The representative of the Iranian Assyrians at the Iranian Parliament, Yonathan Betkolia, has said all minorities enjoy complete freedom in the Islamic Republic.

“These freedoms are to such an extent that it is not comparable with any of the regional countries; they include freedom in all cultural, educational, social and religious aspects of the religious minorities,” he said.

The MP reiterated that the Assyrian community had been living in Iran for over 3,000 years demonstrating the peaceful nature of Iranians.

The Iranian constitution has officially recognised Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism as divine religions alongside Islam.

The constitutions also recognises Assyrians as a religious minority designating for them one seat in the Iranian Parliament despite only numbering approximately 50,000 people in the 79 million strong country.

Non-Muslim religious minorities make up 14 of the 290 members of the Iranian Parliament although only constituting 2% of the population.


P. Antonopoulos is currently a Candidate for an MA Degree, writing his dissertation on the Saudi-Iranian Geopolitical Rivalry in the Syrian War.

You can follow him on twitter: https://twitter.com/oulosP

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