[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]

 

[Adapted from website:] Iranian Labour News Agency [ILNA]

[Date:] 17 Farvardin 1393 [6 April 2014]

 

Javad Larijani, in an interview with ILNA:

Individuals are not tried or barred from studying merely because of being Baha’is

Officials have never dealt with the followers of this religion simply because they are Baha’is, because, according to the constitution, they believe that every Iranian citizen has rights and he cannot be deprived of the rights enshrined in the constitution.

The secretary general of the Judiciary for Human Rights denied any trial or ban on educating individuals simply because they were Baha’is, saying that the officials of the Islamic Republic recognize and protect the rights of Iranian citizens in accordance with the constitution.

Mohammad Javad Larijani denied any discrimination or violation of the rights of individuals because they are Baha’is, saying, “Human rights reports against Iran that minorities’ rights are not guaranteed are a blatant lie, and such statements are racist, sectarian and against human rights standards.”

Emphasizing that no one should be tried or barred from studying simply because he or she is a Baha’i, the secretary general of the Judiciary for Human Rights said, “It is forbidden to detain or ban people from education because of their colour, race or religion. In our country, many people are arrested, and they may be Twelver Shiites, but none of them are arrested because they are Shiite.”

He continued by stating that Baha’ism is not an official religion: “Officials have never dealt with the followers of this religion simply because they are Baha’is; according to the constitution, they believe that every Iranian citizen has rights and cannot be deprived of constitutional rights.”

In response to the question as to whether people who claim to be deprived of education simply because they are Baha’is can submit their documents to the Human Rights Headquarters for follow-up, Larijani said, “Reports submitted to the Human Rights Headquarters will be followed up and reviewed. If the rights of Iranian citizens are unjustly violated, they will surely be protected.”