[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:] Jomhouri-e Eslami

[Date:] 2 Mordad 1361 [24 July 1982]

[Issue No.:] 910

 

Following the meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva with the participation of the representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran, presided over by Hojjatol-Eslam Seyyed Hadi Khosrowshahi, the ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Vatican, some biased questions were raised by the envoys of Jordan, Tunisia, Canada and Iraq. Yesterday, Mr. Khosrowshahi gave a speech at the general assembly of the Committee, where he vehemently attacked the Committee, calling it the loudspeaker of the propagation of enemies of the Islamic Revolution.

The head of the Iranian delegation continued his remarks: “Another issue that stands at the top of some charges brought by these gentlemen against us, and was also repeated by four members of the Committee, wasting our time and that of the respectable members, was the question of Baha’ism, which is a totally different matter from our nation’s point of view. It looks as though Baha’is claim that 60 to 70 of their members have been executed; on the other hand, they maintain that there are 60- to 70,000 Baha’is in Iran. Therefore, one must ask why the rest have not been executed. 

Were those who were executed condemned as believers of Baha’ism? Have there been in Iran only those 60 or 70 Baha’is? No. Baha’is claim they do not partake in politics. All throughout the dark period of the Pahlavi government, together with international Zionism, they had the closest organic relationship with the shah’s regime, and they did not neglect for a moment to cooperate and collaborate in instituting strangulation, repression and suppression of the freedom-seekers of Iran. 

“The records left behind by SAVAK from the Imperial Court and confidential files all confirm the truth that some of their leaders were directors in the shah’s regime. Criminals such as General Ayadi, General Khademi, Abbas Hoveyda, Mansour Rouhani, Farrokhrou Parsa, Parviz Sabeti and tens of other individuals, were among the principal figures of the shah’s regime, and all of them were from among the Baha’is. This connection and affection extends to the point where, according to their own Assemblies’ records, the shah was called by them the Great or the Greatest Saviour.

“According to other documents of SAVAK, Baha’is have always received reports regarding the Iranian Army, the way armaments entered Iran, and the training of the shah’s parachutists. According to document number 10 of SAVAK, these documents would be sent to Israel, and Israel has been exploiting the Baha’is politically, economically and for intelligence. 

“According to SAVAK’s document number 11, Baha’is collected 120 million tumans and sent them to Haifa for suppression of Arab Muslims, and based on SAVAK’s report, the money was delivered to the Israeli Army; for that reason, Abdu’l-Nasser called them ‘Israel’s spies’.

“Hoveyda’s oil support to Israel prompted Israel to present him in return with a big piece of land [there], the report of which has been kept in Hoveyda’s file [in the] shah’s SAVAK. Therefore, those individual Baha’is who were Israel’s secret agents or were participants in the mass killing of the people in the shah’s regime, or had occupied a position like Hoveyda, were executed just like any other Muslim criminals. This [action] has never had, nor has it [now] any connection to the criminal’s belief.