Iran Loses A Voice Of Conscience

Iran has lost an important voice of conscience with the passing away last week of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who died at the age of 87. According to Nader Hashemi  Assistant Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

On many of Iran’s most sensitive and politically charged debates, Montazeri intervened in an unprecedented manner that marked a clear contrast with the ruling ideology of Iranian regime. On the question of Iran’s persecuted Baha’i minority, he called for the granting of full citizenship rights and rejected longstanding views on the punishment for apostasy in Islam.

Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2009/OPINION/12/22/hashemi.iran.conscience/

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