[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:] Welayatnet

[Date:] 24 Farvardin 1394 [13 April 2015]

 

Have Baha’is Been Persecuted in the Islamic Republic of Iran?

Abstract: Given that Baha’ism is a perverse sect and its history of espionage for Israel has been confirmed, the government also deprived them of some social, and not individual, facilities. The Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution ratified laws restricting the cultural activities of the Baha’is...

Have Baha’is in the Islamic Republic of Iran been persecuted, killed and massacred because of their beliefs?

According to Article 13 of the Constitution, pagans and followers of false religions such as Wahhabism, Baha’ism, and Babism do not enjoy the rights set forth in Article 13. The Baha’is, who, during the Pahlavi era, were able to gain great power and wealth for themselves by using the power of the imperialist state and spying for the Zionist regime, were created from the beginning to break the principal religious authority and dismantle the system of religious authority.

The position of the Baha’is towards the Islamic Revolution:

One of the positions adopted by the Baha’is against the Islamic Republic of Iran was the use of oppression and propaganda [to maintain] that their rights as a religious minority had been violated.

How the Islamic Republic interacted with the Baha’is:

In Dey 1357 [December 1978/January 1979], Dr. Cockroft, a professor at Rutgers University in the United States, met with Imam Khomeini and conducted an interview about the Baha’is. In this interview, he asked whether there was any political or religious freedom for Baha’is in the future government. Imam Khomeini responded, “Freedom will not be given to people who are harmful to the country.” In another question, he asked, would they be given freedoms for their religious ceremonies? In response, the imam said, “No.” According to the imam, Baha’ism, as a party, not a religion, had the task of spying for Israel. Naturally, no country will be willing to release the spy of another country in its own country to do whatever he wants.

Conclusion: For the reasons mentioned, the regime has never officially recognized Baha’ism, and given that the Baha’is were a perverse sect and that they had a history of spying for Israel, the government also deprived them of some social, and not individual, facilities. The Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution ratified laws restricting Baha’i cultural activities. Among other matters, they will not be expelled from the country for no reason and they will not be arrested, imprisoned and punished, but the regime will treat them in such a way that their progress is blocked. They should also be provided with a standard of living, normal living facilities and public rights, such as other Iranian citizens enjoy, i.e. passports, burial permits, work permits and the like, as long as it would not be an encouragement for Baha’ism.