Sen's daily

November 2, 2015

Kurdistan Region of Iraq recognizes Bahais as religious minority

Bas News, August 24, 2015.

The Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs has announced that Jews, Zoroastrians, Kakai and Bahais will have representatives in the Ministry, following confirmation by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Subsequent reports indicate that the KRG has approved the move, and that the Jewish representative has begun work. There is no indication of whether the Bahai representative has been appointed, but the Iranian Consul has visited the Ministry of Religion to complain about the new representatives for Jews and Bahais.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs Mariwan Naqshbandi said in August that according to the constitution, people have the right to choose and practice their religion freely, and they can have representatives in the Ministry. “A number of religious minorities of the Kurdistan region, including Jews, Zoroastrians, Kakai and Bahais will have representatives in the ministry to manage their religious activities in the future.”

There are no official statistics on Bahais in Iraq, but there are communities in Baghdad and also in Sulaimaniyah, in the Kurdistan Region, where they have a degree of security.

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  1. I wonder why the Iranian Consul would be unhappy at freedom of religion in Kurdistan. Isn’t enough what they are doing to religious minorities in his country? Some people absolutely have no shame.

    Comment by Gamal H. M. Hassan — November 2, 2015 @ 17:55 | Reply

    • Unfortunately, it probably has to do with regional power struggles. Everyone wants to control the region not just their own house. It just shows how weak and lacking in confidence and faith governments (even those supposedly run by religious people) are.

      Comment by Roxana Morgan — November 3, 2015 @ 00:57 | Reply

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