They beautify the image of the regime that oppresses their brothers because of religion

They beautify the image of the regime that oppresses their brothers because of religion

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They beautify the image of the regime that oppresses their brothers because of religion

The source of this disapproval is that these people, especially parliamentarians, are schizophrenic, as they condone the injustice done to members of their sects.

Observers say that the sect leaders in Iran are appointed by the mullahs’ regime.

Iranians are scheduled to go to the polls on June 18, to choose a candidate from among the 7 competing for the position of president, to succeed Hassan Rouhani, whose second and final term ends.

During the past days, the seven candidates ignored the Iranian presidential elections to the problems of sects and minorities.

Some argue that the Iranian constitution stipulates in its founding articles that Islam is based on the Twelver “Shiite” Jaafari school of thought and is the country’s official religion, and that it is the origin that remains forever.

touched shyly

Reformist candidate Abdel Nasser Hemmati, during his presentation of his electoral platform, touched on the situation of religious minorities in Iran, recalling that he would increase their participation alongside women in running the country’s institutions.

He did not address any of the details of their living and political conditions.

Conservative candidate Ibrahim Raisi, the most likely candidate, was known in the judiciary to issue unfair judicial rulings against members of religious and sectarian minorities, from Sunnis to Baha’is to Christians.

Raisi evaded the questions raised about the problem of religious minorities in Iran, contenting himself with talking about the unity of the Iranian nation and its common destiny.

It is estimated that the number of Iranian citizens who are not Shiite Muslims exceeds ten million, they are approximately 12% of the country’s population, of whom Kurds, Arabs and Baluch Sunni Muslims constitute the majority.

Christians, Zoroastrians, Mandaeans, Bahais and Jews constitute about 2% of the population, numbering more than one million, but their numbers are constantly declining, due to the pressures being exerted on them.

In his first comment on the situation of minorities in Iran, the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, relied on the US annual report on religious freedom.

“Iran continues to intimidate, harass, and detain members of religious minorities, including Baha’is, Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, Sunnis, and Sufi Muslims,” ​​Blinken said.

The human rights and political institutions concerned with Iranian affairs agree with this assessment.

Why these interfaces?

“The most important thing for the Iranian authorities is to cover up the forms of persecution that nearly ten million of its citizens are subjected to,” said the Iranian researcher in political affairs, Sinan Zagiri, in an interview with Sky News Arabia.

In order to achieve this end, the Iranian authorities appoint a number of loyalists from these sects as representatives, so that they try to paint a positive picture of the situation of minorities, while the picture is completely different, according to Zagiri.

Zagiri says that the Jewish representative, Humayun Samehabadi, is a model for that role, as he presents to the media a decorated picture of the conditions of the Jewish minority in Iran, despite their numbers having decreased from nearly 80,000 when the revolution broke out in 1979, to less than 15,000 at the present time, due to the pressures of the regime.

Young classes of Iranian religious and sectarian minorities asked direct questions to Iranian presidential candidates regarding the “barometric national identity card” and its role in monitoring and persecuting religious and sectarian minorities in the country.

The card, which has been compulsorily distributed to various residents of the country since early this year, contains information that determines the religion and sect of the person who obtained it, and it is the only way to access the Internet and social networking, which means that the Iranian security authorities can monitor the activities and interests of members of religious minorities on The Internet, but the Iranian presidential candidates either refused to answer or considered it part of “the automation of state institutions in Iran.”

suppression levels

Iranian writer and commentator Dogan Sharfani, in an interview with Sky News Arabia, enumerated the levels of political and ideological persecution faced by members of minorities in Iran.

Shirfani said: “It may come as a great surprise if we say that Iranian Jews and Christians are relatively less subject to persecution than the rest of the minorities. The members of the two sects, estimated at 150,000 people, are exposed and used by the Iranian political system in its relations with Western countries, yet three-quarters of them They emigrated in recent years, under the pressures of economic conditions and general political repression.

As for the Sunni Muslims, estimated at about ten million people, they are completely marginalized from any public role in the country, and their regions are completely neglected, and they cannot profess their beliefs in public places comfortably, according to Shirfani.

He added that the sect most exposed to oppression are the Baha’is, estimated at about 350,000, who are considered “heretics”, as their “secret” places of worship are subjected to abuse, as well as their graves being vandalized, and their senior preachers are imprisoned and punished with long years of imprisonment solely because of their beliefs.

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