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IUA claims Iran “safest country for religious minorities”

Source: Iran Daily

The secretary-general of the International Union of Assyrians (IUA) said religious minorities enjoy a better quality of life in Iran. “Iran is the safest country in the world for religious minorities,“ said Yonatan Bet-Kolia, who also represents the Assyrians and Chaldeans in the Parliament, Presstv reported. Bet-Kolia was elected as the new secretary-general of the International Union of Assyrians in September.

He formerly served as deputy chief of the IUA and head of its Asia department.

Last week, the union relocated its central office to Iran after four decades of presence in the United States.

Bet-Kolia said while some “600,000 Assyrians in the United States are not represented in the US Congress“ some 20,000 Assyrians living in Iran have a representative in the 290-seat Majlis.

“I cannot name a country that respects the rights of minorities as Iran does,“ he was quoted as saying.

In the wake of poor UN supervision and the shocking performance of the US and British armies over the past five years, at least 700,000 Assyrians were forced to flee Iraq.

Kolia said his people face oppression in the war-torn Arab country, including sexual abuse of women and children, their leaders were assassinated, and their houses and lands were seized and given to those backed by the US Army. The United States hosted the IUA for more than four decades.

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دسته‌بندی شده در: Iran, Islam, Islamic countries, Middle East

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