defense of iran’s baha’is from canadian parliament

I couldn’t help but share this with you all; it’s heartening to know that members of Parliament actually stand up and take notice of the plight of the Baha’is of Iran. From the Canadian Baha’i News Service (CBNS):

parliament all lined upCanadian Bahá’ís acknowledge MPs’ efforts to defend Bahá’ís in Iran

OTTAWA, ON, 11 October 2006 (CBNS) — As Parliament resumes this fall, Bahá’ís around Canada have expressed gratitude for the concern Members of Parliament have shown upon hearing reports of activities that suggest the Iranian government is preparing to intensify its persecution of Bahá’ís in Iran.

To date, approximately 120 Members of Parliament have met with representatives of local Bahá’í communities in Canada to discuss the mounting evidence that the government in Iran is intent on suppressing the rights of its country’s Bahá’í community.

By the time the first session of Parliament ended back in June, four Members had individually spoken out in defence of the Bahá’ís in Iran, including one Member who introduced a private motion that explicitly called on the international community to convince the Iranian government to cease its discrimination against the Bahá’ís.

“The Bahá’ís have been oppressed solely because of religious intolerance. The progressive stands of the Bahá’ís on women’s issues [and] education have particularly infuriated Muslim clerics,” said the Honourable Bryon Wilfert to the House of Commons in June.

“The pattern of actions by the Iranian authorities is threatening,” he continued. “It is essential that Canada play a role in promoting human rights for Bahá’ís around the world.”

The Honourable Keith Martin and Louise Thibeault were the other two Members who referred to the human rights violations being carried out against Bahá’ís in Iran. The Honourable Alexa McDonough introduced the private member’s motion urging Canada to take a lead role in convincing the Iranian government to stop discriminating against its country’s religious minorities.

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