[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:] Mehr News Agency

[Date:] 25 Dey 1390 [15 January 2012]

 

Yazd - Mehr News Agency: The director-general of the Justice Administration of the Province of Yazd said, “The perverse sects have had the least propaganda and malicious operations in Yazd Province and even their brief activities have been severely dealt with.”

According to the Mehr reporter, on Sunday noon, at the meeting of the Commission on Tribes, Sects and Religions of the Security Council of Yazd Province, Gholam Hosein Heidari said, “Due to the deep religious zeal in Yazd Province, these groups have not been able to create a fatal problem”...

Heidari [said that he] considered the implementation of extensive cultural activities and illumination of public thought as the best way to deal with the propaganda effects of misguided groups and sects. He said, “After performing cultural works, judicial treatment of the propagators of misguided sects will be considered and the judiciary will apply the law in the best way possible in this regard.”

Referring to the social, cultural and religious sensitivities of different ethnic groups and sects, he added, “Considering these sensitivities, the study of this issue in any situation is of special importance and should be seriously considered.”

Heidari continued, “If the sects, different groups and religions that are known as heretical sects, and have not been officially recognized by the regime, act or take steps to create problems for the holy Islamic regime, [the regime] will stop their activities and deal with them severely.

Stating that the holy Islamic regime has given many freedoms to some schools and religions based on the principles of the constitution, he added, “Also, according to these principles, different religious sects and groups must observe Islamic principles and in no way should they harm the country.”

In another part of the meeting, he warned against the penetration of the ideas of some heretical sects into the minds of young people. He added, “If some of these sects, such as Wahhabism and Baha’ism, want to create a problem for the country and the people, [the regime] will deal with them decisively.”