Dallaire Expresses Concern for Baha'is of Iran

September 29, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service


On September 29, 2006 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "Romeo Dallaire, a Canadian senator and retired general who commanded the UN peacekeeping mission to Rwanda at the height of the genocide there, has issued a statement saying that the international community should be prepared to act to protect Iranian Baha'is from possible atrocities. 'In Iran, as in other areas like Darfur where evil is at work, the international community must be ready to act before civilians are harmed,' said General Dallaire, in a statement issued on 26 September 2006... General Dallaire pointed to the recent discovery of a secret letter from the Iranian military command headquarters to intelligence services, the army, police and the Revolutionary Guard, ordering them to draw up lists of Iranian Baha'is and put them under surveillance, as a key reason for his concern... General Dallaire also expressed concern over a government-sponsored media campaign against Baha'is in Iran... He also noted that there has been a rise in the arrest and arbitrary detention of Baha'is in Iran."