World Bulletin / News Desk
Human rights organizations have noted Iran’s efforts to improve the treatment of minorities in the country after President Hassan Rouhani declared that Sunni Muslims in Tehran would be free to open their own mosques.
In a meeting with Sunni Muslim representatives, Rouhani said that he would work to remove all obstacles blocking them from equal rights in the predominantly Shi’ite Muslim country. In the past, Sunnis in Tehran have complained that they have not been given the freedom to worship, and that despite there being 9 Sunni mosques in the capital, Iranian authorities often block entry to them. The Iranian government has denied that there ever has been a problem with Sunnis worshipping in the country.
Jelal Jelalzade, the parliament representative of Iran’s Kurdish minority, has previously complained that he was denied access to the Sunni Sadeghiyeh mosque.
After the 1979 revolution, Iran prevented Sunnis from building mosques in Tehran. In the past 10 years, the Iranian Reform Association has been working to provide Sunnis were temporary places to pray on Fridays and Eid days.
The twelfth article of the Iranian constitution grants freedom of worship to Sunnis, and officially recognizes the Hanafi, Shafii, Maliki and Hanbali Sunni schools of thought.Last Mod: 09 Kasım 2013, 15:29