its country of birth. Every one of you are true Living Martyrs. We pray for you and your families daily, and will continue spreading the message of Baha’u'llah all over the world.
- Vafa-Canada | September 4th, 2013 - 9:35 pm
The Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) has been fighting a loosing battle since its inception in 1979, and will continue loosing everyday until it shall be no more. It will only be remembered for its Human Rights abuses to its citizens, and the murders they have committed worldwide. The IRI will eventually become nothing but a footnote in the History of Nations, because of its evil deeds and irrelevance.