Archive for the ‘Sunnis’ Category

Iran to execute top Sunni rebel, 11 others: report

Monday, July 13th, 2009


TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran will execute 12 members of a Sunni rebel group, including one of its senior militants, by the end of this week, the Fars news agency reported on Saturday.

Abdolhamid Rigi, brother of Abdolmalik Rigi who heads the shadowy Sunni group Jundallah (Soldiers of God), will be hanged along with 11 others, the agency said quoting Hojateslam Ebrahim Hamidi, head of the judiciary in the restive southeast province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

“They will be hanged, inshallah, by the end of the week,” said Hamidi, adding that the 12 have all been accused of being “mohareb” — enemies of God.

Iran’s state-run English language television station Press TV quoted Rigi as saying that his brother Abdolmalik was on the payroll of the American military.

“My brother Abdolmalik met several times with US forces in Pakistan,” it quoted Rigi as telling a group of tribal leaders in the town of Iranshahr in Sistan-Baluchistan.

“I myself took part in one of those meetings, where we discussed recruitment, training, infiltrating Iran and methods of inflaming Sunni-Shiite sectarianism for three hours. In that meeting, the Americans gave my brother 100,000 dollars,” he said, according to Press TV.

Iran accuses Jundallah of launching regular attacks in Sistan-Baluchestan province which borders both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The province is home to a sizeable Baluch minority which adheres to Sunni Islam. Jundallah strongly opposes to the government of predominantly Shiite Iran.

We Are Ashamed

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

The following is an article written and signed by a group of Iranians consisting of artists, writers, professors, poets, journalists, human rights activists and many other conscientious voices. The letter entitled “we are ashamed” is an emotional and sensitive apology for the wrongs committed against the Baha’is in Iran. The original article can be read
on the cnn website or in farsi at

Century and a half of silence towards oppression against Bahai’s is enough
by Open Letter

In the name of goodness and beauty, and in the name of humanity and liberty!

As Iranian human beings, we are ashamed for what has been perpetrated upon the Baha’is in the last century and a half in Iran.

We firmly believe that every Iranian, “without distinction of any kind, such as, race, color, sex, language, religion, politics or other opinions,” and also without regard to ethnic background, “social origin, property, birth or other status,” is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, from the very inception of the Baha’i Faith, the followers of this religion in Iran have been deprived of many provisions of human rights solely on account of their religious convictions.

According to historical documents and evidence, from the commencement of the Babi Movement followed by the appearance of the Baha’i Faith, thousands of our countrymen have been slain by the sword of bigotry and superstition only for their religious beliefs. Just in the first decades of its establishment, some twenty thousand of those who stood identified with this faith community were savagely killed throughout various regions of Iran.

We are ashamed that during that period, no voice of protest against these barbaric murders was registered;

We are ashamed that until today the voice of protest against this heinous crime has been infrequent and muted;

We are ashamed that in addition to the intense suppression of Baha’is during its formative decades, the last century also witnessed periodic episodes of persecution of this group of our countrymen, in which their homes and businesses were set on fire, and their lives, property and families were subjected to brutal persecution – but all the while, the intellectual community of Iran remained silent;

Family Home burnt to the ground in Kerman.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

In the early hours of Friday July 18th the home of the Shakir Family, who are members of the Bahai’ community in Kerman, was burnt down in a suspected arson attack. Fortunately the family were away during the attack. Everything from furniture to possessions perished in the fire.

This family, like many in the Bahai community, are no strangers to harassment. In a recent event prior to that, whilst at a Bahai gathering, their friends noticed that the Shakirs car was set alight and tried to put it out with a fire extinguisher. They had also been on the receiving end of many threatening phone calls quite a while.

Read the article in full.


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On Christians in Iran

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

The following post by HRAI is about the situation of Christians in Iran:

Prior to the horrifying details of their persecution in recent years, there are references to other minorities that face the same patterns of injustice and oppression. Increasingly, it is becoming evident that human rights abuses in Iran are not imposed by the majority over the minority. It is, in fact, a minority, who are making life nothing but living hell for majority of Iranians. But the challenge is that this majority are comprised of various minorities based on ethnicity, religion, gender, etc.

So the question remains, when will these diverse minorities unite their voices and demand accountability and responsiblity on the part of those who perpetrate such acts?

As the Persian expression goes: ‘Qatrih qatrih jam’ gardad, vangahi darya shavad’ (Dorp by drop, an ocean is made).

May we all stand together and work together to recognize each other’s humanity. After all, we are all children of the same land, the land that is home to the first charter of human rights (See:


Ten Sunni teachers are arrested

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

  ده مبلغ مذهبي که به تبليغ عقيده اهل سنت در تهران اقدام مينمودند و در حدود 40 روز پيش بازداشت شده بودند پس از طي زماني طولاني در مکان نامعلومي سرانجام به زندان رجايي شهر کرج منتقل گرديدند ، بازداشت مبلغان مسلمان سني مصداق عيني نقض معاهدات بين الملي ، ميثاقين جهاني حقوق بشر و قوانين داخلي بالاخص قانون اساسي ميباشد .
اسامي اين ده مبلغ مذهبي به شرح ذيل ميباشد :

1-رسول ماوت
2-سوران فاثحي
3-محمد خاکي
4-سيامند حسيني
5-مسعود جوادي
6-کاوه سيدزاده
7-ادريس مندرس
8-آزاد قادرزاده
9-کيوان خداددادي
10-خالد معروفي

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Monday, December 24th, 2007

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