New York, May 25, IRNA-A Canadian newspaper Wednesday officially apologized to Iran for publishing a front-page story last week that said religious minorities living in Iran are to be required to wear colored badges in public.
The Canadian daily `National Post', in an article published in its Friday edition, said that "a new dress-code reportedly passed in Iran this past week mandates the government to make sure that religious minorities -- Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians -- will have to adopt distinct color schemes to make them identifiable in public."
According to the article, "the Iranian government has envisioned that all Iranians wear standard Islamic garments designed to remove ethnic and class distinctions."
It said that under the proposed national dress code, the pertinent law of which is still awaiting final approval by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, "Jews will have to wear a yellow band on their exterior in public, (Zoroastrians blue), while Christians will be required to don red ones."
Apologizing to the Iranian government and nation, the National Post, in its Wednesday edition, admitted that the story had been concocted by a Jewish human rights group based in Los Angeles and confirmed by two Iranian exiles in Canada who told the paper they had heard the same story from their contacts in Iran.
In a letter to National Post, the press attache of the Iranian embassy in Ottawa, Hormoz Qahramani, rejected the article.
Qahramani's letter pointed out that accusations of the kind against the Islamic Republic of Iran are part of a vast conspiracy to undermine the country by certain countries or individuals.
In related developments, the representative of the Jewish minority in the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis), Maurice Motamed, also dismissed the article as a "complete fabrication." Interviewed by a western news agency, he said the alleged dress requirement was a lie and people who concocted it were pursuing certain political ends.
Such reports originating outside Iran is an insult to the religious minorities of the country, Motamed added.
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