Javad Larijani: People are not deprived of education or put on trial solely because of being Baha’is

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BBC farsi [BBC Persian]

Mohammad Javad Larijani*, the secretary-general of the Iranian High Council for Human Rights, has rejected “any form of discrimination and violation of rights, due to being a Baha’i” in Iran, and said that people are not deprived of education or put on trial solely because of being Baha’is.

According to the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA), on Sunday April 6, Mr. Larijani, referring to reports of violations of the rights of minorities in Iran, said “reports on Iranian human rights stating that the rights of minorities are being violated are blatant lies, are racist  and sectarian, and are contrary to human rights standards.”

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He emphasized that the Baha’i Faith is not a recognized religion, saying: “officials have never oppressed anyone because of being a Baha’i, as they believe that under the constitution every Iranian citizen has some rights, and they cannot be deprived of their rights, as stated in the constitution.”

This statement is despite the fact that the international Bahai community and minority rights activists in Iran say that after the revolution, Baha’is have been barred from attending universities and from holding government jobs .

Padideh Sabeti, a spokeswoman for the Bahai community, rejected Mr. Larijani’s statement, and told BBC Persian: “All those who are in prison and are Baha’is are in prison because of their religion. The Baha’i community is not the only one who says this — the lawyers who defend them also say that there is not the smallest shred of evidence supporting the arrest and imprisonment of these people; it is solely based on religious bigotry. Mr. Larijani needs to study this issue to see what is the problem.”

The Iranian government does not recognize the Baha’i Faith. Based on reports from the Baha’i International Community “tens of Baha’is” are currently in prison in Iran because of their beliefs. Iranian officials, on the other hand, make other charges such as relations with Israel against these people.

* A short biography of Dr. Larijani can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad-Javad_Larijani

Translation by Iran Press Watch

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/iran/2014/04/140406_nm_bahai_larijani_human_right.shtml

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6 Responses

  1. Susan

    April 10, 2014 11:29 pm

    Seriously? Can he name a single person who is openly Baha’i who has been allowed to graduate from a university in Iran in the last twenty years?

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  2. Vafa-Canada

    April 15, 2014 11:33 pm

    Mohammad Javad Larijani = Liar, murderer, hypocrite.
    He will be at the bottom of the garbage pile of Iranian history with the rest of the fanatical Hezbollah members of IRI.

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  3. jp

    July 16, 2015 12:21 pm

    Javad Larijani , one day it will be your turn to answer, your time will come up one day hopefully soon you’re the reason for all the murder’s of the enesent people, burn in hel

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  4. pej

    July 16, 2015 12:28 pm

    Your turn will come to soon one of this day’s, murderer, delusional, yaghi , stop lying to the public

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  5. John Butler

    July 24, 2015 8:09 am

    Mohammad Javad Larijani and the government of Iran are too stupid to believe. The world knows what is happening their but they live a lie…. I wish I was in heaven to see their punishment when it is their time. As others have said, Your turn will come and if not in this life, certainly in the next. For sure, Muhammad will turn his back on them. How great will be their suffering.

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