Such a document is indeed historical because it is a startling break from the usual manner of silent forbearance which has up to now marked the history of the Baha’i community in Iran. I can not imagine that the response to it will be adequate by the Iranian regime. However, if nothing else, it opens a new chapter in the struggle for the Baha’is in Iran to be acknowledged and recognized by the IRI as a separate religion with the right to exist.
I posted about this a few days ago and made sure that I stressed that I hadn’t confirmed the authenticity of that letter. Now, I have, through an impeccable source, confirmation that that letter purported to have been written by the Baha’is of Iran is indeed genuine and was, in fact, written by them.Furthermore, with striking audacity and courage it was not only delivered by individual Iranian Baha’is to the president of the IRI, Khatami, but as well, it was presented to a large number of other lesser governmental representatives in Iran. In the near future, I hope to post an English translation of the contents of that letter. But until then, I will summarize and say that it is a laundry list of oppressive actions which have been perpetrated by the Iranian government and endured by the Baha’i Iranian community. Actions which, as the letter points out, are in direct violation of the current laws and constitution of Iran.