[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]
[Date:] Sunday, 19 Khordad 1381 – 19 June 2002
[Issue No.:] 4740
Critics of Yoshka Fisher
Yoshka Fisher, the foreign minister of Germany, recently announced to the reporters that, “Germany is opposed to the punishments that are being meted out in Iran according to the laws of Islam”.
In this interview, Fisher mentioned the Baha’is as a religious minority and expressed support for them.
Fisher stated, “We are concerned about human rights in Iran.” Regarding the statements of the foreign minister of Germany, I will point out the following.
- This type of expression of opinion is a clear interference in the internal affairs of Iran. It violates the [human] rights that because of those rights all countries, have accepted the membership to the United Nations ...
. . . The Baha’is are not a religious minority. They are a system of espionage that is fed from the espionage services of the United States, Israel, and Britain. Mr. Fisher could at least have obtained this information from his own minister of intelligence.
None of the sects of Islam recognize Baha’ism as a religion or faith . . .