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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Newspaper:] Kayhan-e Havaei
[Date:] Wednesday, 28 Azar 1369 - 19 December 1990
[Issue No.:] 910
Foreign Radio Stations
Review of Interpretations of Reynaldo Galindo Pohl’s Report by Foreign Radio Stations
The West Uses the Lever of Human Rights to Put Pressure on Iran.
After the recent visit of Reynaldo Galindo Pohl to Iran in order to investigate the human rights situation in our country, we witnessed the publication of a far-from-reality report from him and his accompanying delegation, which followed the waves of propaganda against the Islamic Republic in the Western multimedia.
…The report also mentions the ill-treatment of the Baha’is; although in the previous report of Galindo Pohl, the report that mistreatment of the minority religions was one of principle claims related to violation of human rights in Iran was rejected by him and the favourable situation of the minority religions in Iran was confirmed.
In the recent report of the [UN] special rapporteur, it is also mentioned that no Baha’i has been executed and the number of [Baha’is] in prison has been reduced from 13 to nine.
It should be noted that Iran had previously announced that, “No one accused of following this perverse sect [Baha’i Faith], has been executed and those who have been executed were all spying for the occupier of the Quds region.”
… This American newspaper [Herald Tribune], in another section of its fundamental article, wrote, “The Islamic regime, with its disgusting methods, continues to persecute and torment the Baha’is. The followers of Baha’u’llah are being dismissed from work, losing their retirement entitlements, and their children are becoming deprived of entering the high schools [in Iran]. They force them to return all the salaries they have received as government employees if they are not ready to recant their religion.”
The investigations of Mr. Galindo Pohl have shown that the government’s treatment of Baha’i [citizens] has improved to such an extent that the number of them being imprisoned has been reduced and execution of the Baha’is has stopped. But it is not only Iranians who are suffering from this condition. The order for the murder of [Mr.] Salman Rushdie, the writer of the book, “The Satanic Verses”, is firmly in place and the kidnapping groups affiliated with the Islamic government of Iran in Lebanon still have Western hostages in captivity.
This newspaper has written at the end, “The response of the Islamic government to all these accusations could be that, in many third world countries, the situation is worse than this and the customary punishments in Iran stem from the Sharia laws of Islam, and if this kind of criticism continues, Iran will close its doors to the investigators from the United Nations Human Rights [Commission]. This is a response befitting other horrible republics, such as Iraq.
The topic that attracts attention in this regard is the intensification of the welcoming response of the groups against the Islamic Republic and their support of the report of the special rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, and after that, the report of Amnesty International, which had claimed violation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
It is necessary to mention that what has been condemned by this organization is the execution of smugglers and spreaders of corruption and perversion. Radio America 15 Azar 1369 [6 December 1990]
The resolution that was recently approved by one of the United Nations commissions regarding the human rights situation in Iran has received a positive response overall from the political groups opposed to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
A group of American senators, before the approval of this resolution, had requested the United Nations, in a statement, to expand its measures to prevent the violation of human rights in Iran.
The resolution of the United Nations was also welcomed by the National Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States.
We will hear more from the reporter of the Persian section of the Voice of America:
The Press Office of the Mojahedin-e Khalgh [People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran] of Iran in Washington, in a statement sent by the Office of the Mojahedin-e Khalgh of Iran in Baghdad, said, “Approval of the decision of the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly represents the failure of the Islamic Republic’s attempt to abolish UN supervision over the human rights situation in Iran.”
The National Assembly of the Baha’is of [the United States] expressed in a statement its satisfaction with the United Nations measures taken regarding the situation of human rights in Iran, and said, “The fact that Iran has acknowledged for the first time that there was a need to rectify its human rights abuses and the United Nations has voted to place the investigation of Iran’s human rights situation on its agenda again is major progress…”