Several Canadians in the legal profession have written to Iran’s chief justice denouncing court orders legalizing the seizure of lands owned by members of the Baha’i religious minority. Members of this minority have been persecuted for over a hundred years. Canada has previously spoken out about the persecution of and admitted about 2,300 Baha’is after the 1979 revolution in Iran. There are now more than 35,000 followers in Canada. The United Nations and numerous human rights organizations have in the past protested against the violation of Baha’i rights in Iran.