Letter Instructs Iranian Revolutionary Guard to "Identify" and "Monitor" Baha'is

August 24, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service


On August 24, 2006 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "The text of a secret letter from Iranian military headquarters instructing commanders of various state intelligence services, police units, and the Revolutionary Guard to 'identify' and 'monitor' Baha'is has now been obtained and made available to the public. The letter, dated 29 October 2005 and signed by the Chairman of Command Headquarters of the Iranian Armed Forces, first came to public attention in March when its existence was announced by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights' Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ms. Asma Jahangir. Ms. Jahangir, who said the letter's contents made her 'highly concerned,' did not release the text of the letter. However, on 24 July, Amnesty International announced they had obtained it and were making it available."