Indeed, there are countless reports from human rights organizations that document systematic violations of religious freedom, as well as persecution and discrimination against religious minorities.
The largest religious minority in Iran in Sunni Muslims (5-10% of the population) but their religious leaders are frequently the targets of Iran’s attacks, according to Dr. Majid Rafizadeh.
Molavi Abdolhamid Ismaeelzahi, Iran’s highest-ranking Muslim Sunni cleric and a spiritual leader for Iran’s Sunni minority, is constantly harassed by the Regime and his attempts to compromise with the Regime have failed. He is now banned from travelling inside Iran, let alone leaving the country, as he disclosed to the Center for Human Rights in Iran.
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh wrote: “Iran targets leaders of religious minorities in a shrewd attempt to impose fear collectively from the top of the group, in order to restrict the activities of its members.”
But why? Because Iran is suspicious of the Sunni minority and considers them to be outsiders in their own country.
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh wrote: “In addition, since one of the major revolutionary and religious principles of Iran’s ruling clerics has been to export Shiite ideology, non-Shiite groups are considered rivals, conspirators or threats to achieving such an ideological goal. No Sunni has been appointed to a high-level government position since the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979.”
The Regime uses its Ministry of Intelligence, paramilitary forces (the Basij), and judiciary to intimidate the Sunnis, but when the Sunnis have tried to fight back- citing the Iranian constitution- they have been shot down.
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh wrote: “This failure is due to the lack of fairness and due process in Iran’s judicial system, as well as the regime’s trumped-up and ambiguous charges against many Sunnis. Such articles in Iran’s Constitution that guarantee the rights of Sunnis are only a facade to delude the international community into believing that Iranian leaders respect religious freedoms and the human rights of all groups, irrespective of their ethnic or religious backgrounds.
Iran’s treatment of the country’s largest religious minority, the Sunnis, and their leaders continue to deteriorate under the second term of Hassan Rouhani’s presidency.”
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh implored human rights groups and the international community to call on Iran to end its persecution of the Sunnis and their religious leaders and allow them to exercise their faith.
Iran Briefing | News Press Focus on Human Rights Violation by IRGC, Iran Human Rights
Dec 09, 2018 Comments Off on Netanyahu: Hezbollah tunnels built with direct support and funding from Iran regime
Dec 06, 2018 Comments Off on Why Iran’s latest missile test is such a big deal
Dec 06, 2018 Comments Off on Trump’s international anti-Iran coalition looks like it’s falling apart. He doesn’t have a back-up plan.
Dec 05, 2018 Comments Off on Cracks in Iran deal coalition? Europeans fume over Tehran missile test
Dec 10, 2018 Comments Off on Europe is ‘saving’ the Iran deal by ignoring the violations
Dec 09, 2018 Comments Off on UPDATE 7-Israel targets “Hezbollah attack tunnels” from Lebanon
Dec 09, 2018 Comments Off on Lebanon Says Israel Has Shown No Proof of Hezbollah Tunnels
Dec 08, 2018 Comments Off on Israel launches operation to thwart Hezbollah border tunnels blamed on ‘Iranian entrenchment’
Dec 10, 2018 Comments Off on Europe is ‘saving’ the Iran deal by ignoring the violationsEurope is ‘saving’ the Iran deal by ignoring the violations Europe is ‘saving’ the Iran deal by ignoring the violations Iran on Saturday launched a ballistic missile that can deliver nukes — and the...
Dec 09, 2018 Comments Off on UPDATE 7-Israel targets “Hezbollah attack tunnels” from LebanonUPDATE 7-Israel targets “Hezbollah attack tunnels” from Lebanon UPDATE 7-Israel targets “Hezbollah attack tunnels” from Lebanon Israel said on Tuesday it had launched an operation to...
Jul 14, 2016 Comments Off on Corps’ one hundred thousand of triggered missiles in Lebanon:An official Israel-threatening by CorpsIran Briefing: Since August 7, 1979, when Ayatollah Khomeini declared the last Friday of Ramadhan as “Quds Day”, the Islamic Republic has always tried to hold an imposing ceremony by using state resources as well as requiring people’s involvement. This year’s Quds march had fundamental...