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[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]

 

[Newspaper:] Kayhan-e Havaei

[Date:] Wednesday, 30 Azar 1367 - 21 December 1988 - 11 Jumada al-Awwal 1409

[Issue No.:] 808

 

Human Rights a Great Deception to Eradicate the Joint Crimes of Iraq and the West

… Of course, Radio Voice of America has succeeded in using the Baha’is to prove its claims, but the identity of these Western supporters makes it unnecessary for us to address them…

… Amnesty International also has evidence that the human rights of Baha’i citizens in Iran have been violated.

Voice of America, on 19 Azar 1367 [10 December 1988], reported that the Baha’i National Assembly was held in one of the buildings of the American Congress and was supporting the human rights …

Voice of America reported about the history of the emergence of the Baha’is, their political organizations and colonial goals to justify the interests of the foreigners in Iran, which was nothing more than a disgrace for the claimants of human rights.

Voice of America [said]: “Today marks the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights…This anniversary is celebrated by those who have worked tirelessly to promote human rights and defend freedom of expression, belief and religion… which included the America Baha’i community…. The correspondent of Voice of America-Farsi had prepared a report from a ceremony that was held a few days ago by the Baha’i National Assembly in one of the U.S. congressional buildings…

The first speaker at the event was Mr. John Porter, a Republican in the House of Representatives from Illinois … He said, “This is the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights… and there is no more visible example of human rights violations, than the treatment of the Baha’is in Iran… The American people and the world … are aware of the situation of the Baha’is of Iran… A couple of days ago, I mentioned the Baha’is in a very distant place … In a Protestant church on the outskirts of Budapest, where there were about seven to eight hundred Hungarians, who had fled the persecution of Nicolae Ceaușescu … What drew the attention of those present at that church, who were unfamiliar with the name Baha’i, was the [principle] that, no matter that what group we are talking about, [whether] Baha’is from Iran, Christians and Jews from Russia or the black population from South Africa, or the Hungarians …, their human rights are indispensable…

I hope one day we can go to Iran and see the Baha’is worshipping freely and far from any terror and persecution of the regime …”

Finally, I asked Dr. Firouz Kazemzadeh, a member of the American Baha’i [National] Assembly, what role the American Baha’i community played in the recent resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations on human rights abuses in Iran? He said, “Let me say that the Baha’i community in America cooperated with the Baha’is from other countries such as Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Australia, and especially Norway. Baha’is in all these countries had expressed their expectations to their representatives to the United Nations [that they would] support this Resolution.”

He went on to explain why the persecution of Baha’is has declined slightly in recent months: “I always used to think that the government of Iran would, after a while, realize that the Iranian Baha’is have no bad opinion of the government; they are not anti-Revolution, they are not terrorists and neither are they foreign servants, and of course, some time was necessary. Now, I hope that as a result of all that has happened to Iran and the Iranian people, it will become clear to the Iranian government that Baha’is are not a political group. They are not against the Iranian government and they are not the enemy of the Iranian nation, because they themselves are Iranians and they love their homeland.”