[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 the site:] ICANA News Agency

[Date:] 24 Mehr 1394 [16 October 2015]

 

Baha’ism Is Not a Religious Minority / American Claims Are Political And False

The vice president of the National Security Commission of the parliament, denying the claim of the U.S. Department of State that religious freedom is violated in Iran, said, “Iran treats religious minorities democratically.”

In an interview with the correspondent for ICANA, Mansour Haghighatpour said, “This American claim is political and false, because not only are all religions inside Iran free, but also the Islamic Republic of Iran has a completely democratic attitude towards these people in the country.”

The member for Ardabil, Nir and Namin in the Islamic Consultative Assembly, stated, “The population of religious minorities in our country is not as large as one constituency; each minority has a representative in the Islamic Consultative Assembly and does the American government allow [the same] to its different religious minorities in its own country?

 

Baha’ism Is Not an Accepted Religious Minority in Iran

Haghighatpour said, “Religious minorities are recognized in Iran, of course. Baha’ism is a British-fabricated minority that is not recognized by the law of the Islamic Republic of Iran. These minorities are like the Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia; these two currents intend to destroy the Shia and Sunni sects, and in Iran they are not and will not be allowed to operate.

The vice president of the National Security Commission of the Islamic Consultative Assembly stated, “Americans should know that making other false claims will not put pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

It is worth mentioning that Marzieh Afkham, the spokesperson of our Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also described the report of the U.S. State Department on the alleged violation of religious freedom in various countries, including the Islamic Republic of Iran, as invalid and aimed at putting pressure on other countries.