[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

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[Undated Newspaper Clip]

Newly Approved Bills! “Medical Services Organization Dissolved[1]

The employment of individuals from Unrecognized Minorities in the Armed Forces is prohibited.  Employees and workers in governmental agencies can be included in the State Employment Act.  Soldiers and Non-Commission officers will be paid their dues [in accordance with their] rank.

[The Islamic Republic of Iran’s] Revolutionary Council approved eleven bills proposed by ministries and governmental agencies and forwarded them to the ministries for implementation.

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[Sub-header] Employment of individuals from Unrecognized Minorities Prohibited. 

According to another legal bill which has been passed by the Revolutionary Council, employment of individuals in the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic who are not adherents of either Islam, Zoroastrianism, Judaism or Christianity is absolutely forbidden.

As stipulated in one addendum of this Bill, individuals who do not believe in one of the religions specified in this Act and who were previously employed by the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran can remain in service, provided that they be guided to and sincerely accept Islam; otherwise they will be dismissed.  And in accordance with another addendum, retirees, [and other] salaried pensioners of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran who are not adherents of one of the religions specified in this Act, will also be deprived of their wages, unless they are guided to and sincerely accept Islam.

Impoverished non-commissioned officers, non-military employees and those of similar employment ranking, retirees, salaried employees and pensioners are exempt from this addendum.

 

Criteria for guidance to and acceptance of Islam is the submission of written documentation by a religious authority attesting the recantation and denial of [the individual’s] previous beliefs, adherence to the true religion of Islam, and the publication of same in one of the country’s highly circulated newspapers.

 

 

 

[1] [This Organization was dissolved through a Bill on 12/9/1358 (3 December 1979)]