[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:] Siasat-e Ma

[Date:] 26 Ordibehsht 1334 [17 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 655

 

The minister of interior stated, “We do not inspect the opinions, but that action will be taken in accordance with the law against those whose employment record explicitly mentions their following the Baha’i faith.”

The Parliamentary Proceeding

At 9:30 a.m. today, a private session of the National Consultative Assembly was convened at the request of the government, chaired by Mr. Sardar Fakher Hekmat.

Mr. Alam, the minister of interior, stated, “We have tried our best to maintain order, and fortunately, we have succeeded.” (Excellent – Yes) “… and to prevent the activities of the perverted groups we have laws … that the government will use.”

At this time, the speaker read a report on the order to the governors and governors general that the Christian-Jewish-Zoroastrian minorities are recognized according to the constitution, and added that other than these minorities, whoever propagates a religion should be strictly prevented by law.

Mr. Alam reiterated that, “…we do not investigate, but those whose employment record explicitly mentions being a Baha’i will be dealt with in accordance with the law.”

Mr. Seyyed Ahmad Safaei spoke about the fact that Ayatollah Borujerdi had warned the National Consultative Assembly to declare the Baha’i sect illegal.

Mr. Noureddin-e Emami spoke about the confiscation of Baha’i properties, adding that they should not be confiscated. Messrs. Amidi Nouri and Sadegh Sarmad also commented on this.

Dr. Shahkar stated, “Maintaining security and preventing convulsions is the duty of the executive branch; it is imperative to protect the constitution, second [in importance] to the Holy Quran.” …

Mr. Ardalan stated that the government should issue a statement on this issue independently and that the issuance of the circular was too small.

Mr. Shooshtari, confirming the statements of the minister of interior…. spoke about the fight against the Baha’is. Other deputies were also of the opinion that the name of the Baha’is must be explicitly mentioned in the circular of the Ministry of Interior.

The minister of interior mentioned that a telegram had been sent to the provincial centres and about their exclusion from the government offices; [he said], “We are busy studying it and …the necessary actions will take place. About their ownership right, we have to act in such a way that we are not accused of confiscation.”