Washington, 24 August (WashingtonTV)â€”Parleman News, a Persian-language news website affiliated to the Line of the Imam pro-reform, minority faction in Iranâ€™s Majlis [parliament], reports today that â€œthe representatives of religious minorities in the eighth Majlisâ€ have been placed under â€œextreme pressureâ€ to accompany President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his trip to New York.
A source close to the Majlis deputies for religious minorities, told Parleman News that these pressures have increased with the approach of Ahmadinejadâ€™s trip to New York to take part in the annual United Nations General Assembly session.
The source said that the reason behind this pressure is â€œAhmadinejadâ€™s intention to display at the UN General Assembly session that there is religious freedom in Iran.â€
Religious minorities that are officially recognized by the Islamic Republic of Iran are represented by a total of five deputies in the Majlis. The Zoroastrian and Jews have each got one deputy; Armenian Christians of the north and south of the country have a total of two deputies and the Assyrian and Chaldean Christians in the country are represented by one deputy.
The Islamic Republic of Iran does not recognize the Bahaâ€™i faith.
Source: Parleman News, in Persian (www. Parlemannews.ir)