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(Studio) Continued executions in Iran reported; number announced in past month as officially executed noted include persecution of Baha'i adherents.
REPORTER: Jane Pauley
(Wilmette, Illinois) Vahid Alavian, University of Illinois professor, and wife Barbara recalled learning of execution of his father due to being Baha'i follower. [ALAVIAN - discusses impact of news.] Founding of Baha'i in Iran and org.'s honoring of prophet and slain members noted. [Dr. Magdalane CARNEY - praises religion's martyears] Tenets of Baha'i outlined; basis of Moslem clerics' fear of Baha'i explained. Film of destruction of Baha'i shrine in Iran shown courtesy CTV; Iran's persecution of Baha'i described. [ALAVIAN - notes possibility of Moslem clergy having to either kill all Baha'is or give them their basic rights.] [US Baha'i executive director Glenford MITCHELL - comments on government-ordered persecution of Baha'is.] [ALAVIAN - compares Baha'is remaining in Iran with Jews staying in Germany; elaborates.] United Nations efforts to help Iranian Baha'is noted. [MITCHELL - says situation will worsen if world remains silent.] [ALAVIAN- says family is proud of father's martyrdom.]
REPORTER: Bob Abernethy
- Abernethy, Bob;
- Pauley, Jane
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