Posted by: bahareiran | November 18, 2010

Religious freedom deteriorates in Iran, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, November 17, 2010 (AFP) – The US government said Wednesday that respect for religious freedom deteriorated in Afghanistan and Iran while China and Indonesia earned mixed scorecards.

The report said “government respect for religious freedom continued to deteriorate in Iran, with which the US government is locked in a showdown over its nuclear ambitions and human rights.

“The government severely restricted freedom of religion and reports of government imprisonment, harassment, intimidation, and discrimination based on religious beliefs continued during the reporting period,” the report said.

Iranian Muslims who were not from the majority Shiite group faced “substantial societal discrimination,” it said.

“And government rhetoric and actions created a threatening atmosphere for nearly all non-Shia religious groups, most notably Bahais, as well as Sufi Muslims, evangelical Christians, members of the Jewish community,” it said.

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