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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Newspaper:] Ettelaat

[Date:] Twenty-third of Dey 1364 - Second Jumada l-Ula 1406 - 13 January 1986

[Issue No.:] 17788


Documents of the Den of Espionage

America’s Inability to Deny Realization of Human Rights in Iran ...

Document No. (39)

... Iran’s human rights practices...

... During the year, the religious minorities put behind [them] periods of great concern for their well-being. With the execution of Habib Elghanian, the prominent Jew, and violent attacks against Israel and Zionism, Iranian Jews felt that they were seriously threatened. Similarly, when a group of the population invaded a Baha’i place of worship and the government seized assets of the Baha’i community, members of this sect also felt threatened. In the layout of the new constitution, as in the old constitution, Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians are formally recognized, but Baha’s are not recognized as a religious minority. The government has repeatedly stated that religious minorities will not be subject to persecution and harassment and their rights will be protected, and only those who are accused of specific violations will be arrested and prosecuted. There is no evidence of persecution and harassment by the government, but lack of control by the state government has caused some groups that call themselves “awake” to act against the minorities. For example, an attack against the Baha’is’ place of worship in Shiraz took place...