[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:] Sufi Info

[Date:] 9 Mordad 1398 [31 July 2019]

 

Ministerial Meeting to Promote Religious Freedom in Washington

The presence of the legal team of the International Organization to Preserve Human Rights on the second day of a ministerial meeting to promote religious freedom in Washington

On 26 Tir 1398 [17 July 2009], on the second day of the ministerial meeting to promote religious freedom in the world, held in Washington, D.C., the violation of the rights of religious diversity around the world was discussed, and representatives of various religious groups under pressure around the world, including Yazidis, Baha’is, Christians, Sufis, and others attended the meeting.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Ms. Sharareh Afshari, a representative of the International Organization to Preserve Human Rights, spoke with a number of high-ranking U.S. officials, including State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortegus, about the violation of Gonabadi dervishes’ rights and the siege of Dr. Nour Ali Tabandeh and the inhumane conditions imposed on this religious community in Iran.

Hamid Gharagozloo, another representative of the International Organization to Preserve Human Rights, met with Christina Arigana, U.S. Government high representative for the defence of religion and belief, and Stephen Pinkos, senior advisor to the vice president, on the side-lines, where he gave a conference and described the dire situation of the Iranian people, who have been oppressed by the totalitarian regime in Iran for many years due to their beliefs.

In his conversations with high-ranking U.S. officials, Mr. Gharagozloo described the brutal confinement of Dr. Nour Ali Tabandeh, the Qotb of Gonabadi dervishes [the ultimate leader], and the plight of this religious group, Sunni compatriots, Baha’i compatriots, and the confinement of Dr. Mohammad Ali Taheri, who was placed under house arrest after his release from prison and banned from leaving the country, as examples of violations of Iranian rights by the ruling regime.

On the sidelines of the first day of the meeting, which was attended by ministers and representatives of 115 countries, Hamid Gharagozloo spoke with Sam Brownback, the United States ambassador at large for [international] religious freedom, about the gross and ongoing violation of the rights of religious diversity by the ruling regime in Iran, and presented him with a complete report.