[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:] Iran Times International

[Date:] Friday, 17 February 1984 – 28 Bahman 1362

[Issue No.:] 639

 

U.S.: The Human Rights Situation in Iran Is One of the Worst Examples in the World

Washington – The Iran Times International News Agency: The State Department of the United States announced in a detailed report on the human rights situation in different countries of the world in 1984 that last year, the human rights situation had worsened in many parts of the world, including the Soviet Union and Iran. The report says the level of pressure on Baha’is in Iran is unprecedented anywhere in the world.

The State Department released its 1983 annual report on the human rights situation to the U.S. Congress on Friday, 10 February….

Elliott Abrams, the U.S. deputy secretary of state for human rights…in this regard, said, “In countries such as the Soviet Union, Afghanistan, Iran, Cambodia and Cuba, governments violently oppress their citizens and they resort to methods such as illegal detention, torture and even murder.”

Referring to Iran, Abrams said that the attorney general of the Iranian Revolution had issued a ruling last August that all Baha’i religious activities were banned, and all Baha’is in Iran were persecuted. “Their situation in Iran is not comparable to anywhere else in the world” the U.S. deputy secretary of state said of the Baha’is in Iran.  

The US State Department report on Iran states ... that, “The pressure on the Baha’is in Iran has been greater than the persecution of other groups...”

On 8 February, Reuters News Agency wrote about Amnesty International’s declaration on the human rights situation in Iran: … “According to the organization, a number of people have been arrested in Iran for their political and religious beliefs…” Amnesty International says in a statement that the defendants are often unaware of their charges and they are not allowed to consult a lawyer. Most trials are held in secret and the accused has no right to request an investigation.