[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]
[Adopted from website:] Kayhan Newspaper
[Date:] 19 Ordibehesht 1385 [9 May 2006]
Rooz Net and Exit of the Baha’is From Under the Microscope (Special News)
The Rooz Net website expressed concern about the “difficult situation of the Baha’is” in Iran.
This website, which is run under the auspices of the likes of Masoud Behnoud and Shirin Ebadi, and has, in a short period of time, become one of the main centres of media activity against the Islamic Republic of Iran, was quoted in yesterday’s issue of [a newsletter from] the French Baha’i Association, showing concern about restrictions on Baha’is in Iran.
“According to reports, 350,000 Baha’is (?!), have been subjected to severe security surveillance in Iran,” said Rooz Net, which seeks to portray the fake and colonial Baha’i sect as a “religious minority.” Rooz Net, as it was ridiculously trying to portray the Baha’is as a large minority, announced the issuance of special instructions on the Baha’is, quoting Asma Jahangir, special rapporteur on [freedom of religion and belief of the United Nations] Human Rights Commission. It writes: “The situation of the Baha’is in Iran is deteriorating day by day. It is feared that more pressure will be imposed on them.”
It should be noted that Baha’is in Iran have always been a small and detested minority, and their connections with Western security organizations, especially the Zionist regime, and their involvement in conspiracies against Iran form a major part of their record.