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News ID: 428
Iran » Iran
Publish Date: 11:54 - 09 March 2013
TEHRAN, YJC. Representative of Iranian Christians in the Majlis criticizes Ahmed Shaheed’s report on violation of religious minority rights in Iran.

Karen Khanlari said "The religious minority community in Iran has always enjoyed material and spiritual rights like any other citizen. Despite poisoned propaganda by some countries violation of the rights of religious minorities is false news.”

He added "Religious minorities recognized by Islamic Republic of Iran constitution enjoy well-defined rights which currently prevail.”

Khanlari stated "Religious minority conditions such as freedom and sustenance of ritual, educational and cultural services have not changed compared to the past.”

The Christian Lawmaker also said that in the Majlis as well there are no differences among religious minority and Muslim representatives regarding the constitution and execution of laws.

He added "Iran has been a blending of different religions and ethnicities since olden times. Throughout history common interests have tied all Iranians together.”

"We as religious minorities first of all consider ourselves as Iranians and belonging to this country; and we fare within the interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he stated.

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