The scapegoating of Iran's Baha'is
http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/01/1 ... ewart.html
Since the Islamic Republic of Iran came to power in 1979, however, persecution has taken on an even more threatening form.
More than 200 Baha'is have been executed or assassinated, hundreds have been imprisoned, and holy places have been destroyed or confiscated.
This suggests a systematic effort to drive Baha'is from the country altogether, which is why this trial is feared to be just the start of a much wider wave of persecution unless international protests can make Tehran back off.
This week, Canada added its voice to many countries, notably the U.S. and European nations condemning the trial.
"It is deplorable that these individuals were detailed on the sole basis of their faith and have been denied a fair trail," Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon, protested in a statement.
"Iranian officials have recently made statements linking the seven to political unrest. These are unfair accusations and cause concern for the safety and well-being of the seven Baha'is and of all those unjustly detained in Iran."
Going on to call this a "troubling trend," Cannon displays classic Canadian diplomatic bureaucratese at its most milquetoast.
What he really should be saying is that this is a horrifying development for all those who care about human rights in the world.
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