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President Rohani's Minority Advisor Faces Challenges

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Hassan Rohani's advisor on ethnic and religious minority affairs has been the subject of serious attacks by the right-wing factions of the Islamic Republic administration, and according to Keyhan, he has been summoned by the judiciary to give certain explanations.

Ali Younesi during a visit to the Armenian church in Shiraz in May 2014

Ali Younesi, whom Keyhan refers to as Rohani's "extremist advisor", is said to have been summoned by the Special Court for the Clergy for his so-called "strange and scandalous statements."

Keyhan cites allegations published by Jahan News that Younesi has had to give a written declaration that he would refrain from "irrelevant and provocative comments."

Hassan Rohani has been the first president to actually appoint an advisor for Ethnic and Religious Minority Affairs.

The Shargh daily quoted Younesi about his impression of the 2009 presidential election, which he called "a deep wound in society" that has marginalized many groups. The Islamic Republic hardliners, however, refer to the 2009 election protests as sedition and refuse to accept the reformist view of the protests as a legitimate demand for a vote recount in view of allegations of vote fraud.

Younesi has also spoken in support of teaching local languages in provincial schools and hiring people from the local population to fill provincial leadership jobs.

Related Story: Photos: Rohani's Adviser Visits Church And Synagogue In Shiraz

Hojatoleslam Ali Younesi, President Hassan Rohani's adviser for ethnic groups and religious minorities, visited a church and a synagogue in the city of Shiraz on Friday. Younesi stressed that the general policy of the Islamic system in Iran and the present government in particular is that no Iranian be deprived of its rights for religious reasons. - 5/4/14


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