[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:] Radio Zamaneh

[Date:] 29 Dey 1387 [18 January 2009]

 

Warning About the Annihilation of Khavaran Cemetery[1]

The “Campaign Against the Destruction of Khavaran Cemetery” announced that part of the cemetery had been destroyed by the agents of the Islamic Republic.

The announcement comes after eyewitnesses reported that part of the cemetery was [destroyed] last week.

Reports from Tehran indicate that Islamic Republic officials pouring fresh soil have started to plant trees in part of the cemetery.

In a letter, the “Campaign Against the Destruction of Khavaran”, called on the UN high commissioner for human rights to prevent the destruction of Khavaran Cemetery.

The letter to the UN high commissioner for human rights reads, “We beg you to use all your power and resources to immediately prevent the destruction of this cemetery, which [hides] major criminal [evidence of torture and execution] and is a symbol of the historical memory of the Iranian people.”

Khavaran Cemetery is a plot of land in the southeast of Tehran where many victims of the 1367 [1988] massacre in the Islamic Republic are buried.

The “organization and reconstruction plan” of this cemetery, which started in 1384 [2005], has faced opposition by the victims’ survivors.

The families of the victims in 1367 [1988] have stated that they will agree to the implementation of this plan if the name and details, the manner and time of execution, and the manner and place of burial of the victims are clarified, a request that the officials of the Islamic Republic have, so far, remained quiet about.

In the month of Aban [October/November] of this year, some of the victims’ families wrote a letter to the UN high commissioner for human rights, urging him to work to end the crackdown on the survivors of the 1367 [1988] massacre by the Islamic Republic.

 

[1] [The former Baha’i cemetery in Tehran, known as Golestan-e-Javid]