[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]


[Adapted from website:] Mehr News Agency

[Date:] 11 Khordad 1390 [1 June 2011]


Raised in a Special Meeting:

Larijani’s Explanations About Qisas [retaliation in kind―an eye for an eye] and Stoning/Islam and the Law of Interpretation in Iran

The Secretary of the High Council of Human Rights of the Judiciary in a special session on human rights, explaining the [punishments] of Qisas, amputation, stoning, and the type of abuse of these rulings by Westerners, said, “Some of these laws are interpreted in the West, but in Iran the interpretation is based on Islam and the constitution.”

According to the Mehr correspondent, before noon on Wednesday, in a special meeting on human rights, Mohammad-Javad Larijani said, “Some of the obligations and provisions in the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights are in contradiction with the provisions of laws in Iran; for example, in the interpretation of the right of a man and a woman in the family to have a partner, the West says that a man or a woman can choose a partner other than his or her opposite sex. Based on this interpretation, in the future, a cat can probably marry a human being…

“We have accepted some of the Western treaties on human rights, but this is not a reason to leave its interpretation to the West,” said [Larijani], the adviser to the Judiciary. “The West says that every human being can change his religion or propagate a new religion,” he said. “In Iran, there is freedom of religion and the followers of Baha’ism, which is not a religion at all, live and trade freely in Iran and have made good money; however, these Baha’is do not have the right to propagate their religion, and it is forbidden in Iran. In this case, the late Imam Khomeini was also asked and he said that religions in Iran live according to the citizenship contract, but have no right to propagate...”