[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]

 

[Newspaper:] Iran Times Beinol-Melali

[Date:] Friday 15 Aban 1366 [6 November 1987]

[Issue No:] 833

[Page:] 3

 

The United Nations in their report, stated that in one year, 100 people have been executed in Iran because of their beliefs.

The Secretary General has mentioned that the number of the executions in Iran has diminished in the last 2 years.

 

Iran Times News Service, Washington: The Secretary General of the United Nations in a communication to the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations, stated that the Islamic Republic has executed 100 accused individuals for their political and religious beliefs.

 

In a report on behalf of Javier Perez de Cuellar, the Secretary General of the Organization of the United Nations, given to the Economic & Social Council, it was announced that according to the presented claims, during the last year, the regime of Ayatollah Khomeini, has executed 100 individuals for their political and religious beliefs and has continued with torture and ill-treatment of its opponents.

 

The Secretary General of the United Nations in its report has reiterated that the claims on the violation of Human Rights by the regime of Ayatollah Khomeini continue to be one of the concerning points of the Organization.  Nevertheless, in the report, it indicates that on the matter of executions in Iran in the last 2 years, this has been reduced.

 

This report has been prepared by Reynaldo Galindo Pohl, who is the Social representative of the United Nations, an El Salvadorian citizen.  The Correspondent of the United Press wrote that in order to prepare this report he had consulted with many Iranians who have escaped from their country, where they have described to him the nature of their detention and imprisonment.

 

In this report there is a mention that most of the time the individuals are beaten immediately after being detained. Yet these specific persons, have claimed that most of the time, they have been tortured during the investigation. Examples of the type of tortures, beatings with a cable to every part of the body, depriving them from eating and sleeping, play-acting their execution in the presence of their spouses could be mentioned.

 

According to the report, Tehran has strongly denied the practice of such tortures. However it has been emphatically mentioned in the report, that the association of the Islamic Republic regime with the United Nations [findings] regarding the human rights violations has not been ‘thorough’.

 

The Secretary General of the United Nations has added in his report that, according to the information received by the Social representative of the United Nation during the period of October 1986 and September 1987, 100 individuals have been executed in Iran, because of their political and religious beliefs. Adding to these claims, most of the individuals have been tortured before their execution.

 

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In another section of this report, it is stated that in addition to what they have been subjected to by way of torture and ill-treatment, in some instances, the offenders who have been incited by the religious leaders, have murdered the followers of the Baha’i Faith and no action has been taken for their prosecution by the relevant authorities in Iran.

 

In the report, it has been emphasized that the Shia regime of Ayatollah Khomeini has declared the Baha’i Faith to be a heretic religion and has declared it illegal. The 300,000 followers of this Faith accuse the Khomeini regime of killing and execution, and systematically abusing and prosecuting the Baha’is.

 

In the stated report, it was pointed out that 200 Baha’is have been imprisoned from July 1987 up to now, for their religious belief.