[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:] Basij News Agency

[Date:] 4 Dey 1395 [24 December 2016]

 

Summarizing Citizenship Rights in the Baha’i Organization!

According to the Basij News Agency, citizens’ rights are among the issues that had a special place in Iran even before the president signed the charter, A clear example of this can be seen in the peaceful life of non-Muslim religious compatriots in Iran.

Meanwhile, with the publication of the news of the signing of the Charter of Citizenship Rights, the foreign Persian-language media, several times with their agenda, sought to create their own currents by showing conditions of insulting, humiliating or creating hatred towards ethnic groups and followers of [various] religions in Iran.

Another point [raised] by these networks is that this Charter of Citizenship Rights has no executive guarantee. In fact, all this negative propaganda is only to show a specific issue, which includes the freedom of Baha’i sectarian activities in this debate.

In this regard, Radio Farda writes:

“The situation of the Baha’is is even more difficult than that of the Sunnis, because this group is by no means recognized in the Islamic Republic and is under a lot of pressure, including being deprived of the right to education in addition to employment.”

It is worth mentioning that in recent days, media outlets such as Persian BBC, Radio Zamaneh, Radio Farda, etc., have tried to express the issue by [stating] that the situation in Iran was unsettled before the signing of the Charter of Citizenship Rights; now, with this Charter, the Baha’is may freely carry out their sectarian and organizational activities, and if the law deals with them, this is a violation of citizenship rights.