Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March 18th in Baha'i History

1992 Word of the secret execution of Mr. Bahman Samandari in Irán is made known, the first execution since 1988.

With sorrowful hearts we have received information of the execution in Evin Prison in Tehran on March 18, 1992, of Mr. Bahman Samandari, member of a distinguished Bahá'í  family who had been active in the affairs of the Bahá'í community. No reason for his execution has been given by the judicial or prison authorities, nor have they disclosed the location of his grave.
This tragic surprise is the more shocking for the fact that the whole matter has been shrouded in secrecy....
It is a source of outrage to the international Bahá'í community that after a cessation of executions of Bahá'ís for a period of three and a half years, such a brutal act could again be perpetrated against an innocent community. It belies the position publicly and repeatedly affirmed by the Iranian government that Bahá'ís are not being persecuted for their religious beliefs. April 8, 1992

                (The Universal House of Justice, A Wider Horizon, Selected Letters 1983-1992, p. 118)

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