Iran: The circumstances under which the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is would deprive someone of his or her voting privileges and the consequences for the person whose voting privileges were removed
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||25 October 2000|
|Citation / Document Symbol||IRN35504.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Iran: The circumstances under which the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is would deprive someone of his or her voting privileges and the consequences for the person whose voting privileges were removed, 25 October 2000, IRN35504.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3df4be4320.html [accessed 5 July 2015]|
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On 25 October 2000 a representative of the Baha'i Community of Canada stated that there has been no Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is in Iran, and hence no community elections, since the inception of the Islamic Republic. The representative stated, however, that in Canada a Baha'i could be stripped of his or her "administrative rights" (including the right to vote) only for flagrant and repeated violations of Baha'i law, and only after the person ignored or failed to respond to counselling from the Baha'i community's administrative body. The representative gave the following examples of violations of Baha'i law which could lead to suspension of administrative rights: drinking alcohol, marrying without parental permission, and denying one's Baha'i faith. Administrative rights can be restored if the person demonstrates his or her willingness to abide by Baha'i law.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Baha'i Community of Canada, Ottawa. 25 October 2000. Telephone interview with a representative.