10/01/2021 Iran (International Christian Concern) – Iran’s hardline Islamic government faces a growing divide between the regime and its people amidst poor human rights, disengagement, and religious freedom violations. Public distrust in the regime has greatly increased over the past 40 years. The freedoms of religious minorities’ children are routinely restricted, and public engagement in government institutions is quite low.
Some 71 percent of Iranians said they do not support any particular political faction, according to an article recently published in Geopolitics. The 2021 presidential election was widely boycotted, with just 22 percent of those surveyed expressed that they participated “a great deal”. The survey again and again showed numbers indicating Iranians low confidence and low engagement. And yet, only 22 percent indicated that they participated little to very little in religious activities.
For Iran’s religious minorities like Christians and Baha’is, their children face additional discrimination. Such is the case with Lydia, who was adopted by two Christian parents. Yet she was removed from their care because she is considered Muslim by the state. School-age children also experience persecution in their education, where they are segregated in classrooms by faith and intolerance to other faiths beyond Shi’a Islam is incorporated into all aspects of study. Starting at the age of seven, all girls must also wear hijab when in public, regardless of their faith.
Iran’s growing divide between its constituents and an extremist regime is only magnified in the realm of religious freedom.
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