The Bahá'ís Of Iran
Keywords:Iran, Canada, Baháʼí refugees, religious persecution, private sponsorship
The Baháʼís of Iran concerns the Iranian Baháʼí situation since the Islamic revolution in lran in 1979-1980. This article begins with a brief résumé of events in 1980 and 1981 which led to the Canadian Baháʼí community becoming involved in the private sponsorship of refugees. This article then discusses the Canadian Baháʼí refugee program of the 1980s, including the relationship of the Baháʼí community of Canada with the Canadian government and the growth of the initially national program into one of global proportions. Reasons for the persecution of Baháʼís in Iran are explained, as is the nature of the persecution. In the 1991 secret Government memorandum the Baháʼí Question is noted, and details are provided regarding last autumn's raids on homes involved with the Baháʼí Institute for Higher Education. The reader is then brought up to date regarding the current private sponsorship of refugees by the Baháʼí Community of Canada. This article concludes with a short comment regarding remedies.
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