[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]

 

[Adopted from website:] Kayhan Newspaper

[Date:] 6 Khordad 1387 [26 May 2008]

 

“Adwar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat” [Periods of Consolidating Unity]: Let Us Recognize the Rights of the Baha’is (special news)

The secretary general of the illegal organization of “Adwar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat” [Periods of Consolidating Unity] called for the recognition of the rights of the Baha’is in Iran by publishing a letter on the counter-revolutionary online site!

Defending the rights of the perverse Baha’i sect, he wrote, “Baha’is, because of being born in Iran and living there, do not have different rights from other Iranians; hence, any persecution of them because of their belief in the modern age, is due to [ignorance of] the basic principles of the nation state.”

The secretary general of the “Adwar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat” then questions the Constitution—that the rights of the Baha’i sect are not recognized in it—and calls the Islamic Republic of Iran a system-oriented regime, and says, “The point which requires Iran’s clarification is, are Iranians’ equal rights recognised in the Islamic Republic? Or is the Iranian political system, regardless of Iranian nationality, merely religious and sectarian in nature?” A frank response to this question will also give rise to transparency in many other matters.

In continuation, he claimed, “Discussion about the rights of the Baha’is has been presented as the indicator of the truthfulness and impartiality of the Muslim human rights defenders in Iran and also international human rights institutions, [so] consider the method of interaction with the Baha’is as one of the major indicators of observing human rights in Iran.