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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]
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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Newspaper:] Kayhan London
[Date:] Thursday 7 Esfand 1365 – 26 February 1987
[Issue No.:] 137
Report of the United States of America State Department on Human Rights
470 people were executed by firing squad in Islamic Republic prisons
The State Department of the United States of America, in a report on the state of human rights in Iran, announced that the Islamic government continues with persecutions and oppression of the religious minority oppositions and favouring the rights of the Shia majority.
According to this report, 470 were executed by firing squad in the Islamic Republic’s prisons in 1985, and it appears that the real number of those executed is much higher than this.
The report claims that stoning of women and men is back in practice; torture and sexual assaults persist widely in prisons, and the Islamic Republic has taken on a specialty for dismembering the hands and legs of car thieves. Regarding the religious minorities, it is also said that about 200 Baha’is were executed and 800 more are in the Islamic regime’s prisons.