[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]

 

[Adapted from website:] Khabar Online

[Date:] 2 Aban 1391 [23 October 2012]

 

Iran’s Response to the Remarks of the Canadian Foreign Minister at the Inter-Parliamentary Union

The Iranian delegation to the 127th session of the [Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPV[U])] responded to the Canadian foreign minister’s remarks about Iran.

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[Jalali], a member of the delegation to Canada, in response to another claim by the Canadian foreign minister that the rights of minorities in Iran had been violated, which introduced the Baha’is as an oppressed religious minority in our country, [stated that], in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, respect for the rights of official religious minorities had been predicted [prescribed] from the very beginning of the victory of the revolution, and it continues yet.

He also said that the Baha’is in Iran are not a religious minority, but a political sect without identity, and supported by some powers to interfere in the internal affairs of Iran.

Jalali also said, “the Islamic Republic of Iran, based on the teachings of Islam, respects all the Prophets and Divine Religions and does not oppose Judaism and Christianity, but our opposition is to occupation and oppression, and we support freedom.”

He added, “The Zionist regime is the perfect manifestation of occupation and oppression in the present era.”