[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]

 

[Newspaper:] Press section - Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in London

[Date:] 23 Dey 1359 [13 January 1981]

 

In His Name, The Most High

“O Believers, if an evildoer brings you a piece of news, inquire first, in case you should unwittingly wrong others and then repent of what you have done.” Quran - Sura: Al-Hujurat

“All our misfortunes are from America” - Imam Khomeini

What has been the talk of all imperialist circles in the recent days, spread through their mercenary media [which] are bound to work for the benefit of the super-powers, is the issue of executions in Iran and condemnation of these so-called executions through different organizations, all of which are under the influence of international imperialism and Zionism, even though acting under “non-governmental”…

One of the purposes of the propaganda of Western mercenaries these days is to back the misguided and Zionist-fabricated sect of Bahaism, with the intention of spreading this claim in the world by blasting their trumpets, [declaring] that these people are penalized merely for their beliefs; while the number of executed members of this sect is just a handful. And yet it is interesting that the believers of this sect are declared as tens of thousands in number. The question should be put to them that if these people are executed for their beliefs, then why is it that the number of executed members of this sect does not exceed a handful, and why is it that the vast majority of those executed in Iran are supposed Muslims? Does this imply that Muslims were penalized for their beliefs? The Islamic Republic of Iran, as stated a number of times, does not execute anyone merely for their belief and belonging to a certain religion, and what matters to Iran is the actions of the perpetrators and not their beliefs.

Considering our dear fellow-citizens being distant from the country’s inside climate, we make mention of a small portion of barbaric actions of those penalized in present-day Iran, hoping that fellow-citizen brothers and sisters will investigate, with regards to the Verse at the top of this article, any news heard from mercenary sources, and by getting familiar with the tricks of the enemies of Islam, Iran and the Revolution, and avoid being influenced by their biased propaganda …

[Wishing you victory and steadfastness]

Press section of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in London