[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

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

 

[Newspaper:] Ettelaat

Thursday 29/9/58 [20 December 1979] –

Number:  16031

 

New Bills Have Been Passed

Medical Service Organisation Disbanded.

 

Individuals who follow other than the [officially] recognised religions are banned from employment in the Armed Forces.  Employees and staff of government departments can be covered by the Public Services Employment Act for up to 6 months.  Conscripts and non-commissioned officers will be paid a [basic rate] for being called to serve.

 

The Revolutionary Council ratified 11 bills proposed by ministries and governmental departments and issued [notification] to ministries for enforcement.…

Bans on employing followers of other than the [officially] recognised religions.

 

In another bill, ratified by the Revolutionary Council, employment in the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of those who are not the followers of one the religions of Islam, Zoroastrianism, Judaism or Christianity have been strictly prohibited. In an addendum to this bill, it was stated that those who are not the followers of the religions clearly referred to in this law and are already employed in the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran will be retained if they agree to accept guidance and sincerely embrace Islam.  Otherwise, they will be dismissed. In another addendum, retirees and pensioners of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran would also be banned from receiving a salary if they are not the followers of the religions authorised by this law, unless they too agree to accept guidance and sincerely embrace Islam.

 

Non-commissioned officers and civilian staff of equivalent rank, retirees and pensioners are exempt from the provisions of the above mentioned addendum owing to [their] vulnerability.

 

The proof that guidance has been accepted and Islam sincerely embraced, can be provided by written evidence from one of the Religious Authorities, detailing the recanting of previous beliefs and embracing the indisputable religion of Islam. This must be publishing in one of the country’s newspapers that has a wide circulation…