[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]
[Newsletter:] Iran Times
[Date:] Friday, 27 Dey 1364 [17 January 1986]
[Issue No.:] 739
Violation of Human Rights: Execution of the Baha’is and the Mojahedin-e Khalgh [People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran]
Under the leadership of Khomeini, the leaders of the national Baha’i community are facing death penalties, which are issued for them automatically. Up to now, approximately 200 Baha’is have been executed. Reports received show that one of them, on the night when the discussions of the United Nations were in progress, was sent to the firing squad.
While there are uncertainties regarding the political aims of the Mojahedin-e-Khalgh’s organization at the very least, their human grievances need more attention than ever before from the United States Department of State or the United Nations.
From: Wall Street Journal
Translation: Iran Times, foreign services
The government of Iran, under the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini, can easily be placed amongst the most abhorrent regimes in the world. Its crimes and offences have even caused an official discussion to take place in the General Assembly of the United Nations. However the method of action of the Security Council shows that, more than being worried about the rights of people, it is concerned about the moves of the voting groups and its own administrative challenges.
The persecution and harassment in Iran have been established in such a way that the government of the ayatollah had even created an organization for this matter. The Baha’is are victims more recognised in the West than others. They are the followers of Baha’u’llah, the prophet of the nineteenth century, who was talking about the unity and the establishment of a world government. The Shi’ite mullahs considered his words as the worst case of apostasy.
Baha’is, even during the pro-West regime of the shah, always had difficult days in Iran, but the fanatical Khomeini strongly persecutes them.
Under the leadership of Khomeini, the national leaders of the Baha’i community are faced with death orders which are issued automatically for them. Up to now, approximately 200 Baha’is have been executed. The reports received show that one of them was sent to the firing squad on the same night that discussions of the United Nations were underway.
Their economic [harassment] is more tactical. The Baha’i families are being dismissed from their jobs and [their children] cannot have access to school and education. Those who were employed and have received salaries are forced to return all the money they had received previously from the government. As the Baha’i community has many wealthy families in Iran, this harassment sometimes looks like extortion and racketeering…