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
Jul 16, 2018 Comments Off on Iran is Imprisoning University Students Accused of Attending Protests
Jul 15, 2018 Comments Off on How the Iran deal is bringing terror to Europe and other commentary
Jul 13, 2018 Comments Off on Trump Says Iran Will Seek Deal To Ease Economic ‘Pain’ From Sanctions
Jul 10, 2018 Comments Off on Iran vows to sell as much oil as it can in face of U.S. sanctions
Aug 20, 2018 Comments Off on Nasrin Sotoudeh’s house was attacked by intelligence agents in Iran
Aug 19, 2018 Comments Off on An Iranian Dream: “Why Can’t I Dance?”
Aug 15, 2018 Comments Off on Iran Jails One Civic Activist, Frees Another Held for 10 Years
Aug 14, 2018 Comments Off on Iran’s Top Leader Faults Rouhani for Crisis, Saying He Crossed ‘Red Lines’
Aug 14, 2018 Comments Off on Iran’s Top Leader Faults Rouhani for Crisis, Saying He Crossed ‘Red Lines’Iran’s Top Leader Faults Rouhani for Crisis, Saying He Crossed ‘Red Lines’ Iran’s Top Leader Faults Rouhani for Crisis, Saying He Crossed ‘Red Lines’ – Iran’s supreme leader made his sharpest...
Aug 06, 2018 Comments Off on Protests in Iran as US sanctions loomProtests in Iran as US sanctions loom Protests in Iran as US sanctions loom – Sporadic protests were taking place in cities in Iran for a fourth day, on Saturday, as Iranians brace for a return of US sanctions,...
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...