[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 Havaei

[Date:] Wednesday, 15 Farvardin 1369 [4 April 1990] 8 Ramadan 1410

[Issue No.:] 873

 

By Omitting Parts of the Statements of the United Nations Special Rapporteur to Human Rights Commission, the Iran Times Misinterpreted Galindo Pohl’s Report 

Tehran

Kayhan-e Havaei News Service

8 Farvardin [1369] [28 March 1990]

The Iran Times Journal, published in Washington, in its special edition for Naw-Ruz, altered the report of Galindo Pohl, the United Nations special rapporteur to the Human Rights Commission, by refuting the execution of the political opponents branded as drug smugglers and also the “situation of the Baha’is”, in favour of the Islamic Republic Regime’s anti-revolutionaries and adversaries.

This newspaper has published Galindo Pohl’s Report as an annexure, altering the important sections of the report of the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights and removing the sections at the end of paragraphs 243 and 251, [thus] rejecting the [report] of the execution of the political adversaries and stigmatizing them as drug smugglers, and [denying] the situation of the Baha’is.

As per the reporter for Kayhan-e Havaei, the Persian translation of the removed section regarding the refuted claim of the execution of the political adversaries and stigmatizing them as drug smugglers by the Iran Times Journal (paragraph 243) is as follows:

“Three thousand witnesses from the well-informed political adversaries have been commenting about the other [reports] that were not fully in favour of the government, and said that they were not aware of even one case of execution of political opponents under the pretext of their being drug smugglers. It would be surprising if such individuals, who live in such surroundings and fully follow current affairs, were not informed of such highly important events. The special rapporteur, relying on his own views and with absolute truthfulness, believes that until such time as a specific, reliable document has been presented to him, such claims have elements of speculation and suspicion, and therefore he will refute them…”

According to this report, the Iran Times has also omitted another section with relation to the conditions of the Baha’is in Iran, which is contained in paragraph 251, the translation of which is as follows: “…and also the observers stated that the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice was in their favour and is totally different from the previous [situation], although it has not yet been carried out. The understanding of the special rapporteur is that the condition of the Baha’is is now advancing towards some kind of broadmindedness and tolerance.”