[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:] Fars News Agency

[Date:] 3 Ordibehesht 1398 [23 April 2019]

 

U.S. State Department Supports Baha’is in Yemen

In a new move, the State Department defended members of the perverse Bahai sect in Yemen and their leader.

According to Fars News Agency’s International Group, the U.S. State Department issued a statement on Monday supporting the Baha’is living in Yemen.

According to the Global Newswire website, State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus read the statement expressing deep concern in Washington over reports of continued arbitrary detention and torture of Baha’is by Houthis.

“The continuing pattern of Houthi insults, humiliation and ill-treatment of Baha’is must end,” the statement said in part.

In another part of its statement, the State Department continued to openly support the members of the perverse Baha’i sect, claiming freedom of religion, and also defending Hamed bin Haydara, the leader of the perverse sect in Yemen. Washington’s new move was met with a positive response from Anthony Vance, director [of the Office of Public Affairs] for the Baha’is of America.

The Baha’i sect is illegal in Yemen and [those] following it will be prosecuted.