Iran’s human rights violations are most evident in its discrimination and intolerance against religious minorities. These days some demonstrations took place in everywhere from followers of the Yarsan faith, against Iran’s severe penal codes and abusive practices raised the alarm about the sufferings of this religious minority. in 2014 Both Razavi and Tahari lost their lives a few days after the self-immolation, leading to anti-government demonstrations in Kermanshah. Their deaths reveal the extreme intolerance and persecution to which this peaceful religious minority is subjected.
While People of the Book, Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians are at least on paper recognized in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic, Yarsan does not constitute a legal entity. They are banned as a “false cult” and accused of falsifying Islam. As reported by Amnesty International’s 2008 annual report “Religious minorities which are not recognized under the Constitution, such as the Baha’is and ؛Yarsan are particularly at risk of discrimination and persecution. They have no right in law to practice their faith communally. Officials monitor the presence of unrecognized religious minorities in schools and workplaces. For some crimes such as murder, victims who are members of unrecognized religious minorities are not regarded as persons with full equality before the law.
Discrimination against the Yarsans has taken various forms including banning the faith, religious assembly, places of worship, religious monuments, symbols and rituals, religious speech, political and religious representation, publications or any kind of social activities such as blogger , the right to education and communication in Kurdish language , Kurdish dress code, employment …etc.
“Yarsan people are regarded as third-class citizens in Iran because they are both Kurd and Yarsan,”They are not allowed to attend the universities, take governmental positions, run for elections and have no representatives in the Iranian parliament.
The ultimate criterion used against them is the so called Gozinesh, a religious test imposed on religious minorities to exclude them from all arenas of social, political, and economic life so that they renounce their beliefs in favor of the dominant doctrine and dogmas.
For example, in a directive issued by the Ministry of Education in 1997, school administrators are encouraged to report any students or staff members of “Feragh e Zaleh, subversive sects (members of religious minorities) to the security office of the Ministry of Education within two weeks. (Amnesty International, 2008 report).
In the same report comes yet another leaked directive issued in 2007 by the Ministry of the Interior to the local governors to reject the requests of Yarsans to establish Jamehkhaneh or “place of worship” in various cities and villages. (Trans. Amnesty International, 2008 report).
Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) also reported that Sayed Farokh Shrine in the village of Khobyaran Jalalvand in Kermanshah province was demolished in June 2011.
In 2012 the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom described Iran as “a constitutional, theocratic republic that discriminates against its citizens on the basis of religion”
Yarsan religious and community leaders have been repeatedly summoned, interrogated, and often threatened or detained incommunicado by the Intelligence Agencies of the Islamic Republic.
Commenting on religious minorities in Iran in 2013, the U.N Special Rapporteur, Ahamad Shaheed says, “Members of both recognized and unrecognized religions have reported various levels of intimidation, arrest, detention and interrogation that focus on their religious beliefs. Some reported that they were psychologically and physically tortured.
There is no religious liberty in Iran because there is no liberty of any kind. The principle of Velayate Faghih has turned religion into politics and politics into an official religion in which religious minorities have no place and no voice. All have suffered the same fate in a country that has become a “dark vicious” place for all vulnerable minorities including Sunnis.
As the Islamic Republic callously ignores the international community’s efforts to put an end to institutionalized disenfranchisement and persecution of religious minorities, these groups are still plagued by the severe Islamic penal codes and restrictions. International human rights organizations should be commended for their documentation of human rights abuses. However, there is a pressing need to raise awareness about the Yarsans and the religious war that the Islamic Republic has waged against them.
There is some valid reference as all example I said but unfortunately most of them are Persian and just try to find English and valid web page so you can look forward and investigate with the greatest nicety:
This is our blogs below which because of revealing some information about Yarsan belief and wrote some article and criticized about government system and the other aspect of discrimination I was charged with propaganda against the regime, insulting the leadership and disturbing public opinion …
Also, there is more web page what it was guided by Iran’s regime to answer religious questions and you can see all the answer about our religion, it totally insult and calls unclean …
In this page, you can see the regime’s propaganda against Yari belief: http://sofiye.net/?p=343
The opinion of the constitution of the Islamic Republic and some Islamic Maraji about Yarsan: http://313muslims.blog.ir/post
The official web page of Ali Khamenei, Iranian leader. You can find out his viewpoint about the religious minority: http://farsi.khamenei.ir/treatise-content?id=23
The other website likewise those as I mentioned:
Jonas and Sirous Sanjabi,Farshid Soltani