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[Newspaper:] Kayhan Havai

[Date:] Wednesday, 8 Azar 1368 [29 November 1989] 29 Rabi‘ath -Thani 1410

[Issue No.:] 856

[Page:] 9

 

A Deceit Called: “Human Rights”!

Islamic Republic

30 Aban 1368 [21 November 1989]

The resolutions that have, so far, been approved against the Islamic Republic of Iran by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights have been organized and prepared by the Baha’is and the stirrers of sedition.

The repetition of the hollow story of “violation of human rights in Iran” has started once again at the United Nations… At the 37th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (Winter 1359 [1980]), the envoy of the Baha’i [International] Community gave a speech against the Islamic Republic of Iran, to which the required answer was given. Following this, the matter of the Baha’is assumes a wider dimension every day…

At the 38th session of the Commission on Human Rights in 1982, a Resolution regarding the violation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran was passed for the first time. In this Resolution—by recalling the previous resolutions of the General Assembly Meetings of the Commission, on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights of minorities—concerns over what has been called “a violation of fundamental freedoms and hasty executions in Iran” were expressed  and the general secretary of the United Nations was requested to strive, through direct communications with the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, to ensure that Baha’is enjoyed full human rights and fundamental freedoms, and to present its report to the Thirty-Ninth meeting of the Commission. In this Resolution, while inviting the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to cooperate with the general secretary, it was decided that the situation of human rights would be discussed again in the Thirty-Ninth meeting. This resolution was adopted by 19 votes in favour, nine against and 15 abstentions, and this was the beginning of a frequent and annual plan for [evaluation of] the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

It should be said that, during the mentioned session, the envoys of the Baha’is, as well as the envoys of the stirrers of sedition, were also present and played a major role in approval of the resolution. In the Thirty-Ninth meeting, held in 1983, a new resolution with 17 votes in favour, six against and 19 abstentions was once again approved against the Islamic Republic of Iran. This unseemly method was repeated in the Fortieth meeting in 1984, when another Resolution against the Islamic Republic of Iran was approved with 20 votes in favour and seven abstentions….