Lost in discussions about Iran is any concern about the situation of the Baha’i sect which has many members in that nation. The Baha’i faith is viewed by Iranian officials as a heretical offshoot of the Muslim religion and since its inception during the 19th century its members have been persecuted and imprisoned. After the defeat of the Shah the new Muslim regime has increased its hostility toward Baha’is. During the past few weeks, six Baha’i leaders were arrested and sent to the notorious Evin prison which recalls similar events during the 1980s when several Baha’i leaders were executed on trumped up charges.
The Baha’i faith emphasizes a universality of people and works for world peace. Unfortunately, little attention has been paid to their plight since Baha’is feel powerless to aid their fellow countrymen in Iran.