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[Newspaper:] Guardian

[Date:] 10 September


UN panel accuses Iran of persecuting Baha'i sect

From Iain Guest in Geneva

A UN human rights ??? yesterday accused the Iranian Government of persecuting the Bahai' religious sect.

The resolution came less than a week after the group decided that the Khomeini regime should not be indicted for systematic violation of human rights.

There are 300,000 Bahai's in Iran, making it the largest minority religion, but since it emerged after the prophet Muhammad, it is not recognized in the Constitution, and its members are not protected.

Seventy-seven Bahai's have been executed in Iran since 1978, and the pace has quickened in the last three months. Although the regime claims the Bahai's are involved with terrorism, 90 per cent of those executed were heads of local Bahai's communities, and their names were on a list of 4,500 seized when the Bahai's headquarters in Tehran were sacked. Ten thousand Baha'is in Iran are homeless, and an another 10,000 have fled the cucountry. …




















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