[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:] Farman

[Date:] 26 Ordibehesht 1334 [17 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 896

 

Recent Developments Have No Impact on Foreign Investment in Iran

A senior official at the Ministry of National Economy, regarding the rumours of the withdrawal of capital investment by the foreign factories in Iran, told our correspondent, “Due to the fight which has begun against the Baha’i sect, the members of the said sect have spread rumours that since the foreign investors have observed the Iranian government’s pressure on a religious minority, they have withdrawn their capital investment in Iran.”

This rumour is completely false, since, first of all, the Baha’i sect is a minority sect and according to the Constitution, the three religious minorities of Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrian are recognized by the government of Iran and the government has always been the defender and supporter of their rights. And recently, [since] that fight against the Baha’i sect has started, there have been reports by the journalists visiting the political missions of Iran in foreign countries. According to a government order, the reporters were told that, “The Iranian government did not impose any restrictions on the official minorities, and in fact, nowhere in the world are official minorities under as much protection of the law as Iran, and those in Iran who call themselves Baha’is are not a religious minority, but a political sect. The high-ranking official of the Ministry of National Economy said in Tehran that most of the economic affiliations of embassies have been notified of this matter and we have informed them of the truth. Besides, during the recent weeks, new petitions have been received from various European countries and [the United States of] America for investment in Iran; of course, after the approval of the law on attracting foreign capital, they will be given a definite answer.