[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

[Date:] Monday, 18 Azar 1364 – 26 Rabi 'al-Awwal 1406 - 9 December 1985

[Issue No.:] 1261

 

Total Votes for the Resolution Are Less Than One Third of All Countries. This Shows That Resolution Issued Has No Socio-Political Bearing

Today’s Talks of Kayhan With Iran’s Representative to the United Nations About Recent Resolution of the Human Rights Commission

Dr. Rajaei Khorasani, in response to our first question about how this resolution was originally issued, stated, “The issue of human rights and human rights violations in Iran was one of the issues that for a long time ―that is from the beginning of the Revolution―has been raised by a number of Western countries against the Islamic Republic of Iran. These countries raised the issue at the [United Nations] Commission on Human Rights in Geneva with the support of major capitalist countries, at a time when a series of movements by the Baha’is, the fugitives, and the counter-revolutionaries had begun to strike Iran at the Commission on Human Rights.

We asked Dr. Rajaei Khorasani, “What do you think has caused them to raise the issue in these circumstances?”

He said, “A report has been prepared since this plan was presented and it was submitted to the Human Rights Commission, and after reviewing [it], they presented a resolution. That resolution prompted the appointment of a representative, who prepared the report. When this report reached the Human Rights Commission this year, it was the result of the last four years. This issue is nothing new and has a history. The street clashes that erupted in the early days of Bani Sadr's rise to power, the killing of innocent people and, at the same time, a series of contacts with the human rights members and a number of fugitive Baha’is who stole the country’s funds and  had fled Iran, all had a lot to do with the preparation of this resolution, so far.”

He added that a number of these fugitive Baha’is must now have a representative at the United Nations, meaning that the Zionist Baha’i movement is officially represented at the United Nations.

We asked, “What value could this resolution, which was recently passed in the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations, have?”

Iran’s representative to the United Nations responded, “The resolution points to two issues; one that is clear is the issue of Baha’is. When we say this resolution was drafted in favour of the Baha’is, we mean that it is under the complete influence of the Zionists and supports Zionism. The second issue is the issue of terrorists who have fled Iran, and, despite the crimes they have committed, they pretend to be oppressed. With the support of certain countries whose interest in Iran has been curtailed, they file their complaints with the Human Rights Commission. Therefore, this resolution is strongly influenced by the two forces of Zionism and international terrorism.”