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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Newspaper:] Iran Times International
[Date:] Friday, 5 April 1991
[Issue No.:] 3
The report by the special representative of the United Nations Human Rights Commission regarding respect for human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran – 20
“Meeting with the Baha’is”
Three members of the Baha’i community said that their petition about the confiscation of their farms and other properties this year had received a positive reaction
The courts continue to refuse to hear petitions about inheritance rights from Baha’i heirs. . .
. . . H- Meeting with members of the Baha’i community
261- The special representative also met with three members of the Baha’i community, who, in principle, confirmed the previously received allegations. At the same time, these three members emphasized the government’s desire to resolve the existing problems and issues, and stated that the discrimination during the current year, particularly with respect to engaging in business and employment, had been limited to one specific case, and the petition of the Baha’is about the confiscation of the farms and other properties had received a positive response this year, even though only 24 individuals had been able to regain their confiscated properties. The applications for visas to leave the country have also received a positive response, and more Baha’is have been invited for interviews, which will likely result in passports being issued.
Baha’i students continue to be deprived of the right to receive a higher education and attend universities. However, those Baha’i students who were being prevented from attending the primary and secondary schools have now received permission to continue their studies at the level below university. The courts continue to refuse to hear petitions about inheritance rights from Baha’i heirs, and many Baha’is are deprived of engaging in commercial trade. At the same time, in some areas, permission is given to Baha’is to establish businesses. With regards to the issue of a cemetery, Baha’is are still not given official permission to own land for burial. Baha’i physicians are only allowed to accept private patients and do not have the right to see insured patients or make use of the country’s social security benefits. Baha’i lawyers are not able to join the Bar Association or the courts. In the discussions with these three members of the Baha’i community, reference was also made to the issue of accessing financial credit or being appointed to high-level positions. The degrees in higher education obtained from outside of Iran were also discussed. A woman who had conducted scholarly research for many years related how she was expelled from Tehran University along with other Baha’i professors, all of whom now try to make a living by driving trucks.
262- Regarding the removal of the prohibition of Baha’i gatherings, the positive change in the position of the government of Iran has been the fact that gatherings of fewer than 15 people are now permitted so that they can celebrate their 19-day Feasts. With regards to memorials and mourning events, there is no restriction on the number of participants. In addition, Baha’i households have obtained public food ration booklets, and permission has been given to them to connect their phones, as telephone connection for Baha’i families was cut off for several years. Finally, the laws regarding married individuals due for military service, now also apply to the married Baha’is….