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[Newspaper] Iran Times

 

U.S. Baha'i Office [of Public Affairs] announcement:

The U.S. Senate has condemned the persecution of the Baha'i community in Iran. The U.S. Congress had previously expressed support for the Baha'is in 1982.

Washington - Iran Times News Services:  The U.S. Baha'i Office of Public Affairs issued a statement saying that the U.S. Senate had passed a resolution condemning the persecution of Baha'is in Iran. This resolution, which was released on 15 June (25th Khordad), indicated that the U.S. Senate had unanimously passed the resolution concerning the Baha'is in Iran. The statement noted that the Baha'i resolution, which was introduced to the Senate by Senator John Hines and [supported by] 65 other senators, held the regime of Ayatollah Khomeini responsible for "the executions, arrests, seizure of properties, [and] deprivation from employment and pensions, among other pressures imposed on its minority Baha'i community, based purely on religious beliefs". The resolution calls on the president of the United States, in cooperation with responsible nations and the United Nations, to act on behalf of the Baha'is and [condemn] the government of Iran. The statement of the U.S. Baha'i Public Relations Office further quoted Senator Hines as saying that the U.S. Senate should not allow the Iran-Iraq war to “divert attention from an international tragedy whereby a small, peaceful religious minority is being persecuted.” The statement also noted that a similar resolution had been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on 22 May. President Reagan also publicly condemned religious pressures, and the United States government at the United Nations drew international attention to the situation of the Baha'is in Iran. The statement of the U.S. Baha'i Office mentioned that in 1982 the U.S. Congress had also supported the Baha'is in Iran, and that the United Nations Human Rights Commission and the European Parliament, as well as the Canadian, Australian, and several other parliaments, have also adopted resolutions in support of the Baha'i community of Iran.