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US State Dept. report lists Iran as a main religious rights violator

US State Department
US State Department

By: PMOI/MEK staff writer


May 29, 2018 - The U.S. State Department has issued its annual “International Religious Freedom Report” today, slating the Iranian regime amongst the main violators of religious rights.

In Iran, religious minorities such as the Sunnis, Bahais, Christians, Jews, Sabean-Mandaeans, Zoroastrians and Yarsanis are quelled and see their rights violated.

This report refers to the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners, mostly members and supporters of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK):

“In August 2016, local media reported the Qom branch of the Special Clerical Court interrogated Montazeri for posting audio recordings of his father, the late cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri. In the recorded speech, the grand ayatollah condemned a 1988 mass execution of political prisoners.”

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo personally announced the publication of this report, emphasizing religious freedoms for people across the globe is of the highest priorities for U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.

Following Secretary Pompeo’s remarks, Sam Brownback, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, underscored how religious freedom is a fundamental human right, adding it is Washington’s objective to guarantee freedom for religious minorities in various countries.

Iran is a country in which religious freedoms are at a very poor state and this raises many concerns, Brownback highlighted.

The 2017 International Religious Freedom Report mentions how 120 members of Iran’s Sunni minority are in prison and 22 have been executed.

Bahai followers are victims of discrimination, imprisonment and detention, according to the report.

From 2000 onward, Iranian regime officials have detained over 600 Christians and converts, 80 of such cases took place between the months of May and August 2016.

This report also raises the Iranian regime’s crackdown against journalists and women, saying the mullahs’ regime forces women to abide by its clothing regulations.

The full report can be viewed here.