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Iranian Deputy Minister: NGOs should shun politics; Basij is the largest NGO

Source: Mehr News Agency

Deputy Interior Minister for cultural and social affairs Alireza Afshar has said the NGOs should not get involved in political activities. Elsewhere in his remarks, Afshar said Basij is the country's largest NGO.

Basij militia attacking University of Tehran - June 2009.  Basij, a regime supported entity, has had the leading role in suppressing the protests after the 2009 presidential elections.

"People-based organizations should not engage in political activities. They can criticize the administration organizations in their private sessions, but they should not undermine the administration in their media outlets," Afshar said at the first meeting of the people-based organizations on Saturday.

NGOs should be careful not to fall into the trap of the enemies, especially in their relations with foreign organizations, he added.

He also emphasized that no Iran-based NGO has been involved in the political unrests following the June 2009 presidential election.

"According to the latest statistics released by the Interior Ministry and police, none of the NGOs have engaged in the post-election incidents," he asserted.

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