Senator Barbara Boxer's reply to my letter
Dear Ms. Shortt:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the treatment of the Bahá'í community in Iran. I appreciate the opportunity to respond to your views on this troubling situation.
I share your concern regarding the systematic discrimination faced by the Bahá'í and other religious minorities in Iran. For decades, the government of Iran has repressed and persecuted members of the Bahá'í faith in violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights.
As you may know, in February 2009 the Iranian government charged seven leaders of the Iranian Bahá'í community with espionage and propaganda against the Islamic Republic. These Bahá'í community leaders had been detained for nine months without access to legal counsel. Thirty other Bahá'ís remain imprisoned in Iran because of their religion. The United States has condemned these actions, urging Iranian authorities to release all religious minorities currently detained for the peaceful exercise of their religious beliefs.
As a strong advocate of international human rights and religious freedom, I am deeply concerned about these recent events and Iran's continued persecution of the Bahá'í community. Please be assured that
I will keep your views in mind should legislation regarding the Iranian Bahá'í come before the Senate in the 111th Congress.
Thank you for writing, and I hope you will continue to be in touch with me about matters of importance to you.
United States Senator
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