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[Newspaper:] South China Morning Post

[Date:] Saturday, 27 June 1981


Amnesty: 1,600 executed


London, June 26. – More than 1,600 people have been executed in Iran since the February 1979 Islamic revolution and at least 32 have died in the latest wave of executions over the ouster of President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, Amnesty International said yesterday. …

Iran's largest religious minority, the Bahais, are facing mounting danger, including execution, in the wake of the ouster of President Bani-Sadr, a top Bahai leader warned in Bangkok last night.

Marco Kappenberger, the faith's delegate to the United Nations in Geneva, appealed for urgent action to prevent what he called a new round of persecution amid "the latest upsurge in Iran's confusion, anarchy and fanaticism."

Mr Kappenberger, in Bangkok on a private visit, told a hastily-called news conference that Iran's top Islamic court had approved the execution of seven leading Bahais, including two doctors, on June 14 in Hamadan, Mr Bani-Sadr's birthplace.

He expressed fear that the decline and fall of Mr Bani-Sadr would clear the way for fanatic elements to push ahead with alleged plans to wipe out the faith in Iran.

According to information made available at the news conference, there are about 450,000 Bahais in Iran, but unlike the Christians who number 200,000, Jews (60,000) and Zoroastrians (20,000) they are not officially recognized by the Islamic regime.

– AP and AFP













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