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


[Adapted from website:] Fars News Agency

[Date:] 21 Farvardin 1393 [10 April 2014]


First Deputy of the Judiciary:

No one has been tried for being a Baha’i/Baha’is Are Accused of Spying

The first deputy of the Judiciary said that no one had been tried for being a Baha’i: “The Baha’is who have been tried are accused of spying for the Zionist regime.”

According to the Fars News Agency from Mashhad, Hojjatol-Islam Seyyed Ebrahim Raiesi stated this afternoon, on the side-lines of a meeting of the chiefs of staff and provincial directors of the National Property and Deeds Registration Office, regarding the trial of the Baha’is, “We consider the Baha’is to be British-made, and if any of the Baha’is has been tried, he has been accused of spying for the usurping Zionist regime.”

Saying that these people had not been tried for being Baha’is, but rather for being spies, he added that the European Union has raised the issue of human rights in Iran, while today the regime of the Islamic Republic is a plaintiff and the dominant system must be accused. We have a long list of human rights violations by various governments, especially the United States [of America].

He added, “The French treatment of the people of Africa and the treatment by the Americans in the Abu Ghraib prison, are clear evidences of human rights violations.”

Raiesi said, “The whole purpose of the European Union is for us to give up our core, which is Islam, but we will never abandon the enlightened laws of Islam, whether the West likes it or not.”

He added, “We claim human rights, but unfortunately there is no fair international tribunal that is not ruled by a system of domination.”

This responsible authority continued, “Our officials are expressing this issue in various forums, but it must be dealt with in a fair international tribunal.”

“Today, the way to deal with human rights violations is through resistance, and this is the way that people of Lebanon and Syria are treading,” Raiesi said.