[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:] Javan Online

[Date:] 18 Esfand 1396 [9 March 2018]

 

Rouhani’s Assistant Claimed 40 Years’ Violation of Human Rights of The Regime!

Molaverdi: After four decades, we must change course and adhere to minimum human rights standards

 

Matin Zahedi

“After four decades of these procedures, we should change course and adhere to the minimum human rights standards.” This is the statement of Shahindokht Molaverdi, the special assistant to the president for citizenship rights. In a media interview, Molaverdi promised to pursue the interests of sects such as Baha’ism through the Charter of Citizenship. The remarks of the special assistant to the president on citizenship were made while she herself is aware of the reading of the words and sentences [under which] she was employed. As she said, “If I were not holding a government position, I would definitely have made a more explicit statement than this!”

She cites the temporary filtering of telegrams as an example of the violation or disregarding of some human rights that inevitably took place during the recent unrest. In response to a question about the rights of Baha’is, she promised the establishment of the National Citizenship Rights Organization, and said, “With the establishment of this organization, we will witness an important change in accelerating the realization of citizenship rights!” It is clear to all officials of the Islamic Republic, from the beginning until now, and in accordance with the Constitution of our country, that the Baha’i sect is not a religious group or minority that wants to have religious rights.

There are two possibilities for Mrs. Molaverdi in making such statements: first, she does not know what her words mean and [how they] read, which seems unlikely given her background and field of study―and if this is the case, a review of her position and responsibilities should [take place]―but the second possibility is that Molaverdi knows well what she is saying; no doubt the international institutions and governments opposed to the Islamic Republic of Iran will be very pleased with these statements, because without any apprehension, these words of the special assistant will provide them with new excuses to put pressure on the Iranian nation and government, and these services will never be forgotten!