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[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:] Bahaism In Iran
[Date:] 15 Ordibehesht 1397 [5 May 2018]
Baha’i[sm] and Baha’is Have No Official Status in Iran
Bahaism In Iran – The recent remarks of our foreign minister, Mr. Zarif, about the rights of minorities have been met with different [kinds of] exploitation by the media. Some of these media outlets, pretending to be asleep on the text of the law of the Islamic Republic of Iran, apparently aim to project and confuse public opinion. First, we look at some of these words:
“Being a Baha’i is not a crime. We do not recognize anyone as a Baha’i or the Baha’i religion, and of course we do not imprison anyone for being Baha’i. But being a Baha’i cannot make anyone safe from the crime they have committed.”
Mr. Zarif has a very logical rule. He explicitly states that being a Baha’i is not a crime, and if any of the Baha’is are arrested, it is for a crime committed not because of being a Baha’i. He points to a more important point: “The regime of the Islamic Republic does not recognize anyone as a Baha’i or [recognize] a Baha’i religion.”
It seems that one of the most explicit positions on the issue of Baha’ism in Iran is what the esteemed foreign minister has stated. Of course, it must be admitted that the legal personality of the speaker has also added weight to this position. Moreover, it should be added that this firm stance is accompanied by the support of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
According to the law of the Islamic Republic of Iran, only the official religion of the country is allowed to be publicly propagated, and if another religion, which is in the minority, acts outside its limits, [or] performs religious rites and ceremonies (such as [in a] synagogue [or] church), this act is recognized as propaganda and is considered a crime and they are dealt with according to the law. According to Articles 13, 14 and 26 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Baha’ism is not even considered a religious minority in Iran, and as a result, propaganda and invitation to Baha’ism in Iran is against the law.
Now, some dissident media outlets have launched propaganda attacks, confusing the content and ignoring the law. We do not understand which law is meant by these media.
Baha’is always ignore the law in order to show [themselves as] being oppressed and extorted, even contrary to the opinion of the leader of their sect (Baha’u’llah), who gives a strict order to obey the law and the ruling system of the country, [and] they always ignore the above law and their cry for human rights is loud! Now, if a Baha’i individual has committed a crime other than the one mentioned above (sect propaganda), they still pretend [to be] falling asleep and become deaf and dumb, [acting] as if the law criminalizes [them for] being a Baha’i, and do not talk about other crimes committed by Baha’is who are being prosecuted like their Muslim compatriots.