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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Newspaper:] Ettelaat

[Date:] 2/05/1360] - [24 July 1981]

[Issue No:] 16776

[Page:] 13

Domestic News


Response of the Iranian representative to the representatives of Jordan, Tunisia, and Iraq at the United Nations Human Rights Committee

Our people revolted on the basis of Islamic principles, not according to human rights

…The Baha’i Issue

According to this report, the head of the Iranian delegation went on to say, “The issue which is the primary allegations from many of the gentlemen, and which was repeated by five members of the Committee, and wasted our time and that of the other respected members, was the issue of Bahaism—an issue which, from our perspective, is completely different. 

“Apparently, Baha’is claim that 60 or 70 of them have been executed.  Moreover, they claim that there are 60 to 70,000 Baha’is in Iran.  This begs the question, therefore, of why the rest have not been executed.  Were those [Baha’is] executed because of their belief in the Baha’i sect? Or were those [who were executed] the only 60 to 70 Baha’is in Iran?  No.  Baha’is claim that they do not engage in politics.  However, all through the dark decades of the Pahlavi sovereignty, along with international Zionism, they had the closest organic association with the Shah’s regime, and did not miss any opportunity to actively collaborate and assist in stifling, repressing, and dominating the liberal people of Iran.

“Evidence remaining from SAVAK, the Shah’s court, and other confidential documents all testify to this truth:  that Baha’i leaders were among the major directors of the Shah’s regime.  Criminals such as General Ayadi, General Khademi, Abbas Hoveida, Mansour Rohani, Farokhrou Parsa, Parviz Sabeti, and many others were the main players in the Shah’s regime, all of whom were Baha’i leaders.  Their association and solidarity was so profound that the Baha’is, according to documented evidence from their Assemblies, gave the Shah the title ‘the Great Savior of Iran.’

“Further evidence from SAVAK shows that the Baha’is received reports related to the Iranian military, about the details of arms importation into Iran, and the training of Shah’s parachuters from the military.  According to document number 10 of SAVAK, these reports were shared with Israel, and Israel in turn exploited the Baha’is for their political and economic intelligence.

“Document number 11 of SAVAK indicates that Baha’is raised the sum of 120 million tuman, which was then sent to Haifa for the repression of Arab Muslims. According to SAVAK, this money was made available to the Israeli military; which is why Abdul Nasser called them spies of Israel.

“Hoveida’s support of Israel on oil resulted in Israel giving a large parcel of land in Israel to him, the evidence of which was in Hoveida’s file in SAVAK. Baha’is who were spies of Israel, or engaged under the Shah’s regime in the mass killing of people, or who were in charge of operations, such as Hoveida, were executed in the same manner as other criminals who pretended to be Muslims. This issue has no connection to the ideology of those who engaged in criminal activities.”

The head of the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran added, “On the first day of this Committee, we declared that any man-made law that contradicted the Divine law would not be accepted by us.”…