[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:] Post-e-Tehran

[Date:] 20 Ordibehesht 1334 [11 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 583

 

From the Parliamentary Correspondent of Post-e Tehran

By the End of Next Week, the Results of Government Studies to Determine the Fate of the Baha’i Sect Will Be Known and Reported to the Parliament.

The bill drafted by the National Consultative Assembly to outlaw the Baha’i sect contains important and significant material. The course of yesterday’s private session of the National Consultative Assembly and the negotiations that took place in this session, the statements of the speakers and the acting prime minister, all indicated the need to fight against this irreligious sect, declaring it illegal and taking the right decision and a logical approach about its followers [incomplete]…[that] they had decided to present.

The detailed course of parliament’s discussions during yesterday’s private session was presented to the dear readers in last night’s issue, and the speeches of the speakers in that meeting were also mentioned to some extent. The subject that has increased importance and yesterday’s issue, also had some reference made to it [incomplete]…, but the remarks of Mr. Entezam, deputy prime minister, delayed the submission of this plan.

The Promise of the Government

The main reason why Mr. Safaie did not present his plan in yesterday’s public meeting was that the government had promised to study it as soon as possible, make the necessary decision, and inform the National Consultative Assembly of the results, and then any legal decision [would have to] be adopted by the legislature of the country and [then] be implemented.

It Has Important Points

As we are informed, the plan, which has been prepared by Mr. Seyyed Ahmad Safaie and signed by many deputies, contains important matters, including the facts that he has mentioned about this plan: that if the teachers of this religion propagate their religion, they will be sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment. The additional point mentioned about this plan is the confiscation of the property of the Baha’i assemblies in favour of the government. This plan also mentioned the dismissal of the Baha’i employees from government offices. Considering the points mentioned about this plan, one can say that, should this plan be presented to the parliament, since its approval is inevitable, an enormous step has been taken, after so many years, to suppress this group.

Until Next Weekend

As we have been informed, the government has promised to conduct some studies to determine the fate of the Baha’is by the end of this week; the result should be reported to the parliament, and, if necessary, a bill or plan should be submitted.

An influential member of the National Consultative Assembly said today, “If the government does not take any action by next week, we, the signatories of Mr. Safaie’s plan, will ask him to submit his plan so that the fate of this group can be determined as soon as possible, their hypocrisy dismantled, and the roots of this group be cut off from the country."

According to this influential member of parliament, it can be predicted that, in both cases, the government and the parliament will determine the fate of the Baha’is by the end of next week.