Religious Minorities Not Different From Other Iranian Citizens,
Religious Minorities Not
Different From Other Iranian Citizens, MPs
TEHRAN -- In Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran the rights
of the religious minorities in the country have been included and there
is no different between them and other citizens in Iran, an MP said here
Speaking to the TEHRAN TIMES representative of the Iran's Armenian
minority in the Majlis Artavas Baqoumian said that religious monorities
in Iran are free to perform their religious rituals and establish
cultural centers and other organizations for their activities.
"I don't know on what evidence the West is making claims that the
religious minoroties in Iran are deprived of their freedom.
I have never seen anybody be put under pressure in Iran because of his
religion," the deputy explained. "Of course there are some issues in the
Constitution such as blood money and punishment in retaliation of a crime
(qesas) which have to be amended for the religious minorities,"
Touching on the recent arrest of the 13 Jewish spies in Shiraz, and claims
made by the West that they have been arrested because of their religion,
the deputy said that the country's officials should clarify the issue for
the Iranian people and the world in the shortest time possible.
Also speaking to the TEHRAN TIMES was the representative of the
Zoroastrians minority in the Majlis Parviz Ravani, who said that the
religious minorities in Iran in many instances enjoy privilages by the
country's officials. "There are some issues in the Constitution which
should be amended and we have started taking measures in this relation,"
The deputy reiterated that nobody had ever been arrested in Iran because
of their religion. Recently some 70 anti-revolutionaries held a rally
outside the Iranian Embassy in Bonn, Germany and claimed that Christians,
Jews and Bahais are under pressure in Iran.
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