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A Faith Denied: The Persecution of the Baha'is of Iran

The Báb under the Tutelage of the Jews, October 29, 2005343
Contradictions in Teachings of Bahá’ísm, November 10, 2005344
The British Handwriting on the Agenda of Bahá’ísm, November 14, 2005345
Promoter of Terrorism, November 19, 2005346
The Helper of the Zionists, November 22, 2005347
Intertwined with the Zionist, November 23, 2005348
Warnings of the Imam against the Influence of the Bahá’ís, November 24, 2005349
A Cesspool of Corruption, November 29, 2005350

Kayhan followed up these articles in January 2006 by publishing the full text of the indictment and court proceedings of a sensational 1949 case concerning the murder of a Muslim family in Abarqú that was blamed on local Bahá’ís. The officers of the Local Spiritual Assembly in Isfandabad and other prominent members of the Bahá’í community were accused of inciting the crime, motivated by the fact that the victims had been heard slandering and insulting the Bahá’í faith.351

Since July 2006, Kayhan has serialized - in 77 installments - The Inauspicious Shadow by Mahnaz Ra'ufi. Ra’ufi, who claims to be a former Bahá’í who later converted to Islam, portrays the Bahá’ í institutions being corrupt and hungry for both money and power. 352 An extended interview with Ra'ufi was published in 14 parts between October 14 and November 2 in which she repeated her accusations about the perfidious character of the Bahá’í faith.

Informal reports from inside Iran suggest that these media campaigns have already provoked acts of violence directed against the Bahá’í community, most notably in the city of Yazd.

Collecting Names

On March 20, 2006, Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on Freedom of Religion or Belief received a confidential memo from sources inside Iran.353 The memo, stamped “Urgent”, was distributed by the Central Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Office of the Commander in Chief. It stated:

According to the instruction of the Exalted Rank of the Supreme Leader, His Holiness Ayatollah Khamenei, the Central Headquarters of the Armed Forces has been given the mission to acquire a comprehensive and complete report of all the activities of these sects (including political, economic, social and cultural) for the purpose of identifying all the individuals of these misguided sects. Therefore, we request that you convey to relevant authorities to collect any and all information about the above mentioned activities of these individuals, in a highly confidential manner, and report it to this Command Headquarters. 354

[343]Báb dar Maktab-i Yahudiyan, available at www.kayhannews.ir/840807/8.htm (accessed April 4, 2006).
[344]Tanaquz dar Amuzihayyih Bahá'íyat, available at www.kayhannews.ir/840819/8.htm (accessed April 18, 2006).
[345]Khat-i Ingilis dar Dastur-i Kar-i Bahá'íyat, available at www.kayhannews.ir/840823/8.htm (accessed April 18, 2006).
[346]Muravvij-i Terrorism, available at www.kayhannews.ir/840828/8.htm (accessed April 18, 2006).
[347]Yavar-i Sihunist-ha, available at www.kayhannews.ir/840901/8.htm (accessed April 18, 2006).
[348]Dar ham Tanidigi Ba Jami'iyyih Sihunist-ha, available at www.kayhannews.ir/840902/8.htm (accessed April 18, 2006).
[349]Ilam-i Khatar-i Imam 'Alayh-i Nufuz-i Bahá'íyan, available at www.kayhannews.ir/840903/8.htm (accessed April 18, 2006).
[350]Munjalab-i fisad, available at www.kayhannews.ir/840908/8.htm (accessed April 18, 2006).
[351]Matn-i Kayfarkhast-i dadsitan-i Yazd 'Alayhi Muttahamin-i Yik Qatl, Bahá'íyan va Majarayih Qatl dar Abarqu [Content of the Indictment of the Prosecutor of Yazd against Those Charged with Murder: the Bahá'ís and the Story of a Murder in Abarqú], http://www.kayhannews.ir/841105/8.htm , http://www.kayhannews.ir/841106/8.htm#other801 , http://www.kayhannews.ir/841108/8.htm#other801 , http://www.kayhannews.ir/841109/8.htm#other801 and http://www.kayhannews.ir/841110/8.htm#other801 (accessed October 27, 2006).
[352]MAHNAZ RA'UFI, SAYIYYIH SHUM, KAHTIRAT-I YIK NIJAT YAFTIH AZ BAHÁ’ÍYAT [THE INAUSPICIOUS SHADOW; MEMOIR OF A PERSON RESCUED FROM BAHÁ’ÍSM] (Kayhan Research Institute, 2006). This book was published in serial form by KAYHAN newspaper between July 15, 2006 and October 12, 2006.
[353]Press release issued by the United Nations, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief concerned about treatment
of followers of Bahá’í Faith in Iran
(March 20, 2006).

[354]Namiyyih Sitad-i Kulli Niruhayih Musalah-i Farmandehiyyih Kulli Quva Darbariyyih “Shinasa'iyyih Afradih Firqiyyih Babi va Baha'i”, [Letter from the Main headquarters of the armed forces of the office of the Commander in Chief to multiple recipients regarding “Identification of Individuals of the Misguided Sects of Bahá’ísm and Bábísm”], dated 7/8/1384 (October 29, 2005) (on file with IHRDC) [attached as Appendix 8].

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