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[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:] Digarban

[Date:] 2 Aban 1392 [24 October 2013]

 

Baha’is in Iran Are Under Pressure From Within

Office of [the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran at] the United Nations – Baha’is in Iran are under pressure from within

In response to Ahmad Shaheed’s report, the Office of [the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran at] the United Nations claimed that Baha’is in Iran were being subjected to “inspection and imposition of ideas” by Baha’is themselves.

On Wednesday (1 Aban [23 October]), that Office sent a document to the UN high commissioner for human rights following the release of the latest report by Ahmad Shaheed, the UN Human Rights Council’s special rapporteur on the human rights situation in the country.

In this document, the details of Ahmad Shaheed’s report were rejected and some issues [that had been] raised in the field of human rights violations in Iran were answered.

The Iranian delegation to the UN office described Ahmad Shaheed’s report as “political” and added that reading the 1392 [1992] presidential election [as having been] inconsistent with international standards was “engineered” in the report.

The Office also rejected Ahmad Shaheed’s remarks about restrictions on freedom of expression in Iran, claiming that [under] the constitution of the Islamic Republic, matters of freedom of expression, information, and association have been covered.

Another part of the document states, “The accusations against imprisoned journalists and bloggers have nothing to do with freedom of expression; rather, these individuals have committed acts that are a crime under the law.”

Regarding the [fact that] death sentences and violent punishments are not in compliance with international standards, the office said, “In assessing the judicial and legal situation of any country, the cultural conditions of that country must also be taken into account.”

In a report by the Iranian delegation in Geneva, Ahmad Shaheed’s statements about discrimination against women and the violation of the rights of ethnic and religious minorities in Iran were also called “incorrect.”