UK Court demolishes Iranian-Baha'i couple's claims against Iran: Say they carried out religious teaching activities against the wishes of Govt.

The hearing was for granting asylum to an Iranian Bahai couple by UK state Department. The case was heard at Bradford on 27 April 2006 Before SENIOR IMMIGRATION JUDGE Mr. LANE , Mr.ROBERTS and Mr. MACDONALD

The Iranian Bahai couple was the appellant and the secretary of State Home department (UK) was the respondent.

The case is an eyeopener against Bahai propaganda on alleged atrocities in Iran. The learnt judge have demolished all appeals of the Bahai couple against the government of Iran. The comments of the learned judges would be guidance to other judiciaries, in times to come, for realizing the truth.


The Case

The appellant, a citizen of Iran born on 29 August 1953, entered the United Kingdom on 23 April 2005 using a twelve-month visitor’s multi-visa, which was valid from 14 February 2005 to 14 February 2006. He was accompanied by his wife. On 10 October 2005, the appellant claimed asylum. On 16 November 2005 the respondent decided (i) to vary the appellant's leave to enter the United Kingdom, so as to terminate that leave, and (ii) that the appellant should be removed to Iran by way of directions. The appellant appealed against that decision on the grounds that his removal from the United Kingdom in consequence of it would breach the United Kingdom’s obligations under the Refugee Convention and would be unlawful under section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998 as being incompatible with the appellant's rights under the ECHR.

A. Iranian Bahai Claim: Baha’is in Iran face substantial discrimination, which extends beyond the purely religious field to such matters as education, work, ownership of property and access to justice.

Tribunal's assessment:

The evidence does not, however, show that the nature and prevalence of this discrimination is of such intensity and generality as to amount to persecution for the purposes of the Refugee Convention. It is significant that none of the outside observers who have had cause to consider the situation of Baha’is has formed the conclusion that a person is at real risk of persecution in Iran merely by reason of being a Baha’i. That includes Baha’is who practise their faith. Whilst the use of such language by the couple is understandable, it does not compel a conclusion on the part of this Tribunal that any Iranian Baha’i, practising or not, who makes his or her way to the United Kingdom, should without more investigation be accorded international protection.

B. Iranian Bahai Claim

The appellant Doctor by profession claims to fear persecution in Iran on account of their being Bahais.. The appellant was arrested in 1983 on charges relating to his activities as a Baha’i, and sentenced to ten years imprisonment by the Revolutionary Court. He was released in 1989, having served some five years eight months of his sentence.

In 1998 the appellant was (again) arrested in connection with his activities as a lecturer at the Baha’i Institute of Higher Education. The appellant was sentenced to ten years imprisonment by the Revolutionary Court. After fourteen months and fourteen days, the appellant was released by the Court of Appeal, which the appellant ascribed in part, to international pressure on Iran to improve the treatment of Baha’is.

In July 2004 the appellant was arrested at home whilst hosting a devotional meeting involving a form of Baha’i teaching developed by an organisation known as the Ruhi Institute. Ruhi teaching enables non-Baha’i people to become familiar with the Baha’i faith. One of those present at the devotional meeting was a Muslim who had informally converted to the Baha’i faith. The appellant's wife was also arrested and accused of converting Muslims to that faith. The appellant was released on bail after two nights in detention.

Tribunal's assessment :

Putting that matter aside, both the appellant and his wife were able to study and become doctors and, albeit with difficulty, practice their profession in a variety of places in Iran. The confiscation of their home was, we find, most likely to have been an aspect of the authorities’ adverse attention towards the appellant as a result for what they perceived to be his teaching and community activities. The appellants were able to travel abroad and return without significant difficulties. We say so, bearing in mind what the appellant and his wife described as an unpleasant incident at the airport when they returned to Iran in 2001.

C. Iranian Bahai Claim. Bahais are being harassed in Iran, in particular, under the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was elected in June 2005 and who, it is clear from the evidence, pursued a more conservative and uncompromising set of policies than those of his predecessor.

Tribunal's assessment :

The fact is, nevertheless, that according to the latest reports, relatively few Baha’is are being arrested and imprisoned, considering the overall size (300-350,000) of the Baha’i community in Iran. As we have already noted, even Human Rights Watch, in its 2006 report, goes no further than to opine that Iran’s ethnic and religious minorities ‘are subject to discrimination and, in some cases, persecution’. The express reference to the Baha’is, which follows this quotation, refers to the community continuing ‘to be denied permission to worship or engage in communal affairs in a public manner’. That Baha’is are able to pursue their religious observances in domestic settings is clear. It is many years since they were last permitted in general to worship in public halls and the like. The evidence before us does not show such a flagrant denial of a Baha’i’s freedom of religion as to amount to an effective denial for that right

D. Iranian Bahai Claim : Baha’is are on occasion deprived of their rights to property,

Tribunal's assessment: 

1-The evidence before us does not show that any Baha’i, regardless of his or her circumstances, is at real risk of being deprived of his or her home or business. The evidence before us as to the Iranian state’s attitude towards the recognition of Baha’i marriages is, we have to say, somewhat unclear. On the appellant's own account, and that of his wife, official attitudes appear to fluctuate. Overall, the Tribunal does not find that the evidence discloses such a state of affairs as, when combined with the other matters to which we have referred, can properly lead to the conclusion that a Baha’i is entitled to protection under the Refugee Convention or the ECHR should he or she make such a claim to the authorities in this country.

2- As a consequence of these findings, the Tribunal has considered whether the evidence shows that a particular description or category of Baha’i in Iran is currently at real risk of persecution or other serious ill-treatment or whether the undoubted persecution that certain Baha’is suffer, such as those imprisoned for their faith, is merely random or otherwise so unpredictable as to prevent any particular Baha’i being identified in advance as being at real risk. At the hearing, Mr. De Mello, Mr Leith and Mr Wheatley (all Bahais) sought to emphasize the importance of the information contained at paragraph 25 of Mr. Leith’s statement - There are believed to be 300,000-350,000 Baha'is in Iran. We clearly do not expect the Iranian authorities to prosecute all of them.

E.Iranian Bahai Claim: While interrogating one of the Baha'is arrested 2005, an intelligence agent stated: ‘We have learned how to confront (the Baha'is). We no longer pursue ordinary (Baha'is); we will paralyze your inner core.’ The comment seems to define the current strategy of the Iranian authorities in their latest attempt to undermine the long-term viability of the Baha’i community. The new policy is characterized by identifying and targeting a group of Baha'is who play an ad hoc but vital role in providing communal activity and leadership for the wider community’.

Tribunal's assessment

1- Taking the appellant's account at face value for the moment, he told us that he ceased to work on behalf of the Institute, at their suggestion, after he had been released from his second sentence of imprisonment. His evidence was, however, to the effect that he had nevertheless pursued the promotion of the Baha’i faith by means of the teaching system produced by the Ruhy Institute.

2- The Tribunal has adopted a cautious approach to what is said to have been the comments of the Iranian intelligence agent, as set out in paragraph 25 of Mr. Leith’s report. Although he possesses undoubted considerable knowledge of the position of Baha’is in Iran, Mr. Leith is not (and no doubt would not claim to be) an impartial observer. His job is to foster the interests of his co-religionists in Iran. Furthermore, the comments of the intelligence agent are unsourced. Both Mr. Leith and Mr. Wheatley told us that they were received as part of the ongoing system of contacts and information-gathering operated by the external affairs office of the National Spiritual Assembly for the Baha’is in the United Kingdom.(Unquote - this could imply high level of espionage that faith members indulge)

3- The Tribunal has no reason to doubt that Mr. Leith has, at paragraph 25 of his report, accurately described what he has been told was said to a Baha’i by someone operating within the intelligence community within Iran. The real question is whether the comments are reasonably likely to represent present Iranian government policy or, given the complex nature of the Iranian state security apparatus, the policy of some form of organization that is sponsored or at least condoned by those in power and which is able to act against those Baha’is which are regarded as ‘inner core’.

4- For these reasons the Tribunal is able to place some weight on the comment recorded in paragraph 25 of Mr. Leith’s statement. The fact remains, however, that as matters stand it is only a single comment, from an unnamed individual, whose alleged words have, it seems, not been passed directly to Mr. Leith by the person to whom they were spoken. It would accordingly be going too far to use the statement as the basis of a conclusion that all Baha’is, who comprise, or are regarded by the Iranian state security apparatus as comprising, an “inner core” are as such at current real risk of persecution. On the other hand, we do not consider that the totality of the evidence in this appeal does no more than show that some Baha’is are randomly persecuted and the appellant is a person who happens to have been so persecuted. The appellant has been an active teacher and has suffered previous sentences of imprisonment for what were plainly religious reasons. That is essentially accepted by the respondent. The credibility of the appellant’s claim to be in current well-founded fear was challenged by the respondent at the hearing on the basis that the alleged telephone conversation and other evidence of renewed adverse interest in the appellant by the authorities since he last left Iran were not believable. Whilst not accepting that there is evidence of a concerted policy to take out the inner core of the Baha’i community in Iran, we nevertheless find that, having regard to the current political situation, the background evidence and the evidence of Messrs Leith and Wheatley, shorn of its more rhetorical aspects, provide support for the appellant in assessing the credibility of that part of his claim which was challenged by Mrs. Petterson.

The Tribunal's conclusions may be summarized as follows:-

(a) an Iranian Baha’i is not, as such, at real risk of persecution in Iran;

(b) such a person will, however, be able to demonstrate a well-founded fear if, on the particular facts of the case, he or she is reasonably likely to be targeted by the Iranian authorities (or their agents) for religious reasons. Evidence of past persecution will be of particular relevance in this regard. It is doubtful if a person who has not previously come to the serious adverse attention of the authorities, by reason of his or her teaching or particular organizational or other activities on behalf of the Baja’s community in Iran, will be able, even in the current climate, to show that he or she will be at real risk on return.
 
Date: 24 April 2006

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Image Courtesy : http://www.jcwi.org.uk/2011/09/15/the-real-deal-for-asylum-seekers

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Kisaasi (Uganda) residents protest Bahais' refusal to allow road construction

Residents of Kisaasi -Kikaya Zone in Kampala have held a peaceful demonstration against the Bahai Worship Centre for refusing KCCA and Energo Construction company to construct a road through their land until they are compensated Ushs3 billion. [$US1.1 million]


http://www.ntvuganda.co.ug/news/local/19/oct/2014/kisaasi-residents-protest-bahais-refusal-allow-road-construction#sthash.uk3ccLGe.dpbs

Christian Priests, Buddhists Monks and Government Officials Unite in Sri Lanka to Stop the Deceptive Baha’i Activities

Culprit Counselor Omid Seiosansian in Sri Lanka

It is reported by a disenchanted Sri Lankan Baha'i that their activities in Sri Lanka have come under the scanner and they have been asked to immediately stop their deceptive activities against Sri Lankan children and youths or face the consequences.

The Baha’i activities were guided from a well known Drug Peddler’s House in the name of Spiritualization Program. The Police officers then searched the Baha’i Houses for names of the children and contacts and source of funding.

The Official of Children Rights and The National Integrity Development Officer, along with The Buddhists Monks of the Temple the Christian Father of the Bolawalana Church, the Police department of Nagambo Police station and about 50 Villagers of Akkara Panaha area have asked the Baha’is to clarify the following complaints against them:

1.    Baha’is are distributing religious literature to children and youths.
2.    Misguiding the youths in the name of Spiritualization Programs.
3.    Inculcating bad habits amongst children of smoking, drugs and pre-marital sex.
4.    Contacting children below 15 years without the permission of their Guardians.
5.    Asking youth to accept Baha’i Religion and not to inform about it to their parents.
6.    What is their source of Funding?


The gathering asked a lot of questions and went through materials of Children Classes and Spiritualization Programs. With vague answer from the Baha’i representatives that they are working for spiritual transformation of children and adults, the Monks and the Father of the church asked that Why do the Baha’is feel that the Christian and Buddhist children only require spiritual transformation? Why they are not carrying out such activities with Baha’i children? They were unable to substantiate their answers with logic to which the Religious leader warned the Baha’is not to indulge in such malpractice with non-Baha’i children or face the consequences.

The Buddhist Monks, Christian Priests and the Government officials along with villagers warned them to stop their so called Spiritual and Moral activities. Baha’is produced the legality of their activities by saying we have freedom of spreading the Faith to which the Police retorted : Does this freedom of religion gives you the permission and authority of contacting small children and youths while they themselves are unable to decide anything better for themselves ? The police officer warned that if the activities are not stopped immediately they will have to bring court orders against the activities.

On being asked Why the Baha’is are bothered about the children of other Faiths although they themselves have a high degree of immorality present. They answered that we receive our orders from our World Center at Haifa via UK and India. The situation turned aggressive. The timely intervention of the Police helped in turning the situation Ugly.

Police also informed that they have received information from the Department of Immigration & Emigration that some foreigners from India and Malaysia were staying in Baha’i centre. A foreigner is a regular visitor to the Baha’i centre.

Police got more suspicion about it and raided the Baha’i centre which was the house of a well known Drug Peddler Mr. Ishara and houses of Baha’is from where they gathered very damaging and sensitive information about Baha’i activities. Police immediately arrested a number of Baha’is for disturbing the peace of the locality and carrying out Anti-National Activities. Documents related with findings from UK, India and Israel were also seized.

The police is further investigating the matter.

HYPOCRISY : Baha'i Principle - Abolishing the Extremes of Poverty and Wealth!!!!

One of the most striking examples of injustice in the world today is the grave imbalance in economic and material conditions. A relatively small percentage of humankind has immense wealth, while the majority of the world's population lives in dire poverty and misery. (BIC)



O CHILDREN OF DUST!
Tell the rich of the midnight sighing of the poor, lest heedlessness lead them into the path of destruction, and deprive them of the Tree of Wealth.
NINETEEN DAY BAHA'I FEAST




Baha'u'llah and Animals !

Courtesy and politeness are moral and ethical values that all true Prophets and Messengers of God advocate and abide too. Baha’is claim that their leader Baha’u’llah, has put a great emphasis on this topic. They cite quotes from him such as:

“O people of God! I admonish you to observe courtesy, for above all else it is the prince of virtues. Well is it with him who is illumined with the light of courtesy and is attired with the vesture of uprightness. Whoso is endued with courtesy hath indeed attained a sublime station.” (Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah Revealed After the Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 88)

The question is: was Baha’u’llah a courteous man himself and referred to other people with courtesy and politeness? Apparently not. Baha’u’llah refers to those who denied him and his enemies as pigs, donkeys, and dogs. He calls the followers of the Bab who refused to acknowledge him donkeys:

یا ایها الحمیر حق آنچه بفرماید حق است و بکلمات مشرکین باطل نشود

“Oh you donkeys! Whatever God says is the truth and will not become void by the words of the polytheists (deniers of Baha’ism).” (Baha’u’llah, Kitab-i badi`, p. 174 [see scan below])


He referred to his enemies as dogs and beasts:
“Encompassed as I am at this time by the dogs of the earth and the beasts of every land, concealed as I remain in the hidden habitation of Mine inner Being.” (Baha’u’llah, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 4

In the midst of criticizing a person by the name of Shaykh Abdu’l-Husayn, Baha’u’llah refers to him as a pig and says:

اف لک یا خنزیر و بما اکتسبت یداک
“Woe unto you pig for what you have committed. (Abdu’l-Hamid Ishraq Khavari, Rahiq-i makhtum, p. 27 [see scan below])

(Click on image for larger picture)

These words are uttered by the same Baha’u’llah that states:
“We, verily, have chosen courtesy, and made it the true mark of such as are nigh unto Him. Courtesy, is, in truth, a raiment which fitteth all men, whether young or old. Well is it with him that adorneth his temple therewith, and woe unto him who is deprived of this great bounty.” (Baha’u’llah, Proclamation of Baha’u’llah, p. 20)

Baha’is deem it appropriate for their leader to refer to those that deny him as pigs, dogs, and donkeys. How will they react if a non-Baha’i calls a Baha’i a pig, dog, or donkey? Without doubt, great outrage will ensue.

Research : http://www.avazedohol.com/eng/index.php/articles?layout=edit&id=86
Animal Image Courtesy : Getty Images

Baha'is Stop Paying Funds! The richest "Baha'i family" in Australia can take care of 10 such Baha'i World Centres.

THE family behind some of Queensland’s most striking landmarks has rejoined the ranks of the state’s richest people.

Sunland property group founder Soheil Abedian and his family return to Queensland’s Top 150 Rich List – to be published in The Sunday Mail this weekend – after a five-year absence.

The 65-year-old and his son Sahba, 39 – Sunland’s managing director – developed the Palazzo Versace resort and Q1 – then the world’s tallest residential tower – on the Gold Coast.


http://www.couriermail.com.au/business/sunland-property-group-founder-soheil-abedian-and-his-family-return-to-queenslands-top-150-rich-list-only-in-the-sunday-mail/story-fnihsps3-1227051682443

Baha’is seek minority status in India


Press Trust of India

Right : One of the leader of Baha'i Group in India Mrs. Faride Vahedi (marked with red spot).
Left : Baha'is converting Indian Hindus just outside a Hindu temple.
New Delhi, Aug 22: Groups representing the Baha’is and Kashmiri Pandits have sought minority status for the two communities.

Delegations of the two communities today met Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah with the demand that they be conferred with minority status, which has been so far given to Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists and Jains, an official statement said.

“Heptulla met a delegation of the Jammu & Kashmir Vichar Manch. The delegation led by Manch’s president Sanjay Ganjoo met the minister seeking minority status for the Kashmiri Pandits,” it said.
The Baha’i delegation comprised Nelakshi Rajkhowa and Farida Wahidi.

The government has so far accorded minority status only to minority religious communities. Pandits are officially considered Hindus while the Baha’is share some Islamic beliefs but see themselves as a separate religious group.

http://www.risingkashmir.com/kashmiri-pandits-bahais-seek-minority-status/

Abdu'l Baha and Ku Klux Klan !


Video : The life of a Newly Converted Baha'i.

وزير الداخلية حسين المجالي : الأردن رفض ترخيص الطائفة البهائية

Interior Minister Mr. Husain Al-Majali refused to recognize the Baha'i cult in Jordan 

http://www.jordanzad.com/index.php?page=article&id=164659
Translation : The minister in front of the House of Representatives on Wednesday (02-07-2014) declared that his government has rejected the Baha'i appeal to grant their cult a Non-Muslim, minority "Religion Status" in Jordan. About other 11 christian sects he has removed 2 sects from the list and did not gave his decision about the remaining 9 christian sects.

Interior Minister Mr. Husain Al-Majali refused to recognize the Baha'i cult in Jordan. United States is again worried. See the condemnation of United States in its so called "Human Rights" report of this country. US is interested in having the Baha'i nets everywhere in the Muslim world. After gaining success in Indonesia, they are now behind Jordan and pressurizing the Jordanian Government to recognize this cult as a Religion.


http://photos.state.gov/libraries/jordan/231771/PDFs/09_hr_jordan.pdf
If you are interested in the translation of the above text. Please help yourself with google translate. Thank you.

Following are the two links where Baha'is are teaching the Arab Muslims about the Holy Quran and Islam !!!!! They say, this way they are building a better society and establishing unity!! I say do this in Israel. Teach Zionist Israelis about Baha'u'llah and your universal peace!

http://www.farstretchingriver.com/
http://thedayunique.blogspot.com/
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