[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

86 – 8 Khordad 1345 [29 May 1966]

 

Esteemed Permanent Administrative Court of the Head Office of the Department of Education of Khorasan

This is according to letter number 5254/M – 7 Farvardin 1345 [27 March 1966] of the Personnel Head Office of the confidential office of the Ministry of Education, and letter 14/M – 14 Ordibehesht 1345 [4 May 1966] of Education Department of Bojnourd County, which was attached to letter number 149 – 28 Ordibehesht 1345 [18 May 1966] of the Head Office of the Department of Education of Khorasan, referred to the confidential office of the Department of Education of Khorasan,  and a review of the enclosed letter to Mr. Ahmad Shams, teacher of elementary schools in Bojnourd County, which was sent to the Head Office of the Department of Education of Khorasan with number 132/M – 14 Esfand 1344 [5 March 1966] from the Education Department of Bojnourd County, regarding Mr. Shams’s confession in his own handwriting and with his signature, to being a follower of Baha’i ideology; plus reviewing letter 4910/M – 22 Esfand 1344 [13 March 1966] of the confidential office of the Ministry of Human Resources’ main office, regarding employees who are accused of Baha’ism.

According to paragraph 4, Article 2 of the National Employment Act, official government employees in general, and educational employees in particular, must have specific qualifications, such as “no convictions for corruption in beliefs, and not being known for corrupt morality or open debauchery.” Article 8 of the said Act indicates that “Displaying political partiality in administrative affairs, and propaganda against the official State religion or against national government are absolutely forbidden and cause for dismissal.” Article 7 also explicitly indicates: “Those who enter official service must take the oath based on religious rites, not commit treason against the State, people or national principles.” The first Article of the Supplementary Constitutional Law: “Iran’s official religion is Islam, the true system of Twelver - Imam Jafari”.

Based on the above-mentioned laws, Prime Ministerial Order number 7682 - 24 Tir 1334 [16 July 1955] was issued, and it added “Employees who are notorious for vice, or profess religions other than the ones recognized in the Constitution, must be expelled from government service. Now if an employee insists on believing in the Baha’i religion, he should be dismissed.”

Based on the aforementioned points, and keeping in mind that education is of great importance, the goal is to choose proper religious teachers for Muslim children whose discerning powers have not fully developed. In addition to teaching all educational subjects in general, the elementary teacher’s competence should be in teaching Islamic religious studies in particular. Since Mr. Ahmad Shams has professed [Baha’ism] in the application, his being a Baha’i is clear and evident, and such a person lacks employment requirements and the said qualifications, his being in the educational institutions would be a cause of disdain for other teachers, and result in people’s anger and lack of trust in the educational organizations. Continuation of his employment is neither to the benefit of the Ministry of Education, nor to that of local educational organizations, nor to himself. Therefore, based on the abovementioned legal Articles, permanent dismissal of Mr. Ahmad Shams, elementary teacher of Bojnourd schools of government service, is proposed.

Permanent Administrative Public Prosecutor of the Head Office of the Department of Education of Khorasan

Habibollah Hasani

8 Khordad 1345 [29 May 1966]