January 8, 2010 2:39:43 am
The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahais of India has asked the government to take up the issue of the seven Iranian Bahai leaders expected to come up for trial in Tehran on January 12 with the Iranians.
Holding a press conference at the Bahai House on Madhavrao Scindia Marg,prominent members of the community expressed concern over the continued persecution of the Bahais in Iran.
Maja Daruwalla,Director,Commonwealth Rights Initiative,said,This trial has been planned to harass and intimidate. It is one more incident in a long line of persecution of the community in Iran. Our country has a long record of pluralism and tolerance we must speak out.
The campaign in the Iranian state-sponsored media,wrongly accusing the Bahais of the recent civil unrest in Iran,is extremely worrying, said Zia Mody,senior partner,AZB and Partners. Its timing in light of the upcoming trial is evident from the articles being published right now by Irans most widely-read paper.
The seven leaders two men and five women were arrested in 2008 and charged with espionage for Israel,insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic Republic.
The Bahais are the largest religious minority in Iran,with more than 300,000 followers.
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