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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Iran Times International

[Date:] Friday, 26 Shahrivar 1378 [17 September 1999]

[Issue No.:] 1453

 

In its first annual report on freedom of religion, the United States accused the Islamic Republic of “ill-treatment and intolerance” toward religious minorities in Iran.

In the report of the U.S. Foreign Ministry, cases of religious intolerance against all minorities in Iran, except for Zoroastrians, were enumerated.

Washington—Iran Times News Service: In a report on religious intolerance in various countries of the world, published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, 18 Shahrivar [9 September], it was announced that the intolerance toward the religious minorities and the diversity of religion in Iran is “very widespread,” and religious minorities in Iran are being discriminated against in various ways, particularly in employment and housing.

Nevertheless, in this report, the extensive deprivations that are enforced against the Baha’i community in Iran were emphasized more than the others, and the U.S. Foreign Ministry wrote, “The Islamic Republic has decided to ‘destroy’ Baha’is as a religious minority in Iran.” 

The U.S. Foreign Ministry wrote in its report: “The government of Iran has devised systematic and coordinated policies for destroying Baha’is through lengthy detentions of members of the Baha’i community.”

In this report, the U.S. Foreign Ministry wrote that a policy similar to what is being carried out against the Baha’i community in Iran is also being carried out in Iraq through executions and random and lengthy detentions against the Shia community in that country. Saudi Arabia has also been accused of discriminating against the Shia minority in that country. In this report, it has also been pointed out that minorities are subject to extensive religious discrimination in Arab countries and in Israel. . .

The U.S. Foreign Ministry dedicated 12 pages of its 1,000-page report on the religious intolerance in 194 countries of the world to the situation in Iran. In it, reference is made most of all to the discrimination against the Baha’is, then to that against the Christians, the Jews and the Sunnis. The only group that has apparently not been touched by discrimination is the Zoroastrians in Iran.