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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] Adyannet

[Date:] 26 Shahrivar 1395 [16 September 2016]

 

Contradiction in American Human Rights; Support of the Baha’is and the Saudi regime!

Adyannet – A subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa in the U.S. House of Representatives, in a unanimous vote, passed a resolution calling on the U.S. president to impose sanctions on those Iranian officials who are involved in repression of the Baha’is of Iran. The resolution issued by the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, on 26 Shahrivar [16 September], while condemning the Iranian government for prosecuting some Baha’is, stated, “Iran continues to ignore the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

Mrs. Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican representative from California, emphasized in part of her statement, “We cannot turn a blind eye to the suffering of the Iranian people under the leadership of the supreme leader of Iran and the moderate government of Hassan Rouhani.” The subcommittee’s resolution was issued a week after an open letter from the Baha’i community.

In order to clarify this issue, we need to mention two important points:

First point: According to the statistics announced by the Baha’i centres, the followers of this sect in Iran are reported to [number between] around 100,000 to 300,000 people, a small number of whom, due to espionage and violation of the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran (a law that even their own sect requires them to abide by) are under prosecution. So the guilty Baha’is, like other people, are punished if they break the law. It is not possible to refrain from their rightful punishment because they are a minority or because of the uneasiness of the superpowers.

Second point: What now amazes the truth-seekers is the U.S. government’s simultaneous support for the Saudi criminal regime in Saudi Arabia (in which the most basic principles of democracy and human rights do not mean anything) and for reprimanding the Islamic Republic of Iran for arresting and being strict with a number of Baha’i spies.

Therefore, it can be concluded that even if there is no possible evidence of Baha’i espionage, the mere fact of American support is sufficient for them to be considered spies. The Americans’ raising the human rights issue is only a means to put pressure on the Islamic regime of Iran and not to assert the rights of the Baha’is.