[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:] Kayhan-e Havaie
[Date:] 26 Dey 1369 - 16 January 1991
[Issue No.:] 914
A Reflection on the Report of [Reynaldo] Galindo Pohl...
... Mr. Galindo Pohl, in order to prove that people are intimidated by their statements, in paragraph 288 of his report, said, “Many people that were interviewed, either at the office of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) or in the hotel, expressed similar fears. This is another testament to the peoples’uncertainty and scepticism about the possible consequences of their actions. Even members of parliament feel similar hesitation. Mr. Haerizadeh, a member of parliament for Birjand, said, “I don't feel safe enough to say what I want to say”.
According to Article 23 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, “Inspection of belief and opinions is prohibited and no one can be reprimanded merely for having certain opinions.” And according to Article 9 of the Constitution, “…no official authority has the right to inflict the slightest damage on Iran’s political, cultural, economic, military independence and territorial integrity in the name of using freedom ...”.
Despite the fact that the Constitution is explicit, it is not clear why Mr. Haerizadeh publishes such material from the tribune of the Islamic Consultative Assembly. So far, he has spoken out against anyone who wants to speak in parliament, and in the end he has shouted that it is suppression!
Citing Mr. Haerizadeh’s remarks would be the best evidence that Mr. Galindo Pohl’s report is not true, since a live broadcast of the speeches before the order of the members of parliament, including his own speech, shows the freedom of expression. Of course, according to the law, those who have been subject to slander have the right to present their complaint to the judiciary.
Paragraph 289 of Mr. Galindo Pohl’s report states: “About the situation of the Baha’is, nine of them still remain in prison. However, no Baha’is have been executed within the recent months…The government must be urged to take effective measures to ensure that these Iranian citizens enjoy all the same civil and political rights as other members of the nation.”
This part of the report is also completely dictated and seems to be imposed. There are only nine people from the perverse Baha’i sect in the prison. Among all the prisoners with various crimes, what is the purpose of including such a worthless matter in the report of Mr. Galindo Pohl? Why are the crimes of these nine people not included in the report? Certainly, such magnifications make it impossible to present a fair report.
In the end, it should be noted that there are many other issues in Mr. Galindo Pohl’s report that show contradictions and his lack of proper understanding of the situation in Iran. And the above examples have been selected merely for the peoples’ judgment of such a biased report.
1) J 1 News Agency – 25 Azar 1369 [16 December 1990]