Thursday, August 14, 2008

More Fraudulent Claims & Threats Against Nobel Peace Prize Winner

An article in the Baha'i World News Service exposes the recent propaganda and "fraudulent claims" in the Iranian news media intended to stir up "irrational fears and prejudices" among the masses towards anyone who attempts to defend the rights of the Baha'is. Furthermore, in today's there was a report on additional accusations and threats in the Iranian media directed at Mrs. Ebadi.

The full text of the BWNS article is posted below:

Iranian media attacks on Baha'is and Nobel Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi seek to stir “irrational fears and prejudices”
12 August 2008

NEW YORK — Fraudulent claims in the Iranian news media about seven imprisoned Baha'i leaders and the efforts of Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi and others to defend them represent an effort by the government to prevent Baha'is from having adequate legal representation – and also to stir up “irrational fears and prejudices,” the Baha'i International Community said in a statement today.

“Reports published in government-run news outlets point to an effort on the part of the authorities to use the mass media to spread accusations that the seven prisoners have engaged in subversive activities, and to continue to deprive these Baha’is from any access to legal counsel by maligning Mrs. Shirin Ebadi, the well-known Iranian human rights lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner who, together with her colleagues, has stated her readiness to defend the Baha’is,” said the statement.

The statement, posted to the Baha'i International Community’s United Nations Office Web site, responds to allegations that Mrs. Ebadi’s daughter has become a Baha'i, that Baha'is are agents of Zionism, and that when Iranian Baha'is communicate with the Baha'i Faith’s international governing body in Israel, it is somehow a “conspiracy.”

“The Iranian government seizes every means at its disposal to stigmatize the Baha’is and then, within the poisoned atmosphere it has itself created, when it wants to discredit someone, it asserts that the person is a Baha’i,” the statement said. “Mrs. Ebadi is not the first individual upon whom this tactic has been used. As a lawyer, Mrs. Ebadi defends individuals and groups of many different backgrounds; this does not mean that she necessarily espouses their beliefs. What, then, is the state-sanctioned press trying to insinuate when it contends that her daughter is a Baha’i?”

The full statement can be read at:


  1. the history rpeated again , same idea . لGod with this strong lady & sure god will protect her daughter & donot surprise that in near future u willfound iran governemnt said mrs Sherin has become bahai too. we faced same process here in Egypt with our lawyers & human right activist who defended our case .Remember this divine words:
    "سوف يغلب ما اراد الله وسترى الارض جنة الابهى"

  2. Actually she was accused of being a Baha'i, as reported in this article.

  3. That is interesting that she is accused of being a Bahai... and in an unrelated matter there is this right-wing American website that is accusing a politician in the United States of being a Bahai...

    If the accusation wasn't so absurd it would be scary...


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