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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Newspaper:] Ettelaat

[Date:] Monday, 25 Azar 1364 – 3 Rabi’ath-Thani 1406 - 16 December 1985

[Issue No.:] 17764

[Page:] 3


Iran’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations

The approval of the United Nations resolution against Iran with one-third of the votes shows that the resolution does not have the support of the international community.

…. Dr. Rejaie Khorasani, in an interview with the correspondent of the Islamic Republic’s News Agency, considered the approval of the above resolution as a clear political move by certain countries against the Islamic Republic…

… In another part of this interview, Dr. Rejaie also referred to the provisions of the resolution and its very soft tone, emphasizing that contrary to other resolutions that expressly refer to human rights violations in other countries, this resolution refers only to the rumours and allegations of human rights violations in Iran, and expresses concerns that these allegations have been made by biased people such as the Monafeghin [stirrers of sedition, referred to the Mojahedin Khalgh Organization] and the Baha’is and has no foundation nor basis.

And therefore, this resolution, which, despite its very soft tone, gets only 53 votes, has actually failed… 

… In this interview, Dr. Rejaie also made some remarks about the success of Iran’s representative to the United Nations in changing a significant number of votes, in favour of the Islamic Republic.

On the other hand, Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations, during a conversation with the news agency’s headquarters, said:

This resolution was prepared by the Western countries—in particular, the United States [of America] and Britain, and their allies—in support of the Monafeghin and the Baha’is. In the last paragraph of this resolution there is a specific reference to the perverse Baha’i sect. The signatories [of this resolution] were Australia, Mexico, Canada, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom, as well as several unknown countries.

The United States had not signed this resolution, but was one of its strongest supporters, to the point where, during the Third Committee, the United States representative openly supported the perverse Baha’i sect and urged all the countries to take a stand against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

…  A number of counter-revolutionary groups, such as the Monafeghin and the Baha’is, gathered in New York two months ago, contacting several agencies; they even travelled to some neighboring countries, using all propaganda tools, lies and libel. They even got in to the United Nations and were present in its committees, with the help of some countries …