Senator Barbara Boxer's reply to my letter

I definitely didn't expect a reply from Ms. Boxer, but I'm grateful for the acknowledgment from my Congressional representative. Of course, I know SHE didn't actually write the email, but what's important is that her office is aware of the situation, and the Iranian government knows that the United States government is well aware of its activities. I'm continuing to pray for our Friends in that damnable prison, and whatever happens will all be for the Glory of the Cause of God in this Blessed Day.

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.

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

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