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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Date:] Wednesday, 8 Khordad 1370 – 29 May 1991 - 14 Dhu’l-Qade 1411
[Issue No.:] 2
New American Declaration for Supporting the Iranian Baha’is
The [United States] House of Representatives and Senate plan to pass a resolution soon condemning the Iranian government’s treatment of Baha’is in both houses. Democratic Senator Albert Gore of Tennessee described the resolution in this way: “This year’s resolution is prepared in a constructive spirit, so that Iran does not see criticism in it alone but also observes encouragement for further improvement. The resolution will call on the Iranian government to respect the freedom of the Baha’i community in Iran.”
Another U.S. senator, Christopher Dour [Dodd], said, “If the issue of improving Iran-U.S. relations is raised in Congress, the issue of the Baha’is must be emphasized.”
In this press conference, Kazem Firouzzadeh [Firouz Kazemzadeh], who has been described as the spiritual leader of the Baha’i community in the United States, also claimed in a speech that this year’s resolution would have far-reaching implications. He answered in the negative to the question of whether the Baha’i community in the United States could help their fellow Iranians in Iran. He put the number of Baha’is who left Iran after the revolution at 30,000, of whom 12,000 live in the United States.
The U.S. Congress has so far passed four resolutions in 1982, 1984, 1988 and 1990, in support of the Baha’is.