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The Iran Primer

Religious Freedom

Rouhani and Zarif Wish Jews Happy New Year

            On September 4, President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif used Twitter to wish a happy new year to the wo

Rouhani Wishes Jews Happy New Year

            On September 4, President Hassan Rouhani used Twitter to wish a happy new year to the world’s Jews.

Iran Minorities 1: Diverse Religions

Bijan DaBell           

U.S. Report on Iran Religious Freedom Abuses

            Iran’s government reportedly imprisoned, harassed and discriminated against more people for their religious beliefs in 2

Report: Religious Freedom Abuses

            Iran continues to engage in “systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom, including prolonged det

Pew: Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion

             Among 197 countries, Iran ranked sixth in restricting freedom of religion, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

U.S. Welcomes Release of Christian Pastor

On Sept. 10, the State Department applauded Iran’s release of a Christian Pastor who was sentenced to death for apostasy in 2010.

Part II: U.S. Slams Iran on Baha’is

The State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom report focused particular attention on Iran’s Baha’is, the country’s largest religious minority at between

Part I: Iran “Horrible” on Religious Freedom

On July 30, 2012, the U.S. Department of State released its annual International Religious Freedom Report, which highlighted serious human rights violations in Iran.

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