Religious freedom conditions in Iran are egregiously poor as the government continues to respond to calls for reform by systematically cracking down on religious minorities. The government uses its official religious interpretation of the Islam faith as an ongoing basis for denying freedom of religion and belief to citizens who express dissent through peaceful protest.

Source: Worshipers carrying the Iranian flag arrive for the Friday Prayers in Tehran, RUETERS / Firouz


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