[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:] Adyannet

[Date:] 23 Farvardin 1393 [12 April 2014]

 

The Crime of Baha’is Imprisoned in Iran

Adyannet – The question that may have occupied the minds of many is, “If Baha’is in Iran enjoy all civil rights and civil liberties, why are some of them in prison?”

The answer to this question is clear. Every country and society has laws by which all members of society must abide, regardless of their religion or profession. If someone kills, steals or acts as a spy against the security of a country, he is found guilty and tried, this has nothing to do with his religion or profession.

Some Baha’is are imprisoned in Iran, not because they are Baha’is, but because of espionage, riots, and so on…like others, who are imprisoned for these crimes and are not Baha’is.

[It is true that] Iran does not recognize Baha’ism as a religion, because the Baha’is have neither a holy book nor a divine prophet, but they enjoy all human rights and have not been tried in any court for being Baha’is. Judicial officials in the country emphasize [the same thing]―including Hojatoleslam Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, who said, in response to allegations of human rights violations in Iran, regarding the trial of Baha’is, “We consider the Baha’is to be British-made, and if any Baha’is are tried, it has been for spying for the usurping Zionist regime”.

Raisi said, “These individuals were not tried for being Baha’is, but for being spies.” He added, “The European Union has raised the issue of human rights in Iran, while today the Islamic Republic is in the position of claimant, and the dominant regime is in the position of the defendant.”