Almost one year ago, the news was first broken here that the authorities in Iran had arrested the administrative body of the Baha’is of Iran.
The news sent shock waves worldwide across the Baha’i community as everyone realized that this meant that our fellow Baha’is in Iran faced a renewed pattern of persecutions.
Now Baha’is are abuzz all around the web because we have news a few days ago that the 7 arrested Baha’is are to be tried in court with trumped up charges of espionage. They have never been allowed to see their lawyer, nor has any manner of due process been followed in their case.
If they do go to trial, you can expect it to be little more than kangaroo court with the verdict already decided well in advance.
The Baha’i community is doing its best to bring further pressure to bear on the Iranian Islamic regime by highlighting the persecution of these and other Baha’is in Iran in media, in talks with government officials and through a general campaign of public relations.
Every fair-minded person would attest to the injustice of what is happening. Beyond this obvious point, something else needs attention. I happened to read a recent article by Nazila Ghanea in the Guardian and in the comments section, someone wrote:
This is, of course, nothing new (unfortunately). In the latest LA Class newsletter we read an article that Denis MacEoin wrote 30 years ago decrying this same self-serving attitude.
Although tragic and unjust, the treatment of the Baha’is in Iran is no less tragic and unjust than what is meted out to many groups in Iran. If we, as Baha’is, truly believe in a better world, then how can we choose to be silent while others suffer and only cry out when our own are in danger?