Iran’s minority rights violations condemned by the US Religious Freedom Commission

Iran’s minority rights violations condemned by the US Religious Freedom Commission

Published by on May 19, 2017

In its latest report released on Wednesday 14 May, the US Commission on Religious Freedom has addressed the religious freedom violations across the world, including Iran.

According to the report “there has been a continuous violation of religious freedom in Iran over the past year, with unlawful long detention, torture, imprisonment, and execution based on religious accusations being commonplace.”

The report also highlights the lack of religious freedom for Baha’is, Christians, and Sunnis, and stresses that dervish and dissident Shiites have also been subjected to intimidation, detention, and imprisonment.

The fact that the number of prisoners of conscience have increased since Rouhani’s presidency in 2013, is mentioned in the report.


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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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